Bulldog noses in the USA
Class E and F
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American bulldog nose locomotive classes built
A total number of 1,323 6-axle (A1A-A1A) E Class and a total of 7,612 4-axle (Bo'Bo') F Class roundnoses were built by
EMD in the period of 1937 - 1963.
Power ratings (in hp) are:
567: 1,000 (12 cyl.); 1,350 (16 cyl.)
567A: 1,000/1,200 (12 cyl.); 1,350 (16 cyl.)
567B: 1,000/1,125/1,200 (12 cyl.); 1,350/1,500 (16 cyl.)
567C: 1,125/1,200 (12 cyl.); 1,500/1,750 (16 cyl.).
Here are some pictures dating back to 1994.
Still operating or displayed American roundnoses:
In the state of Alabama:
Former Pennsylvania Railroad E8A 5706A, which was restored to operation and ran in PRR colors on the Blue Mountain & Reading in the 1980s, has been trucked to a shopping center in Irondale for display.
The locomotive will be the centerpiece of the Grants Mill Station Shopping Center. In addition to the locomotive, the center’s developer says he is acquiring a baggage car, diner, sleeper, and caboose.
The façade of the shopping mall will be renovated in the theme of a train station, and the center will be renamed The Station at Grants Mill. The E8 was trucked to the shopping center from Sumiton, Ala.,
where it had been used as part of a wedding chapel. The locomotive was built for the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1952 as 5706A, then was renumbered 4276 by Penn Central. In the 1970s it became Amtrak 284, was
one of five E units rebuilt by Amtrak with head-end power in 1974-75, when it was renumbered 495. It was later sold to BM&R, which operated it with another ex-PRR E8, No. 5898.
In the state of Arkansas:
Kansas City Southern operates two FP9As (KCS 1 and KCS 2) and one F9B (KCS 3) for its business trains. They are all ex-Canadian National.
Kansas City Southern F7 73D is on display at Decatur in Arkansas.
In the state of Arizona:
The Verde Canyon Railroad operates tourist trains between Clarkdale
and Perkinsville with its FP7's 1510 and 1512 (painted in blue with eagles) through an awesome canyon where eagles nest.
The Grand Canyon Railway operates tourist trains out of Williams to the
awesome Grand Canyon with amongst other locomotives its Alco FPA4's 6773, 6776 and 6793 and FPB's 6860 and 6871. At the moment, these locomotives are not used in favor of recently overhauled F-40PHs. Ex-VIA FPA4 6762 is used
as spare parts provider.
In the state of California:
The Carrizo Gorge Railway operates freight trains between
Plaster City in California to Tijuana in Mexico with amongst others a set of F7 A-B-A which is currently not operational
put aside at their maintenance facility at Jacumba Hot Springs, California. They will be repaired when time and funds
WP Museum at Portola has 3 F units. WP 917-D is currently being used in the 'Run A Locomotive' program. WP 921-D is down for some major engine work then on to the body and WP 805-A runs,
but will get 4 new traction motors.
The Fillmore & Western Railway Co. operated excursion and movie trains out
of Fillmore with its F7A 100 and F7A 101 roundnoses, now painted in blue and gray.
The Napa Valley Wine Train operates gourmet, dining and excursion
trains year-round between Napa and St. Helena. The traction is formed with two out of four owned Alco FA4's numbered 71 and 72.
The Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris owns ex-UP E8A 942. This locomotive was made operational in the beginning of 2012 and is a regular runner at weekends from the museum a few miles northbound.
In August 2012 the Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay Railway Company (SCMB), a noncarrier owned by Iowa Pacific Holdings, LLC and Permian Basin Railways, has filed a verified notice of exemption at the STB
to acquire by assignment from Sierra Northern Railway its lease and operating rights over a 31.0-mile rail line owned by Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP). The line, known as the Santa Cruz Branch,
extends from milepost 0.433 at the east boundary of Salinas Road, near Watsonville Junction, Cal., to milepost 31.39 at the end of the line near Davenport, Cal., and includes an interconnection with
Santa Cruz, Big Trees Pacific Railway Company at milepost 20.4 in Santa Cruz, Cal., and an additional 3.6 miles of siding and spur track. Santa Cruz & Monterey Bay RR has received F9PHA's 82 (now SC 1101, an ex-F7A)
and 84 (now SC 1102, an ex-F3A) from Yakima, Washington. The two roundnoses are used in freight service along the Pacific Coast. A passenger service has not yet debuted.
