Posts Tagged ‘Kentucky Railway Museum’

Emery Trust Makes Awards, NYC Box Car Saved

March 31, 2020

The John H. Emery Rail Heritage Trust has announced its 2020 grant awards.

Although no grants were awarded to any organizations based in Ohio, the Kentucky Railway Museum received $43,000 for firebox and boiler work on Chesapeake & Ohio 2-8-4 No. 2716.

The Erie Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society received a $25,000 award for restoring diner 469/470.

In an unrelated development, The Wabash Valley Railroad Museum in Terre Haute, Indiana, said it will work with CSX to preserve a 98-year-old New York Central boxcar.

CSX will move the car, weather permitting, from Greencastle, Indiana, to the museum site next to CSX tracks in Terre Haute on March 31.

NYC No. 155524 was built by American Car & Foundry in 1922, rebuilt with steel sides in 1939, and placed near the NYC depot in Greencastle for storage use in 1965.

It had been ticketed to be scrapped until the Hailey Tower Historical & Technical Society, which owns the museum, was able to save it.

The Society is seeking donations to offset the $15,000 cost of moving the car and building a display track.

Donations can be made at the museum website or by mail to the Haley Tower Historical & Technical Society, P.O. Box 10291, Terre Haute, IN 47801.

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.

L&N 152 Restoration Moving Forward

January 11, 2016

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.

2-Phase Restoration Plan Set for L&N No. 152

April 21, 2015

The Kentucky Railway Museum said it is undertaking a two-phase restoration plan to return Louisville & Nashville steam locomotive No. 152 to service.

The society is seeking donations of $60,000 and volunteer workers for the project. It hopes to have this work completed by the end of summer 2015.

Built in 1905, the 4-6-2 has sat idle in New Haven, Ky., since fall 2011 after museum officials observed leaking boiler tubes at the bottom of the rear tube sheet.

The first phase of the restoration plan involves disassembly and ultrasonic testing of the boiler as well as evaluation of the locomotive’s running gear.

The second phase will be driven by the results of the boiler survey and running gear evaluation.

“Our hope and goal is to complete the engine by mid 2017, but the actual date will be determined by the results of our fundraising efforts,” said No. 152 Restoration Committee Chairman Rob Minton.

The museum has nearly $17,000 in the bank and an additional $25,000 in pledges from the museum’s board of directors, membership and others interested in the project.

L&N donated the 152 to the museum in 1954. It is the official steam locomotives of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and is also listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

For further information, go to Crew-152 on Facebook, or go tokyrail.org to make a contribution.