Wabash #1009

Wabash E8A Description

  • The E8A #1009 was built for passenger service on the Wabash Railroad
  • 450 of the E8A units were built between 1949-1954
  • 1009 was the 10,000 locomotive built by EMD
  • Sometimes call a “bluebird” due to its distinctive paint scheme
  • #1009 pulled the Wabash Cannonball, City of St. Louis, City of Kansas City, as well as other Wabash passenger trains.
  • Wabash Railroad was leased to Norfolk & Western (N&W) Railway in October 1964 and was officially merged with Norfolk Southern in 1991.
  • #1009 was retired from service in June 1967
  • In late 2012, this locomotive was sent to Chattanooga, Tennessee, for a cosmetic overhaul. It returned to the museum  in early 2014.
  • The locomotive was towed to the North Carolina Transportation Museum to participate in the Streamliners event in May 2014 before returning to the VMT.
  • Donated by Norfolk & Western Railway Company

Class Specifications

  • Weight: 315,000 lbs
  • Horsepower: 2,250
  • Length: 70 feet 3 inches
  • Engine: 12 cylinder, Model 567B
  • Wheel configuration: A1A A1A
  • Maximum speed: 98 mph
Diesel Wabash