Posts Tagged ‘John H. Emery Rail Heritage Trust’

Ky. Museum to Buy Parts from Indiana Museum

September 9, 2022

Railroad museums in Kentucky and Indiana have reached an agreement over the sale of boiler tubes and flues that will enable the restoration of a former Chesapeake & Ohio steam locomotive.

The Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation will purchase the tubes and flues from the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum. They will be used to restore to operating condition 2-8-4 No. 2716.

Funding for the transaction was provided by the John H. Emery Rail Heritage Trust.

The Indiana museum is considering restoring its own C&O Kanawha-type locomotive, No, 2789, to operating condition.

A similar equipment arrangement between museums was consummated earlier this year when Kentucky Steam swapped locomotive air compressors with the Pueblo Railway Foundation of Colorado.

Kentucky Steam will host a two-day railroad-themed festival on Sept. 10-11 in Irvine, Kentucky.

C&O 1309 Restoration Gets Another Emery Grant

July 23, 2020

The restoration of Chesapeake & Ohio 2-6-6-2 No. 1309 got a boost this week with a grant from the Emery Rail Heritage Trust.

The foundation has awarded $50,000 to the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad to help the tourist railroad complete the restoration of the 1949 Baldwin-built locomotive.

WMSR officials have said they need $150,000 to complete the restoration of No. 1309 to operating condition.

The project is expected to have cost $3.2 million once completed.

Workers are currently completing work on the the running gear, back head piping, stoker, and other tasks needed to enable 1309 to become the world’s largest operating Mallet type locomotive.

The Emery grant was unusual in that the organization normally only makes awards in the spring. It is the third grant for 1309 restoration made by the Trust.

Previous grants included $40,000 in 2019 and $10,000 earlier this year.

Trust Awards Grant for C&O 1309 Restoration

March 26, 2020

The John H. Emery Rail Heritage Trust has awarded a $10,000 grant for the restoration of Chesapeake & Ohio 2-6-6-2 No. 1309.

The grant will be used to pay to have two heavy duty cranes set the boiler of the locomotive on its wheels.

The grant is the second awarded by the trust for restoration work on the 1309, which is being undertaken by the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad.

A grant awarded last year was used to purchase jacketing and insulation.

The crane lift is expected to occur in the next quarter of this year although that will hinge on any restrictions imposed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.