Many locomotive historians count SCL No. 1 (a de-rated SD35) as the first one to be lettered for the "Family Lines," a non-railroad that served as a combined moniker for the companies under (then) Seaboard Coast Line Industries. But in truth, the first locomotive to be lettered for The Family Lines was Clinchfield Ten-Wheeler No. 1. In November 1972, the engine's tender was relettered as shown in this September 1973 photo at Dungannon, VA. The names/initials of the Seaboard Coast Line, L&N, Clinchfield and Georgia were lettered along the bottom (notice there's no West Point Route). The engine was stopped just north of Dungannon on an all-steam (no diesel helper) excursion while passengers unloaded for a photo run-by. Clinchfield engineer Ed Hatcher (half of the engine's regular crew--the other being brother George, who fired) is waving to a young rider. Number 1 was a member of the Clinchfield's active locomotive roster for eleven years (1968-79), and it carried an FRA cab card authorizing it for such service. Consequently, it was as much a part of the locomotive fleet as any of the diesels owned by the various Family Lines components. Check out the extra knuckle, re-railing shell and push pole (outlawed by then, but still of historic value) hanging on the engineer's side of the tender--all essential items to keep on hand in the steam era.
From a "hint" of "Bee" (NKP 765), colorful "Bees" (KCS), "Bees" w/ attitude, to "Bees" that "sting" your eyes, in their own way they have "Bee" on display! Equipment that "Buzzes" wearing Yellow & Black! ("Bees" can still "Bee" entering this "hive"!)
i was born in virginia in 1972. when i think of railroads that shaped the commonwealth. i think of railroads like, SCL, N&W and southern. this is a tribute to those wonderful days gone by and for those who remember it well.