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KSHX 6162

Type:

SD40-2 

Manufacturer:

Electro-Motive Division, General Motors Corp.

Built:

1978 as Norfolk and Western 6162

Acquired From:

Donated by Norfolk Southern, June 2020

Status:

Operational

History:

NS 6162 is an excellent example of one of the most successful diesel locomotive designs of the 20th century. Originally built for the Norfolk and Western Railway in 1978, N&W 6162 was a workhorse for over forty years, eventually becoming NS 6162 when the Southern and N&W merged in 1982. The SD40-2 was an improved design from its predecessor, the SD-40. Nearly 4000 of these locomotives were produced for American railroads between 1972 and 1983. To this day, many still remain in service, a testament to their build quality and versatility. 6162 was in revenue service for Norfolk Southern until late May, 2020 when it was put in storage in Illinois, and labeled as surplus for the railroad. Two weeks later, it was donated to Kentucky Steam. 

KSHC has not yet determined a preservation plan for this locomotive, but it is hoped that eventually it can be re-painted in a style similar to its counterparts on either the L&N or C&O railroads. As for now, the engine is in excellent mechanical condition and has been test run several times on KSHC track. Its addition to our collection is a credit to the generosity of the Norfolk Southern Corp and the men and women who work for them.

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KSHX 1100

Type:

SW-1500 Road Switcher

Manufacturer:

Electro-Motive Division, General Motors Corp.

Built:

1970 as L&N 5000

Acquired From:

Donated as CSXT 1100 by CSX, July 2019

Status:

Operational

History:

1100 is an EMD SW1500 "road switcher" capable of producing 1,500 horsepower. These Diesel-electric locomotives were built by GM between 1966-1974 generally for switching duties. The SW1500 was the replacement for the SW1200 and the Louisville and Nashville Railroad ordered 30 beginning in 1970. KSHX 1100 was the class leader for the L&N (the first SW1500 built for them) and was numbered 5000 when it was delivered to the railroad. It kept that number until the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad merged with the L&N and Clinchfield Railroad in 1982, when the locomotive was re-numbered Seaboard System 1100. Later that decade, when the Seaboard because CSX Transportation, the engine became CSXT 1100 which was its road number until it was donated by CSX to Kentucky Steam in the summer of 2019. Today, KSHX 1100 is being utilized as a switcher at the Kentucky Steam shop in Irvine, where it's on the active roster and is blue-carded. Kentucky Steam intends to keep the locomotive in as-delivered condition with the exception of KSHC lettering. Eventually, we hope to re-paint it in original as-built L&N paint, as seen in the photos below.

Notes:

  • 1100's sister locomotive, CSXT 1103 was donated to the Kentucky Railway Museum in New Haven, KY and currently in operation.