Posts Tagged ‘C&O 2716’

Plans Announced for Rail Heritage Facility

October 23, 2020

The Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation said this week it will transform a former CSX facility into a multipurpose development featuring food, arts, music, and a heritage rail facility.

Funding of the project includes a $120,000 contribution by the Commonwealth of Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and investments and support by local industries.

Known as The Yard, the facility will be located on 40 acres situated between Irvine and Ravenna.

The Yard will have a 4,500-seat multi-purpose facility for concerts and other events.

Former railroad shop building will be used in the restoration work on Chesapeake & Ohio 4-8-4 No. 2716.

The shop will be open as an interactive museum and available for area vocational schools to help students learn a trade.

Kentucky Group Wins Trains Preservation Award

December 3, 2019

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.

C&O Steamer Completes Kentucky Ferry Move

July 30, 2019

A former Chesapeake & Ohio 2-8-4 Kanawha-type locomotive completed a ferry move on Sunday within Kentucky.

C&O No. 2716 was moved from the Kentucky Railway Museum in New Haven to the Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation in Ravenna where it will be restored to operating condition.

Leading the 2716’s ferry move into Ravenna was Clinchfield Railroad F7 No. 800.

The move began on Friday and involved CSX and R.J. Corman Railroad Group. It passed through Louisville, Frankfort and Lexington along the way.

Also moving from New Haven to Ravenna was restored C&O caboose 3203.

KSHC also said that it has received a donation of $6,000 from model railroad manufacturer ScaleTrains and $46,000 from the John H. Emery Rail Heritage Trust.

CSX said it will donate to KSHC SW1500 switcher No. 1100, formerly Louisville & Nashville No. 5000.

Restoration of No. 2716 is expected to take a year and a half.

C&O 2716 Begins 3-Day Trip Today in Kentucky

July 26, 2019

A former Chesapeake & Ohio steam locomotive will begin a three-day journey today from one Kentucky museum to another.

Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation, CSX, and R.J. Corman Railroad Group will move C&O 2-8-4 Kanawha No. 2716 from the Kentucky Railway Museum at New Haven to a planned heritage center at CSX’s former Ravenna Yard at Irvine.

Along the way No. 2718 will make a guest appearance at a street festival in Midway and be honored in Lexington with a new craft brewed beer.

The journey is slated to commence at 10 a.m today when the 2716 and an excursion train is towed by former Clinchfield Railroad EMD F7 No. 800 to the KRMs connection with CSX at Lebanon Junction.

At Lebanon Junction, some cars will be cut off and return to the museum while the 2716 and its train continues on the CSX Main Line Subdivision to Louisville where it will connect with R.J. Corman and travel via the former C&O Old Road Subdivision to Frankfort.

The 2716 will be displayed outside the Old Capital Building from 6:30 to 9 p.m. today.

On Saturday, 2716 will arrive at Midway at 9:45 a.m. and the 2716 will be on display.

It will depart Midway at 1:15 p.m. and arrive at Manchester Street in Lexington 75 minutes later where there will be a three-hour event celebrating a new beer brewed in the locomotive’s honor, the “Back on Track Steam Beer.”

On Sunday, No. 2716 will depart Lexington for Winchester  at 9:15 a.m. to be interchanged with CSX at 11 a.m. before departing for Ravenna.

The 2716 is expected to arrive at Veterans Memorial Park in Ravenna at 3:30 p.m. and be on display until 5 p.m.

Brewing a Special Beer for Ky. Steam Restoration

July 21, 2019

Two Lexington, Kentucky, breweries are teaming up to brew a special beer to raise money to be used for restoration of a Chesapeake & Ohio steam locomotive.

Back on Track Steam Beer is being brewed by Ethereal Brewing and Mirror Twin Brewing to raise money to help with the Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation, which will be the new home of C&O No. 2716.

The locomotive is now at the Kentucky Railway Museum near at New Haven and will move next week to the Kentucky Steam Heritage Center in Irvine.

The tribute beer will be released on July 27, the second day of the move the 2716’s three-day move. That move will pass through Lexington.

Kentucky Museum Completes Land Purchase

October 16, 2018

A Kentucky museum has taken possession of a portion of a former Louisville & Nashville Railroad yard in Ravenna, Kentucky.

The Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation said it has completed a deal with CSX to take over the yard, which will be used for shops and a museum.

The shop will be used to restore railroad locomotives and rolling stock. The steam corporation plans to establish a partnership with Estill County Schools to offer technical skills training.

The next step in the development project will be rehabilitating a shop and yard office used by CSX, which had built a three-bay car shop on the property in 1991.

The steam corporation plans to restore in the shop the former Chesapeake & Ohio 2-8-4 No. 2716.

Steam corporation officials said they hope to raise enough money in the next several months to lay track to the shop and to update its electrical system.

There will be a formal kick-off party and grand opening gala later this year.

ITM Rolling Stock Going to Kentucky

October 2, 2018

Three more pieces of rolling stock that once belong to the Indiana Transportation Museum are heading for Kentucky.

The Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation is acquiring former Pennsylvania Railroad combine RPO 6565, PRR baggage car 9036 and former Louisville & Nashville auxiliary water car 220166.

Hulcher Services is working with the steam group to move the equipment to Ravenna, Kentucky.

Hulcher will transport the cars by truck to a CSX rail line where they will be inspects and shipped by rail.

It is not known when the cars will move by rail or by what route.

Chris Campbell, president of the Kentucky Steam Heritage Corp., said the said the combine will be used as a tool and crew car for steam operations.

It had already been retrofitted by ITM for similar use with Nickel Plate Road No. 587.

The L&N water tender increase the operational capacity of Chesapeake & Ohio No. 2716. The car once served in the Norfolk Southern steam program before being retired in 1988 and donated to ITM.

C&O Steamer to Stand in as L&N Engine

October 5, 2016

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.