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The First Turbo SD
by George Melvin

Part 4

SOU SD24 2512 heads up a quartet of three-year-old SD24s being serviced at Youngtown Yard in Louisville, KY, on March 10, 1963. Louisville was another north end destination for the SOU SD24 fleet during its prime. Note the additional icicle breaker on this unit (and others). There are two walkway lights mounted along the top edge of the hoods, and the automatic train control (ATC) shoe is on the middle axle of the forward truck. Decals: Microscale 87-539 and 87-540 (striping). Tom Smart photo, Bill Linley collection


system, such as the famous Rat Hole, the CNO&TP from he Southern (SOU) Railway was the last of the four Cincinnati south through the mountains to Chattanooga. Now major buyers of the SD24. Like the Santa Fe and they were getting worn out, and the SD24 was called upon to Burlington, they had a fleet of elderly FTs coming due for replacement. The company owned a total of 68 FTs spread among the Southern proper; the Cincinnati, New Orleans & Texas Pacific (CNO&TP) and New Orleans & Northeastern (NO&NE) three of the five affiliates that comprised the Southern System. The SOU owned 48 units and the CNO&TP and NO&NE had 12 and eight units, respectively. Also like the other SD24 customers, the Southern was looking to make another improvement in operating efficiency. The remarkable improvement from steam power to the FT and other early freight diesels Three months after retirement on the SOU, CNO&TP SD24 6317 and a mate are had now become the status working on the Milwaukee Road at Bensenville, IL, on March 4, 1978. Still wearquo. ing its last lettering from its Southern career, it has the nose shield. The icicle The roster of FTs pro- breakers have been removed. Note the letter H after the road number and the vided a total of 91,800 horse- ACI scanner plate along the long hood. This unit was rebuilt by the MILW and power when built. These became Precision 1817 and later was sold to the Chicago & Northwestern. engines had dieselized the Decals: Microscale 87-539 and 87-540 (stripes). most rugged mainlines of the John C. Benson photo, George Melvin collection



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