Fate of ex-CG SW1 on Greenville Northern RR

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I'm curious to the fate of an ex-C of G SW1 (or possibly a SC1)that I last read in Trains Magazine 10 years ago or so was working on the Greenville Northern RR in South Carolina. This unit formerly belonged to the Atlanta, Stone Mountain and Lithonia RR, a private quarry operation in Dekalb County, GA. While I do not know this engine's original C of G number, I do know it was built in 1939 and supposedly the C of G's first diesel electric unit.

-- Eric Rickert (au_tiger777@hotmail.com), January 23, 2002


In the "Album" Langley and Beckum report the 1957 year of sale for CG 1, too. No citation of a source, though.

-- Ron Wright (rondywright@hotmail.com), January 24, 2002.

It appears my cut and paste did not work. I'll try again and hopefully get it right this time. Here is the example I mentioned in my previous post:

the last place I saw CPDR #1 was in the Berea section of Greenville just northwest of the CSX yard on the former G&N trackage. It was sitting just shy of the four lane road crossing there (road escapes me) in the weeds. On subsequent visits, the unit was gone. I would be interested to know what CPDR did with it after that. Did they move it to Laurens or somewhere else on the line? CPDR #2 was also in the little fenced in area behind Blue Ridge Heavy Industries with a Southern caboose. That was gone, too. Any info on what became of these units would be appreciated.

-- Bryan Smith (bsmith3608@aol.com), January 26, 2002.

Considering what happened to the CofG tank car in Savannah recently, perhaps we should look around and try to locate the former CG#1. I posted an inquiry on another rail message board about its whereabouts and got a couple of answers. The wording is a bit differant from one post to the next but basically all that responded said they did not know where this unit is located. Below is an example of the replies I got:

<< Mike>>>

-- Bryan Smith (bsmith3608@aol.com), January 26, 2002.

When I photographed the unit in the fall of 1998, it had just received a fresh coat of paint (Orange and blue - hell on black and white film) and appeared to be in excellent condition. It was in use, but apparently not on a regular basis. At last report it was still in service.

At the time of its sale to the Greenville & Northern (now Carolina Piedmont) the ASM&L 1 was the oldest operational diesel locomotive in the state of Georgia.

Bob Hanson

-- Robert H. Hanson (RHanson669@aol.com), January 23, 2002.


At last report, former Central of Georgia SW1 No. 1 was Carolina Piedmont 1 and was operating out of Greenville, SC. It was indeed delivered in 1939 and was the CofGa's first diesel. It was sold to the Atlanta, Stone Mountain and Lithonia (sometime in the late 1950s, if I remember correctly). At least one railroad museum has expressed an interest in trying to preserve it.

Allen Tuten

-- Allen Tuten (allen@cofg.org), January 23, 2002.

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