In the state of Colorado:
The Royal Gorge Route Railroad operates tourist trains out
of Canon City with its F7's 402 and 403. It also operates a booster unit.
Iowa Pacific's Rio Grande Scenic Railroad operates tourist trains out of Alamosa with its SLRG FP10 1100. SLRG FP10 1114 is in Albia, Iowa, awaiting repair.
SLRG F9B 6622 and SLRG F7A 9163 are in Alamosa, Colorado, awaiting repair.
The San Luis & Rio Grande Railroad (SLRG) runs west from a connection with the Union Pacific Railroad at Walsenburg, CO,
over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at La Veta Pass and into the fertile valley of the San Luis and Rio Grande Rivers. At Alamosa, the railroad splits with a branch extending south to Antonito,
just north of the New Mexico border, and northwest to South Fork. In addition to the Union Pacific, the SLRG connects with the shortline San Luis Central Railroad (SLC) at Monte Vista and the Denver
and Rio Grande Historical Foundation at Derrick, just west of South Fork. The SLRG is just under 150 miles long. The highest point on the SLRG at La Veta Pass, is 9,242 feet above sea level, the highest
rail freight line in North America. The primary commodities hauled by the SLRG are grain, minerals, specialty rock products and produce. SLRG also handles substantial bridge traffic to and from the SLC.
Permian Basin Railways (Iowa Pacific) acquired SLRG in December 2005. SLRG bought F9BU (6622, Canadian National red and white colors) from the Carolina Southern Railroad Co. in August 2012.
F7A 787 and F7A 788 last used on the Minnesota Zephyr Dinner Train on 31 December 2008 were purchased by Iowa Pacific Holdings and were moved to the
San Luis & Rio Grande Railroad facility in Alamosa, Colo.
In the state of Florida:
The Orlando & Northwestern Railway runs the Royal Palm Railway Experience tourist train with amongst others
Chesapeake & Ohio F3Au 8016, originally Clinchfield 800 and later CSX Transportation 116, built in February 1949. It has been painted in Clinchfield yellow and gray int he end of 2017.
The Seminole Gulf Railway operates daytime excursion and evening dinner trains
out of Fort Myers (Colonial Station). Moslty a GP9 is used as traction. The engineless 502 (ex-LIRR 621) is used as control cab
on the other end of the trains. What the status is of the previous used GM roundnose 501 (ex-LIRR 619) is unknown.
In the state of Georgia:
The Stone Mountain Park in Atlanta has released the first of its two former Southern Railway FP7A
units after a complete rebuilding. No. 6143 was released in mid-April 2011, while No. 6147
was out of the shop by July 4, 2011. Dixie Engine & Equipment Co. of Pell City, Ala., was tasked with rebuilding the units.
Each rebuilt unit is receiving an EMD 16-645E engine, replacing the original 567BC, as well as a rebuilt D12 main generator, new cooling fans and radiators, Dash 2 electrical components,
and D87 traction motors. The original 24RL brake system has been replaced with a 26L, and a new Perkins 400-series diesel will provide head-end power.
The 6143 and 6147 were built in 1950 for Southern Railway’s CNO&TP Division. Southern eventually sold the pair to the New Georgia Railway. The engines were delivered to the New Georgia in the
Southern’s “Tuxedo” green, gold, and white paint scheme, but later repainted by the New Georgia into Central of Georgia colors.
New Georgia purchased the units from Norfolk Southern in the late 1980s and used them on public trips, dinner trains, and charters out of Atlanta, running over both NS and CSX trackage.
When the New Georgia ceased operations in 1995, Stone Mountain Park acquired the engines for its scenic railroad. Source: Stone Mountain Railroad Mechanical Dept.
