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The Southern Railway Historical Association, Inc. is a nonprofit educational/historical organization chartered in North Carolina for the preservation and dissemination of information related to the Southern Railway, it's predecessors and affiliates.  Our mission is to Preserve the History of the Southern Railway.

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FT and Heater Car at Bristol, VA
Photographed by: Ed King  in 1956


  The box behind the FT is a heater car, used on passenger trains to provide steam for the train heat or air conditioning when the diesel was a freight unit without steam generating capabilities. There were several of those; they had a diesel generator and steam generator and water and fuel tanks. Some were FT B-units that had lost their prime movers. The one in the photo was built from a 50'6" 50 Ton box car in the early 1960's. It was originally numbered HC-5 and was later 960600. It survives in the TVRM collection in Chattanooga. The "HC" prefix with the number meant heater car.
  Photo Copyright © 1956 Ed King. All rights reserved.


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