FRISCO, TX (January 30, 2014): The Museum of the American Railroad received
the first of two historic diesel-electric locomotives from TXI this
morning. A longtime supporter of the
Museum, the concrete producer recognized the historical significance of this
locomotive and chose to preserve the unit rather than send it to scrap. It had been recently retired from plant
service at TXI's Hunter facility in New Braunfels, TX.
#2428, the engine enjoyed a long career in Texas. It began life as a streamlined Santa Fe
locomotive built by General Motors in 1953, and could be found pulling the line's
freight trains throughout the Southwest.
In 1977, it was completely remanufactured along with over 200 others of
its class at Santa Fe's Cleburne, Texas Shops.
Opened in 1898, the massive shop complex once employed 1,200 workers of
all crafts, and was known throughout the Santa Fe system as one of the finest
maintenance facilities in the U.S.
"Cleburne Rebuilds" or CF-7s, were known for their ruggedness and
reliability. Many enjoyed another decade
of service on the Santa Fe. In 1984,
#2428 was finally retired and sold to Texas Industries, where it embarked on a
30-year career in plant service. The locomotive will serve as an additional switch engine at the Museum's new Frisco facility, and be the subject of over 60 years of railroad and industrial plant history in Texas.
of CF-7 #2428 was made possible by the cooperation and support of the Nation's
two largest railroads. In a partnership
that provided for its movement to the Museum, Union Pacific Railroad donated
transportation between New Braunfels and Fort Worth, while BNSF Railway contributed
movement of the engine between Fort Worth and Frisco. We are also indebted to the Mechanical forces
on both railroads for ensuring the safety and reliability of #2428 throughout
Museum is very grateful to TXI for their continued support through gifts and
grants. Their generosity has enabled the
Museum to further construction of its new facilities in Frisco, and add
historically significant pieces to its rolling stock collection. The second TXI locomotive to be donated this
year is being readied for movement in February.
two engines join a third unit donated by TXI back in 2000 that had a long and
varied career, including a stint on the Trans-Iranian Railway hauling allied
war materials into Stalingrad during WWII.