Southern Railway 154

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Southern Railway 154
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Builder Schenectady Locomotive Works
Serial number 3114
Build date 1890
Configuration 2-8-0
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Driver dia. 50 in (1.270 m)
Fuel type Coal
Boiler pressure 150 psi (1.03 MPa)
Cylinders Two, outside
Cylinder size 20 in × 24 in (508 mm × 610 mm)
Valve gear Stephenson
Performance figures
Tractive effort 24,500 lbf (109 kN)
Operators Southern Railway
Class G
Numbers 466 (ETV&G), 154 (SOU)
Retired 1953
Restored July 3, 2010
Current owner Gulf and Ohio Railways
Disposition Operational

Southern Railway 154 is a 2-8-0 steam locomotive built in 1890 by Schenectady Locomotive Works for Southern Railway.[1]


The locomotive was originally delivered in 1890 to the East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Railway (ETV&G) as #466.[1] In 1894, ETV&G is merged to form the Southern Railway as 466 was renumbered to 154.[1] It served the Southern in the Tennessee area until being retired and given to the City of Knoxville in August 1953 to be on display at the Chilhowee Park.[1]

In 1989, the locomotive was given to the Old Smoky Railway Museum which donated the locomotive to the Gulf & Ohio Railway in August 2008.[1] The City of Knoxville and Old Smoky Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society made plans to restore 154 and made it become the oldest operating Southern steam locomotive.[1] On July 3, 2010, #154 made her first debut at the Three Rivers Rambler and pulled her first passenger on the Gulf & Ohio Railways.[2]

However, in August 2013, #154's bell had been stolen by a thief who had climbed over the fence and cradled to the Gulf & Ohio Railway yard where the locomotive was parked last night.[3] On January 20, 2015, 154's bell was found at last when the Knox County Sheriff’s Office deputies investigate a house on Kimberlin Heights Road, recovering everything from stolen cars to lawn equipment.[4] The locomotive's bell was stolen by Gary Steven Valentin a 54 years old thief, but it was finally reunited with the 154.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Locomotive History". Retrieved November 22, 2016. 
  2. ^ Craft, John (July 3, 2010). "Southern 2-8-0 154 makes its debut". SteamCentral. Retrieved March 18, 2017. 
  3. ^ Brown, Fred (August 2, 2013). "Bell taken from Old No. 154 engine". Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved November 22, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Beecken, Stephanie (January 20, 2015). "Missing bell returned to Knoxville's Three Rivers Rambler tourist train". WATE-TV. Retrieved November 22, 2016.