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Photo Gallery 50 - 21st Century Steam

Southern Railway 630



Title Photo by Steve Baker, Piedmont Steam Supply


Greenville, SC - June 4, 2012 - Photos by Jim Pitts


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Greer, SC - June 5, 2012


SR 630 was the first steam locomotive on these rails since 1994


Southern Railway 630 passing through Wellford, SC -  June 5, 2012


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Southern Railway 630 Spencer to Barber Junction NC - June 16, 2012


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Spencer, NC - June 9, 2012



Southern Railway 630 was built in 1904 by the American Locomotive Company (Richmond Works) for the Southern Railway. It is a 2-8-0 Consolidation of Southern's Ks-1 class.  The 630 was used on Southern in regular freight service until her retirement in 1952. December of that year, the 630 and sister locomotive, 722, were purchased by the East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad and numbered 207 and 208 appropriately. In December 1967, both locomotives were traded back to the Southern for use in their steam excursion program and restored to their former identities in return for a pair of former Central of Georgia Alco RS3's. The steam locomotives headed main line excursion trains over the entire Southern system until 1983 when both were retired again from the Southern in favor of larger power. They both were leased to the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. 722 was later loaned by Southern's successor NS to the Asheville Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society of Asheville, NC. TVRM ran the 630 until 1989 when she was yet again retired. 630 was donated to TVRM in 1999 by NS. Shortly thereafter, 630 entered TVRM's restoration shop (now Soule Shops) and underwent a thorough ten-year restoration -- one of the most thorough restorations performed on a steam locomotive in the U.S. in recent years, including frame work and complete running gear overhaul. 630 returned to regular service on TVRM in March 2011 and is currently participating in the "21st Century Steam" program developed by Norfolk Southern.






Southern Railway 630.

Power type: Steam


Builder: American Locomotive Company (Richmond Works)

Serial number: 28446

Build date: February 1904


Configuration: 2-8-0

Gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)

Driver diameter: 57 in (1.448 m)


Fuel type: Coal

Boiler pressure: 200 psi (1.38 MPa)

Cylinders: Two, outside

Cylinder size: 24 30 in (610 762 mm)

Valve gear: Southern

Tractive effort: 46,700 lbf (208 kN)


Career: Southern Railway

Class: Ks-1

Number: 630

Retired: 1967 (revenue)







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