In the state of Idaho:
The Thunder Mountain Line operated excursion trains between Bend
and Montour with its FP10 1106 and FP10 1112 locomotives, but ceased its operations early 2016.
In the state of Illinois:
The Keokuk Junction Railway (owned by Pioneer Railcorp) still operates regular freight services on Mondays and Thursdays between Peoria and
Good Hope with an A-B-A set of ex-CN/VIA and ex-Algoma Central FP9As (1750 and 1752, former CN 6502 and CN 6511, as well as booster F7B 1761. It also
owns non-operational 1751 (under repair) and 1754 (out of service due to vandalism). The five units came from the Gettysburg & Northern Railroad
which, like the Keokuk Junction Railway, is owned by Pioneer Railcorp. In July 2011 another F9B (1762) appeared operational as well, but not any more in the end of 2014.
The Gettysburg & Northern railroad still keeps one ex-Algoma Central FP9A and an F7A. The Keokuk Junction Railway, which operates the west end of the old Toledo,
Peoria & Western under the name Peoria & Western Railway, has two FP9s and a booster in regular freight service between Kolbe station in Mapleton,
, Illinois (start of the shift at 08:00 hours with shunting in Kolbe station) and Keokuk, Iowa. Another crew takes a train with other type of
locomotives from Keokuk to Good Hope, where the crew from Kolbe takes this train with the roundnoses forward to Kolbe. There are plenty opportunities to
take pictures, since the track speed is 20 mph between Kolbe and Canton and 10 mph between Canton and Good Hope.
The Illinois Railway Museum made ex-C&NW F7A 411 (yellow livery) operational again in 2006. The museum also has the Nebraska Zephyr (with E-5 9911-A
at the helm) and BN-1 operational. Non-operational are roundnoses BN-3, BN-2 (booster unit), Milwaukee Road 118-C and UP X-18.
Iowa Pacific took over the lease of the Illinois Railway Museum owned E9A 103 (ex-UP957, ex-Amtrak 430, ex-Alaska Railroad 2401) from Wisconsin & Southern
Railroad in 2015. The locomotive is operational.
The Monticello Railway Museum operates with amongst other locomotive types Wabash F7-A 1189 and Canadian National
(ex-VIA) Alco FPA-4 6789 and booster FPB-4 6862 between the Nelson Crossing Depot at the museum
north of Monticello and the Wabash Depot in downtown Monticello. Locked inside a building is PRR 5764 E8A, which will emerge as Illinois Central painted (chocolate brown and orange) 4044 in
In the state of Indiana:
Indiana Transportation Museum in Noblesville repainted former Milwaukee Road F7 83A in a scheme derived from the Electro-Motive Division blue-and-white
demonstrator scheme worn by F7s in 1949 while on the Nickel Plate Railroad. The museum will probably move to another location in Logansport. Nickel Plate Heritage Railroad will operate
excursion trains with the locomotive.
Cliffs-Erie Mining F9A 4210 and F9A 4214 were sold to the Vermillion Valley Railroad in Indiana in the end of 2014. 4210 has already been overhauled and repainted. It is used on the 8 mile long branch
connecting the Flex-N-Gate Corporation facility west of Covington, Indiana (but still in Illinois) with CSX Transportation in Danville, Illinois.
In the state of Iowa:
The Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad uses ex-VIA Rail 6540 (painted into a Chicago & North Western-like paint scheme) to power its dinner, dessert, and picnic trains.
Rock Island E6A 630 and E8A 652 are under evaluation at Mid America Car Co., in Kansas City, Missouri, which has performed mechanical work on Iowa Northern locomotives.
Iowa Northern President Dan Sabin told Trains NewsWire in March 2012 the two units, acquired in 2010 from private ownership, could see cosmetic, operational, or total rehabilitation.
The results of the evaluation should be available by early April 2012. During private ownership, the two units operated on the Midland Railway Historical Association’s trackage
between Midland and Ottawa, Kan. No. 652 arrived at Midland in 1985 and No. 630 in 2000. Neither has run in several years.
