GP-9 #1912

Built in October 1955 as a GP-9 by the Electro Motive Division of General Motors (EMD) for the Seaboard Air Line Railway (SAL) and numbered 1912. It was actually built utilizing the frame, generator, electrical components and trucks from an EMD FT “A” unit that had been traded in. It was built with a high short hood and was the only GP-9 painted in the lime green and yellow striping of SAL’s second freight scheme. In 1967 the SAL merged with the Atlantic Coast Line (ACL) forming the Seaboard Coast Line (SCL). The engine was renumbered 1011 and repainted into the SCL standard scheme of black with yellow striping and the “Pulling for You” slogan emblazoned under the cab . The engine was caught up in another round of mergers when, in 1982, SCL merged with the Louisville & Nashville Railroad (L&N) forming the Seaboard System Railroad (SBD). The engine kept the number 1011 until retiring from the SBD roster on April 10, 1984.


          Sold to Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in 1984, the short hood was chopped down for better visibility when switching. It was painted red and it renumbered 28. The engine was placed in service at the Kingston, Tennessee steam powered electric generating station until being retired by TVA in mid-2009. Upon retirement by TVA, the engine was acquired by the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM) and was renumbered 102. In 2015, TVRM repainted it in their elegant corporate scheme and gave it back it’s original number, 1912.


          In 2017, the 1912 was sold to the Orland & Northwestern Railway (O&NW) for excursion train service out of Tavares, Florida. Of interest, the 1912 was operated alongside Clinchfield F-7A 800 and L&N GP30 #1030 which were on lease to O&NW. For a brief time, there were three vintage Family Lines locomotives working together again. O&NW ceased operations soon after the 2019 Christmas season and the engine was stored at the Florida Central Railroad (FCEN) Plymouth, Florida shop. In the fall of 2020, 1912 along with several cars from the O&NW operation, were relocated to the St. Marys Railroad (SM) in St. Marys, Georgia. 1912 now pulls trains for the Florida-Georgia Steam Heritage Museum on their Georgia Coastal Railway heritage train. Plans call for it to eventually be repainted back to it’s SAL lime green color scheme.