Kentucky Group Wins Trains Preservation Award

The Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation has received the 2019 preservation award from Trains magazine.

The $10,000 grant will be used in the restoration of former Chesapeake & Ohio 2-8-4 No. 2716.

The museum plans to use the funds to pay for rebuilding the hot water pump on the Kanawha type locomotive’s boiler system.

Trains said it received 37 applications for the award, including bids for funding for renovation of rolling stock; steam and diesel locomotive rebuilding; and preservation of archives.

The Kentucky group earlier this year was awarded $46,000 from the John Emery Trust to pay for new boiler tubes for No. 2716, which was retired by the C&O in 1956 and donated to the Kentucky Railway Museum three years later.

No. 2716 has twice been restored to operating condition. The Southern Railway restored it in 1981 and the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society overhauled it in 1996.

After both restorations the 2716 ran only for a brief time before being sidelined with mechanical issues.

The Heritage Corporation is leasing the 2716 from the Kentucky Railway Museum.

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