The Hub City Heritage museum in Oelwein, Iowa, has restored its ex-Chicago Great Western FP7 116A to full operational status and painted it in the “dip” scheme, which debuted in 1954, with the entire body solid maroon,
the roof and running gear below the frame in black, and Chicago Great Western “Lucky Strike” logos on the nose and centered on the car body.
In the state of Kentucky:
The R.J. Corman Railroad operates dinner trains ('My Old
Kentucky Dinner Train') between Paintsville and Evanston through Bardstown (starting point). The roundnoses
FP7A 1940 and F7A 1941 (former Southern Railway 6141 and 6138) are used as traction.
In the state of Maine:
Pan Am Railways acquired the ex-Conway Scenic FP9 6505 and 6516 in July 2010 and renumbered them PAR 1 and PAR 2 for use on the railroad's
business train and occasionally freight trains in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
The 470 Railroad Club of Portland, Maine. owns F7A 4266. It is operational and is occasionally used to pull excursion trains.
In the state of Massachusetts:
Alaska Railroad F7A 1500 (ex B&LE 720A) was sold to the Grafton & Upton RailRoad, a shortline in Eastern Massachusetts. It is now numbered 1501 and painted in black with yellow front.
This locomotive has been sidelined for mechanical problems in 2015. It will be moved to the Seaview Transportation Company shop facility at Davisville. Once it is repaired,
G&U will decide what role it can play in our operations. G&U also bought Alaska Railroad F7 1508 from a private owner.
The 1502 (ex-GM&O, MBTA & MN FL9 2007) will be used as a parts source for the 2 F's & a GP9.
Two E9As (SLRG 2400 and SLRG 2402) are now in Hyannis, Massachusetts in service for Iowa Pacific Holdings (Cape Rail Inc. and its two subsidiaries Massachusetts Coastal Railroad and
Cape Cod Central Railroad). SLRG E9A 9925 joins them after repaint in Horicon, Wisconsin. They only work tourist trains. In October 2018 Massachusetts Coastal Railroad purchased two
Connecticut Department of Transportation FL9s, 2011 (originally NH 2038, built in 1960) and 2026 (NH 2007, built 1957). The units (still in their original red, white, and black New Haven
“McGinnis” color scheme) will be assigned to the company’s Cape Cod Central passenger
In October 2018 the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum bought Connecticut Department of Transportation FL9 2024 (still in its original red, white, and black New Haven “McGinnis” color scheme),
which was built as New Haven 2058 in 1960. BSRM teamed up with Webb Rail LLC of Fishkill, N.Y., owner of former New York Central observation car Babbling Brook, to acquire the historic locomotive. The FL9 is en route to BSRM’s station and museum in Lenox, Mass.
In the state of Maryland:
In 2000 Ken Bitten, the owner of the Northern Central Railway, bought eight former Cape Cod Central F10's from
MBTA, Boston. The locomotives were used for the Blue Heron Dinner Train, which ceased to run in 2001. Although unconfirmed,
these locomotives could still earn their upkeep for freight trains operating from Indian Head, MD to White Plains, MD.
There is the possibility of transporting coal to the Indian Head Naval Base power plant. This traffic would be
interchanged with CSX at White Plains, MD.
In the state of Minnesota:
Ex-Cliffs-Erie Mining F9A 4211 and F9B 4222 were donated to the Lake Superior Railroad Museum. The F9A 4210 and F9A 4214 were sold to the Vermillion Valley in Indiana in the end of 2014.
The North Shore Scenic Railroad operates
Lake Superior Railroad Museum roundnoses FP-7 2500 and F9A 4211 over 28 miles of
scenic rail line between Duluth and Two Harbors along the shore of Lake Superior. LSRM EMD F-7B Milwaukee Road No. 71B,
built in 1950 by Electro-Motive, was used as a rotary snowplow power car. It was donated to the museum by SOO Line
in 1988, who had renumbered it X980001. It is in Storage at Rice's Point. F9B 4222 is down electrically.
