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Atlanta & Charlotte Air Line “Talullah”
Southern Railway (USA) No. 1509 “Maud”
United States | 1879 | only one produced
Stephen Phillips

The Forney “Tallulah”, later known as the “Maud”, is today the oldest surviving locomotive of the Southern Railway. Built for the Atlanta & Charlotte Air Line in 1879, she was most likely used on commuter trains, although few records exist from this period. She finally came to the Southern in 1894 via the Richmond and Danville Railroad.

Exact records are only existing since 1903, when she was given the number 1509 as part of a rebuild and was called “Maud” by the staff. She was now used as a switcher, which was probably also the case in the years before. She was retired in 1950 and saved from the scrapyard due to her popularity with employees. Today she resides disassembled at the South Eastern Railroad Museum in Duluth, Georgia, waiting to be reassembled and restored.

General
Built1879
ManufacturerBaldwin
Axle config0-4-4T (Forney) 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Wheelbase21 ft 0 1/2 in
Fixed wheelbase7 ft
Service weight110,900 lbs
Water capacity1,000 us gal
Fuel capacitycoal
Power
Power sourcesteam
Estimated power250 hp (186 kW)
Optimal speed11 mph
Starting effort14,144 lbf
Power Plant
Driver diameter48 in
Boiler pressure130 psi
Expansion typesimple
Cylinderstwo, 16 x 24 in
Boiler
Grate area13.9 sq ft
Firebox area82 sq ft
Tube heating area695 sq ft
Evaporative heating area777 sq ft
Total heating area777 sq ft
Calculated Values
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last changed: 09/2023
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