Project 2716 Restoration Update

“We will begin the tender truck conversion the second week of April at KRM. The conversation will be requiring the fabrication of lateral bearings that support the tender from the bolster. We are also fabricating an extension ring for the bowl to adjust the height on the new conversion trucks to meet those of current specs. Once we have completed those the tender will be lifted on both ends and the new trucks installed. I’m anticipating that we will complete those the third week of April. Rods will be removed the second week of May for crank pin and brass inspections. Rods will also be polished and sealed with Cosmoline.

The move date has not been set. However, we have some remaining work to be completed all through May and early June. We anticipate having all of the work for the move done by the second or third week of June.”

Report courtesy of Andy Wartman – Director Restorations – KSHG

Artwork courtesy of Tom Rock.


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LATEST STEAM NEWS: NC&StL’s No. 576 back on the rails for restoration and public excursions!

NASHVILLE – A steam locomotive that has been on display in Nashville for decades is about to take its first journey since 1953.

After two years of planning, preparation, and fund raising, Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis 4-8-4 No. 576 will move from Centennial Park to live rails on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, the Nashville Steam Preservation Society announced Thursday.

The locomotive and tender will travel two miles down some of the busiest streets in Nashville on special multi-wheel trailers, the preservation society said. Mammoet, a global leader in heavy lifting and transport was selected to move the engine to a nearby shortline railroad, the Nashville & Western Railroad.

For the complete story, click on the links below:

https://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2018/12/13-nashville-steam-locomotive-no-576-move-date-set-for-jan-13

News courtesy of Trains Magazine; video courtesy of SmokyMtnSteam via YouTube.


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ANOTHER STEAM REBIRTH: NC&StL Yellow Jacket #576 to return to service!

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — One of the rarest members of “the greatest generation” of modern American steam has languished in a Nashville park for more than six decades. Multiple efforts to bring it back to life have come and gone.

Now, though, steam buffs hope the stars are aligning for Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway No. 576.

The big J3 engine, the sole survivor of a class of 20 built during the desperate days of World War II, is a 1942 product of the American Locomotive Company. The last time someone proposed removing the 4-8-4 from Centennial Park, in 2001, the parks board declined the offer.

Today, though, “it almost seems as if the timing is right, with all the things coming together,” says Shane Meador, a Nashville native and president and chairman of the recently formed Nashville Steam Preservation Society.

For the complete story, click on the links below:

http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2016/04/26-ncstl

http://www.nashvillesteam.org/press-release/576-restoration-proposal/

All news courtesy of David Ibata, Trains Magazine and Jim Wrinn, Nashville Steam Preservation Society, Inc.

LATEST STEAM NEWS: Chesapeake & Ohio No. 2716 Rebirth!

LEXINGTON, Ky. — A non-profit Kentucky group says its members will restore Chesapeake & Ohio 2-8-4 No. 2716 to operating condition.

The Kentucky Steam Heritage Corp.’s announcement this morning coincides with the calendar date, 2-7-16, and comes almost 20 years after the big Kanawha-type locomotive last operated in the 1990s. The locomotive is owned by the Kentucky Railway Museum and has been restored to operation on two different occasions: once by the Southern Railway in the 1980s and once by the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society in 1996.

For the complete story, click on the link below:

http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2016/02/07-2716

All news courtesy of Justin Franz, Trains Magazine.