C&O Steamer to Stand in as L&N Engine

A former Chesapeake & Ohio steam locomotive has been retrofitted to resemble a Louisville & Nashville engine.

lnThe work was done by the Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation on C&O 2-8-4 No. 2716 so that it will have the appearance of an extinct class of L&N locomotives.

No. 2716 was renumbered 1992 in honor of the Baldwin-built M-1 class of steam locomotives that were known informally on the L&N as Big Emmas.

Among the cosmetic changes made to the 2716 to give it an L&N look was changing the locomotive’s boiler-tube pilot and center-mount headlight bracket.

Parts for the changes were donated by Tom Stephens, the former chief mechanical officer for the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society. Stephens donated a boiler tube pilot and headlight.

“When Tom donated the pilot and headlight bracket, it made this possible,” says Chris Campbell, president of the Kentucky group. “The timing was perfect to allow us enough time to work on the transformation in time for the L&N convention.”

Campbell said it was a “temporary cosmetic alteration,” but his organization isn’t ruling out taking the locomotive out on the road as “L&N 1992.”

L&N owned more than 2-8-4 M-1s, with most of them assigned to coal service in eastern Kentucky.

L&N historian Ron Flanary said most  M-1 engines were retired from the active roster in January 1957. The last known existence M-1 listed as active was retired in 1959.

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