In the state of Missouri:
The St. Louis Iron Mountain & Southern Railway operates
tourist trains from Jackson. They own E-8A 5898 (ex-Amtrak 305, then 497).
Between April and October the Branson Scenic Railway operates Saturday night candlelight dinner trains (departure from Branson at 17:00 hours) and normal trains (departures
at 11:30 hours and 14:00 hours).
A unique feature of the train ride is that passengers don’t know where they will be going until about 15 minutes prior to departure.
The train may be heading through the scenic Ozark Mountains south to Barren Fork Trestle (just north of Self, Arkansas; 98% of the times) or north toward Galena, Missouri (other 2% of the times).
The two hour, 15 minute, 40-mile round trip ride is great anytime of the year, but the Ozarks are known particularly for their spectacular
fall color. A Polar Express ride is offered for families during the holidays. Two F7's are used: numbered 95 and 98, livered red with silver stripe, but also other locomotives.
In the state of New Hampshire:
The Conway Scenic Railroad operates tourist trains from
North Conway to Crawford Depot, Fabyan Station, Bartlett and Glen. Roundnose F7 4266 is in service.
In the state of New Jersey:
The Southern Railroad Company of New Jersey occasionally uses two ex-Bessemer & Lake Erie F7As
(F7A 727 and F7A 728) in freight service. The railroad operates 71 miles of track between Winslow Jct. and Pleasantville/Vineland and between Swedesboro and
Salem, N.J. One F is painted in the old colors of the New York, Ontario & Western, while the other wears a paint
scheme based on the old diesel colors of the Rock Island. They are not used for any passenger train workings. However, the locomotives did not work any freight train since at least the beginning of 2014.
The Cape May Seashore Lines organization runs excursion trains
with amongst other locomotives the roundnoses F7A 576 (ex-NJ Transit 417) and F7A 578 (ex-NJ Transit 420) which are
owned by the United Railroad Historical Society of Jersey. The locomotives wear a Lehigh Valley RR red with black stripes
livery. Excursion trains operate between Richland (NJ) and Tuckahoe, NJ, the location of the South Jersey Railroad
The Morristown & Erie Railway owns operational roundnsoses FL9 488 and FL9489.
In the state of New York:
The Adirondack Scenic Railroad operates tourist trains between Utica and
Thendara as well as between Saranac Lake and Lake Placid with its F7A (numbered 1500 and 1508) and F10A locomotives
(numbered 1502, a rebuilt F3). The Adirondack Scenic Railroad also owns four ex-New Haven FL9s acquired from Metro-North,
but these locomotives are not in regular service.
The Medina Railway Museum uses two ex-New York Central E8s (4068 and 4080) for excursion passenger trains over
the Genessee Vally Transportation short line railroad between Medina (museum location) and Lockport (locomotive depot).
They are painted in the classic "lightning stripe" New York Central livery.
The New York & Greenwood Lake Railway has purchased former Erie E8 833 (currently painted as Conrail 4022)
from Bennett and Eric Levin's Juniata Terminal. The unit returned to New Jersey early 2007 to be restored into its
as-delivered Erie two-tone green. It is the only surviving Erie E-unit. Conrail used the locomotive in business train
service until the Conrail break up in 1999, when it was sold to Juniata Terminal, which also bought CR's two other
E8s and restored them to their original Pennsylvania Railroad appearance. No. 833 still has its original steam
generator and original louvers. The New York & Greenwood Lake Railway operates a 1.8-mile spur between Garfield and
Passaic, N.J. to serve Atlantic Coast Fibers, but did not operate the roundnose at least since the beginning of 2014.
Iowa Pacific has 8 E-8's, two of which are operable. The plan is to put them all in service.
Iowa Pacific's subsidiary Saratoga & North Creek Railway is operational between the towns of Saratoga Springs and North Creek in the state of New York.
The railroad operates passenger trains from Thursdays through Mondays with E8A SLRG 515 (in Illinois Central’s chocolate and orange passenger colors), SLRG E8A 518 (in IC colors) and SNC BL2 52.
