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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
- 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