Restoration Work Begins on L&N 4-6-2 No. 152

Restoration of Louisville & Nashville 4-6-2 No. 152 got underway recently as volunteers began disassembling it in preparation for a 1,472-day inspection.

The inspection, mandated by the Federal Railroad Administration, was to have been done in 2012, but instead the 152 was retired.

The Kentucky Railway Museum, owner of the locomotive, plans to conduct an engineering study this year to determine what work needs to be done to the boiler and running gear.

If the museum can secure funding, it hopes to have the 152 restored by the middle of 2017.

Although the museum’s board of directors, members and friends have donated money to the project, the museum said that participation of a broad group of investors and supporters is needed to get the 152 running again.

No. 152 is one of three remaining L&N steam locomotives, two of which are housed at the Kentucky Railway Museum.

Built in 1905 by Rogers Locomotive Works, No. 152 pulled L&N passenger trains until its retirement in 1953. L&N donated the 152 to the Kentucky Railway Museum in 1957.

It took 13 years, but volunteers restored the 4-6-2 locomotive to operating condition in 1985.

The 152 was used in mainline excursions from 1986 through 1988, but after 1990 it operated on the museum’s 17-mile remnant of the former L&N Lebanon Branch. The last excursion with the 152 was conducted in fall 2011.

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