Marshall University GE C30-7 Locomotive
The Marshall University Locomotive is a General Electric built deisle-electric locomotive build for the Louisville & Nashville Railroad as number 7067 in September 1980 with serial number 43064. After the L&N railroad mergered into CSX, the locomotive worked in revenue freight until 1999 when it was sent to the Huntington Locomotive Shop for scrapping. Instead of scrapping the locomotive, CSX decided to paint the locomotive into Marshall University colors and display during football games.
After years of being on display, the locomotive went into storage at the Huntington Locomotive Shops for several years until being pulled back out and touched up for Amtrak's National Train Day in Huntington in 2014. The locomotive has been displayed at the old C&O Railroad station since that time.
In September 2017, CSX deiced to donate the Marshall locomotive to our organization for display. Our group is planning on working on this locomotive and making it a power car with a generator in it to power our passengers cars duing stationary events. Our plan is to make the headlight, number board lights, step lights, cab lights, horn, bell, and air brakes all working on the unit for show over the 2017-2018 winter.
Photo by Joe Rosenthal in Huntington, West Virginia