2-Phase Restoration Plan Set for L&N No. 152

The Kentucky Railway Museum said it is undertaking a two-phase restoration plan to return Louisville & Nashville steam locomotive No. 152 to service.

The society is seeking donations of $60,000 and volunteer workers for the project. It hopes to have this work completed by the end of summer 2015.

Built in 1905, the 4-6-2 has sat idle in New Haven, Ky., since fall 2011 after museum officials observed leaking boiler tubes at the bottom of the rear tube sheet.

The first phase of the restoration plan involves disassembly and ultrasonic testing of the boiler as well as evaluation of the locomotive’s running gear.

The second phase will be driven by the results of the boiler survey and running gear evaluation.

“Our hope and goal is to complete the engine by mid 2017, but the actual date will be determined by the results of our fundraising efforts,” said No. 152 Restoration Committee Chairman Rob Minton.

The museum has nearly $17,000 in the bank and an additional $25,000 in pledges from the museum’s board of directors, membership and others interested in the project.

L&N donated the 152 to the museum in 1954. It is the official steam locomotives of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and is also listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

For further information, go to Crew-152 on Facebook, or go tokyrail.org to make a contribution.

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