Southern Railway was a collection of nearly 150 predecessor lines that were combined and reorganized since the 1830’s.
Southern Railway was one of the first railways in many areas of modernization including, but not limited to dieselization and shop and yard modernization, to computers and the development of special cars and the unit coal train, Southern definitely was a railroad that was on the cutting edge of change, earning the company its catch phrase, “The Railway System that Gives a Green Light to Innovations.” In later years the slogan could be seen on most of its boxcars, but changed slightly to read “Southern Gives a Green light to Innovations.” In the early 1960s, a popular steam locomotive excursion program was instituted under the presidency of W. Graham Claytor Jr. The steam program survived the merger which formed the new Norfolk Southern Railway in 1982, but was finally discontinued in 1994.
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