SLRG E8A 516, SLRG E8A 519 and SLRG 521 are at National Railway Equipment in Silvis, Illinois for repair, F7B 315 is in Madison, Illinois and needs major repair, SLRG E9A 520 and SLRG E9B 4108 are in Kansas City, Missouri
awaiting repair, SLRG FP10 is in Albia, Iowa awaiting repair, SLRG F9B 6622 and SLRG F7A 9163 are in Alamosa, Colorado awaiting repair, SLRG E9A 9925 is in Horicon, Wisconsin for paint and SLRG E8A 807 and SLRG E8A 508
are at North Creek, NY awaiting their return to service. SNC BL2 56 was overhauled at Metro East for work and will be put into service again in the spring of 2014.
E9/E9M 100 and E9A 101 were bought from Canadian National by Iowa Pacific Holding in 2014. F7A 787 and F7A 788 last used on the Minnesota Zephyr Dinner Train on 31 December 2008 were also purchased by Iowa Pacific Holdings
and were moved to the San Luis & Rio Grande Railroad facility in Alamosa, Colorado, in December 2014.
Iowa Pacific took over the lease of the Illinois Railway Museum owned E9A 103 (ex-UP957, ex-Amtrak 430, ex-Alaska Railroad 2401) from Wisconsin & Southern Railroad in August 2015. The locomotive is operational.
Iowa pacific bought E9A 91 (former MARC 91 in Burlington Northern livery) and E9A 102 (Wisconsin & Southern livery) from Wisconsin & Southern parent Watco in August 2015.
In the state of North Carolina:
Three F7A-units (ACWR 4500, ACWR 4501 and VLIX 82) and two F9B-units (VLIX 817 and ACWR 1004) operate for the
Aberdeen Carolina & Western Railway. This company operates in south-central
North Carolina from Aberdeen westward to Charlotte and eastward to Gulf, serving businesses in Montgomery, Moore,
Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Chatham, and Stanly counties However, they have not been used since at least the beginning of 2014.
Carolina Southern Railroad Co. runs freight trains between Mullins (SC) and Whiteville (NC), between Chadbourn (NC) and Conway (SC) and on the Wacamaw Coast Line between Conway (SC) and Myrtle
Beach (SC). Five roundnoses are out of service/stored or in disrepair: F7A 48, F7A 88, F7AU 9158 (red and white),
E8A 520 and E8A 4257. The status of this railroad in December 2011 was that it could not run due to necessary bridge repairs which were not funded yet.
In the state of Ohio:
The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad operates tourist trains between Cleveland and Akron
with amongst other locomotives its four MLW FPA4's 800, 6767, 6771 and 6777.
Larry's Truck Electric bought the two ex-CN/VIA FP9s, 6302 (ex-CN 6533) and 6308 (ex-CN 6521, ex-VIA 6521) from the Georgia Southwestern Railroad in 2011.
Both wear a variation of the old Central of Georgia Railroad colors. They are stored in the Ohio Commerce Center, an industrial park in Lordstown, Ohio. In between a passenger car is placed as
customers meeting center of Larry's Truck Electric. They have been sold on to Iowa Pacific and the Texas State Railroad Authority in 2015. The company has several hundred locomotives on lease and
has sold E9A 9910, E9A 9917, E9A 9922 and E9A 9923 to Iowa Pacific, which all four are still on the property of Larry's Truck Electric's workshop in MacDonald, Ohio, awaiting shipment.
In the state of Oklahoma:
An Oklahoma group bought the Grand Traverse Dinner Train that operated out of Traverse City, Michigan, from Great
Lakes Central. As from 2007 this train will be used for excursion trips in Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma Railway Museum has an F9 operating in Frisco black and yellow livery.
In the state of Pennsylvania:
Steamtown National Historic sitein Scranton sometimes run passenger excursions with their two F3s (numbered 663 and 664 in Erie Lackawanna livery).
There are another three F-units inoperationally on site: two of them are FP7s in Reading Lines livery (owned by the Reading Technical and Historical Society) and one is the F7B 664 (in Erie Lackawanna livery).
