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Preservation of this locomotive is especially significant because the Southern 1401 was the leading locomotive (of two Ps-4 Pacific-type) that pulled the Presidential funeral train of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, from Warm Springs to Atlanta, Georgia, on April 13, 1945. FDR had passed away the previous day. Ten Ps-4 locomotives were used by Southern Railway to move that train, in pairs over five districts between Warm Springs and Washington, D.C. The other nine locomotives, like most Southern Railway steam locomotives, were all scrapped as dieselization progressed.