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EMD GP7 - Southern
Scenario: USA
Vehicle: Locomotive
Tags: Diesel
File Size
34.252 MB
Sep 6 @ 8:28pm
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EMD GP7 - Southern

This mod adds 3 Southern Railway (SOU) EMD-GP7's to the game. These are repaints of the generic EMD GP9 available in Transport Fever.

  • 1951-1960 Green & yellow scheme.
  • 1960-1975 Black & gold scheme.
  • 1975-1980 Black & gold scheme.

The Southern Railway was a railroad operating in the southern United States from 1892-1982. It was the product of nearly 150 predecessor lines that were combined, reorganized and recombined. In 1982 the Southern was combined with the Norfolk & Western to form Norfolk Southern which still operates today.

The EMD GP7 is a diesel-electric locomotive built between October 1949 and May 1954 by General Motors Electro-Motive Division (EMD) and General Motors Diesel. Southern received their first batch of GP7's in 1951 with more to follow in 1952 and 1953. Originally delivered in a green and yellow paint scheme, they were later given a black and gold scheme some time between 1958 and 1960.

  • DDS textures.
  • 2 LOD levels.
  • Aging with dirt and rust.
  • Reversed versions.
  • Multi-unit versions.
  • Asset versions.

Technical Details:
  • Max Speed: 65 mph (105 kph)
  • Power: 1,500 horsepower (1,119 kW)
  • Tractive Effort: 61,500 lbf (274 kN)
  • Availability: (see above)
  • Cost: (determined by game)

  • Original model and textures by Urban Games.
  • Repaint by dwebster73.
  • Southern_D font by Pete Willard[].

  • This mod adds new vehicles to the game without altering anything in the game.
  • Custom colors and logos have been disabled.

Known Issues:
  • The in-cab camera points backwards due to original model being oriented long hood forward.

Author takes no responsibility for your hardware or software. Use this mod at your own risk.

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dwebster73  [author] Sep 18 @ 11:45pm 
@Kitsune Dawn - Appreciate the thought, but I'll see what I can do. Sometime in the not too distant future I plan to do Central of Georgia. I've already done some research, but was waiting to finish Southern first as CG eventually took on a similar paint scheme.
Kitsune Dawn Sep 18 @ 12:42pm 
I did some checking, and may have an out for you, as to why it's short hood forward. Several of the railroads that Southern ended up purchasing (shortlines, etc), had their GP's designated as Short Forward. For example, the Central of Georgia, or Georgia and Florida ran Short forward. In the case of Central of Georgia, you'd just need renumber the black one to 120 or 127. Granted CoG had their own version of the southern scheme in the early days of ownership, but you could just note "This version is short hood forward to represent locomotives from railroads purchased by Southern, and a later long hood forward version is planned."
dwebster73  [author] Sep 18 @ 7:26am 
@Kitsune Dawn - I like to be as accurate as possible and if someone gives me feedback that can improve accuracy, then I welcome it.
UltraVires Sep 17 @ 9:47pm 
Very Nice! Rated! I also agree with the other comment, Southern ran long hood forward. How about the black one runs long hood for freight, and the green one runs short hood for passengers?
Kitsune Dawn Sep 17 @ 6:08pm 
Might just want to release a second version that's the long hood forward version. Thankfully you took the comment on accuracy better than another content creator. I dared note that what scheme he created wasn't a passenger scheme, but a freight one, and he doubled down and claimed I was being 'disrespectful'.
dwebster73  [author] Sep 17 @ 3:04pm 
@Kitsune Dawn - Thank you for the info. As I said before, I read something about this before, but it was in a forum. The article provides more information and explains the reasons for the practice.

I'll see if I can change it, but as it's already released, I don't want to mess up anyone's game. I'll do some testing and see what can be done.
Kitsune Dawn Sep 17 @ 1:25am 
Southern railway didn't convert to short hood foward until around the time that they merged with norfolk western. So, roughly 1982. Even then, they retained long hood forward. There was a caveat to this though. Nearly every locomotive they purchased featured dual controls. Meaning they had controls that would allow them operate in either direction without troubling the engineer. The exception to the long hood forward came with rebuilds, where short hoods were chopped. In those, the short hood was front. Here's a link to a trains magazine article on the subject.
dwebster73  [author] Sep 16 @ 7:35pm 
@Kitsune Dawn - I hear what you are saying. I read the same thing somewhere. So initially I was going to make it long hood forward. However, before doing any project, I do a LOT of research. I think initially they probably did run them long hood forward (as did some other railroads). But over time, it appears that changed. I've gone through so many photos and my conclusion is they ran them both ways, so I opted to go with short hood forward.

If someone has more info on this, I would be happy to look at it and consider adjusting this.
Kitsune Dawn Sep 16 @ 6:39pm 
Not that you can do anything about it, but just a minor FYI in regards to Southern. The long hood was the front on Southern's locomotives, not the short hood. So, it wouldn't be an actual issue really. That's how Southern tended to run them.
dwebster73  [author] Sep 9 @ 5:15pm 
@themeatballhero - The original albedo_opacity file for the GP9 is pretty gritty. So I touched it up long ago and have been using my version ever since. I've made other adjustments as well, but that was the big one. The GP7 is visually nearly identical to the GP9, except for a missing vent. So for the GP7 I made the necessary adjustments to the texture files.