Pioneer Railcorp's Gettysburg & Northern Railroad in Pennsylvania occasionally operates an F7A (PREX 402) and another FP9A (PREX 1755) in freight service when the other regular locomotives are being maintained.
The Stourbridge Line tourist line operated by the Delaware, Lackawaxen & Stourbridge Railroad acquired ex-Bessemer & Lake Erie F7A 725 in February 2016.
The unit was last used by Coe Rail on a dinner train in Michigan and is stored in Lansing, Mich. It currently wears a paint scheme similar to the Erie Lackawanna,
but railroad owner Tom Myles is asking for paint scheme suggestions via the railroad’s Facebook page. The railroad currently operates another rare EMD, ex-Bangor & Aroostock
BL2 54. In February 2018 FP7 1306 (ex-CP) left the work shop as pennsylvania Railroad 9880. It is owned by Tom Myles as well. Another FP7 and a B-unit are slated to be overhauled and repainted.
Reading & Northern stated in June 2017 that they will make two ex-Southern Railroad of New Jersey F7 units 250 and 251 operable. One wears New York, Ontario & Western gray-and-yellow, and the other carries a red, white, and black scheme.
The two will be repainted in a Rock Island-type scheme, with the same colors – red, black, and white, which coincidentally are those that are used in R&N’s “Road of Anthracite” logo.
It is envisaged to use the covered wagons to pull the railroad’s business trains.
In the state of Rhode Island:
In October 2018 Boston Surface Railroad Co. purchased FL9 2027 (built as New Haven No. 2015 in 1957; still in its original red, white, and black New Haven “McGinnis” color scheme) from the Connecticut Department of Transportation. The company wants to use it to operate
commuter service over the Providence & Worcester Railroad between the railroad’s namesake cities in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The locomotive will be moved to Davisville, R.I.,
for mechanical work by the Seaview Transportation Company.
In the state of South Carolina:
The Carolina Southern Railroad has ex-Canadian National F7Au 9163 and F7Bu 6622
in occasional freight service, although the A unit rarely leads. Carolina Southern operates from Mullins, S.C., to Whiteville, N.C., 37 miles,
and a branch from Chadbourn, N.C., to Conway, S.C. Carolina Southern also operates the former Waccamaw Coast Line
from Conway to Myrtle Beach, S.C. The railroad also owns non-operational F7Au 9158 and F7A 48 and F7A 88 which are in a state of disrepair. However, all the roundnoses of this railroad are not active anymore since at
least the beginning of 2014.
In the state of Tennessee:
The Tennessee Central Railway Museum owns E8 6902 with which it runs special themed passenger trains on Nashville & Eastern Railroad Authority tracks
(for example from Nasville to Lebanon, Watertown, Cookeville and Monterey) about 25 to 26 Saturdays a year.
The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum owns E8 6914, built for the Southern Railway in 1953.
In the end of 2018 the locomotive (in the 1970s Southern Crescent paint scheme) was almost ready under restoration back to operating condition by an all-volunteer crew. In 2019, the 6914 will once again haul passenger trains
on-site at the museum, but also between the Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park ranger office and Farner (50 miles) or even further to the joint cities of Copperhill, Tennessee, and McCaysville, Georgia (94 miles)
or even to Summerville, Georgia.
In the state of Texas:
The Galveston Railroad Museum owns freshly overhauled former Southern Pacific F7A 6443 and Texas & New Orleans F7A 365 (two ex-SP/WAG/PAT/ConnDOT F7A's 6690 and 6691) which it acquired for $190,000 from the Railroad Museum of New England in
November 2010. In spring 2012 they underwent a complete rebuild at Motive Power & Equipment Solutions in Greenville, South Carolina, and were painted into Atchison,
Topeka & Santa Fe’s red and silver passenger scheme for use at the museum before delivery in June 2012. The two locomotives have been numbered ATSF 315 and 316, which were two members of Santa Fe’s 300 class F7As
to see regular service pulling the Texas Chief between Chicago and Galveston on trains 15 and 16. The two F7As are the showcase of the museum’s end 2012 grand reopening following extensive repairs at
the museum from damage caused by Hurricane Ike in 2008. The two units replace the Texas Limited 100 and 200 (Southern Pacific #6379 and Southern Pacific #6309) since they are being cut up after hurricane damage.
