L&N 152 Restoration Moving Forward

Louisville & Nashville 4-6-2 No. 152 would be returned to operating condition under a plan being worked out by the Kentucky Railway Museum

The museum, which owns 110-year-old locomotive, is working with a group of historic rail equipment experts, including the Coalition for Sustainable Rail.

The Minnesota-based group specializes in research and education of historic rail equipment and will provide engineering and inspection oversight in returning the 152 to service.

Museum work forces have been preparing the locomotive and boiler for inspection, including removal of boiler tubes and flues, boiler jacketing and firebox components

A CSR crew will inspect the boiler ultrasonically and perform an inspection of the overall locomotive and tender to determine remaining work.

No. 152 has been out of service since 2011 after an inspection found found leaky boiler tubes at the bottom of the rear tube sheet.

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