Electro-Motive FT Freight-service Diesel-Electric Locomotive

Diesel-Electric Locomotive
1939

prototype of the first mass-produced diesel-electric locomotives used for US freight service.

This lead unit of the four-unit EMD-103 demonstrator locomotive became the prototype of the first mass-produced diesel-electric locomotives used for freight service in the United States. They rapidly replaced the steam locomotive. Called "the train that did it" in a February 1960 edition of Trains magazine, it was a revolutionary step for the rail industry. The design team was led by Richard M. Dilworth, chief engineer of the Electro-Motive Division of the General Motors Corporation. After its eleven-month testing phase running hauls in thirty-five states between November 1939 and October 1940, the locomotive was reconditioned, painted Southern Railway's black and white livery, and worked two decades on the CNO&TP line. It was in regular service as Southern Railway Locomotive #6100 from 1941 to 1960.

 
 

Landmark Location

National Museum of Transportation
3015 Barrett Station Road
St. Louis, MO 63122
Phone: 314.965.6885
http://www.transportmuseumassociation.org

Visiting Info:

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Ceremony Notes

June 26, 1982