In October 2018 Grapevine Vintage Railroad acquired FL9 2014 (originally New Haven 2041, built in 1960) and No. 2016 (NH 2044, built in 1960) from the Connecticut Department of Transportation.
The GVR operates a variety of excursion trains over a 26-mile former Cotton Belt line near Fort Worth. The pair still in their original red, white, and black New Haven “McGinnis” color scheme will
receive the “cabernet and champagne” colors already worn by the
Grapevine’s passenger car fleet. The streamlined FL9s will operate in pull-pull fashion, with one at each end of the train, to facilitate direction changes at the ends of the line.
Grapevine expects its 1896 former Southern Pacific steam locomotive 2248, as well as the two FL9s, to be in service in 2019.
In the state of West Virginia:
Kansas City Southern still uses its two F9As 4270 and 4271 as well as its two F7Bs 4275 and 4276 for its Office Car Special (OCS) trains. They carry the Southern Railway's tuxedo paint scheme (black/white).
They have been rebuilt with EMD 16-645E engines.
In the state of West Virginia:
The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad operates the socalled
"Cheat Mountain Salamander" tourist train between Elkins and Old Spruce with its FP7 67, FP7 243 (ex-CP 4071) and booster F7B 415, Alco FA2 303 and the BL2 82.
The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad even runs freight trains with its roundnoses as the "West Virginia Central
Division" serving industries in the area of Belington, Elkins, Dailey and Bowden. Beginning in early 2015, the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad began operating the Cass Scenic Railroad.
The Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad operates regular excursion trains
between Romney and Sycamore Bridge with a combination of its roundnose (Potomac Eagle F7A 722, originally Bessemer & Lake Erie 722 built in 1952 and/or its two GP-9s.
In the state of Wisconsin:
On 21 August 2002 the Middleton Community Development Authority (CDA) suspended the
special trains of the Middleton & Southern Wisconsin Excursion Railroad out of Middleton (near Madison) to Greenway Station's (a large
shopping mall in Middleton) as well as the football trains to the University of Wisconsin stadium.
The Wisconsin Southern Railroad bulldog nose locomotives E9A 10A and E9A 10C were once in a while being used for Wisconsin & Southern
Railroad freight trains (but not any more since at least the beginning of 2014). The depot is located at Horicon. Early 2005 the Escanaba & Lake Superior purchased FP7 71A from Wisconsin
& Southern Railroad.
Tourist Operator Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad is now in the freight business. To move this traffic (storage cars between Spooner and Hayward Junction) they park a locomotive
at the southern end of the freight car rake in Springbrook. Since the winter of 2012/2013 F7 423 in Great Northern orange/green livery) has been used. WGN also owns F7 400, which is awaiting restoration. In 2015, the company bought F7 1950 and F7 1951 from the Columbia
Star Dinner Train in Missouri, which ceased its operations in 2014. These two locomotives carry the Wabash paint scheme and athey are operational. The Great Northern Railroad also offers Bed & Breakfast in its trains and the train is actually
moving early morning and in the end of the afternoon/early evening.
Wisconsin & Southern owns ex-Milwaukee Road E9A 101, which is out of service. Another unit, E9B 102, is stored on the Wisconsin & Southern on behalf of owner Illinois Railway Museum.
The former Union Pacific unit was restored as a powered locomotive after years as a steam generator car when Wisconsin & Southern was still under the ownership of Bill Gardner, but it has seen little use
in the past few years.
In the state of Wyoming:
Union Pacific retains fully operational E9s 949 and 951 and booster 963B for its business trains. They have been rebuilt with EMD 16-645E engines.
Throughout the USA:
For a complete list of all surviving F-units you have to visit the website of John Komanesky.