Posts Tagged ‘Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation’

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.

CSX Repaints Diesel into L&N Livery for Museum

April 26, 2022

A former Louisville & Nashville C30-7 locomotive has been repainted into a Family Lines System livery.

CSX repainted the No. 7067 at its Huntington, West Virginia, shops and has donated it to the Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation.

Kentucky Steam will display the unit at its museum near Ravenna, Kentucky, along a former L&N route.

The 7067 was built in 1980 and was one of 44 C30-7s owned by the L&N.

At one time the 7067 wore the colors of Marshall University, which is located in Huntington.

CSX personnel worked with the L&N Historical Society to get the correct colors and lettering.

The 7067 is inoperable and CSX will arrange to move it to the Kentucky Steam facility this spring.

Ky, Colo. Rail Museums Swap Steam Parts

March 9, 2022

A Kentucky railroad museum that is restoring to operating condition a former Chesapeake & Ohio steam locomotive is acquiring parts from a Colorado museum.

Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation reached an agreement with the Pueblo Railway Foundation, which is sending parts from a former Santa Fe steam locomotive to Kentucky that will be used in the restoration of C&O 2-8-4 No. 2716. That parts are coming from Santa Fe 4-8-4 No. 2912.

The Santa Fe parts being sent to Kentucky include two fully rebuilt cross-compound air compressors.

In return, the Kentucky group is sending to Colorado non-working air pumps from the 2716 that will be used in cosmetic restoration of the 2912.

The swap will save Kentucky Steam from $50,000 to $70,000, the group said.

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C&O Steamer May Visit New England

December 28, 2021

Although dates are not yet set, plans have been announced for a former Chesapeake & Ohio steam locomotive based in Kentucky to visit New England once the locomotive is restored to operating condition.

The Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation said it is planning to take 2-8-4 No. 2716 to the Railroad Museum of New England where it would operate on the Naugatuck Railroad for several months.

Railfan & Railroad magazine quoted KSHC President Chris Campbell as saying the New England trip is expected to occur sometime in the middle part of the decade.

The story did not say if the two museums have received approval from any railroads to agree to host a ferry move of the 2716 from its home in Ravenna, Kentucky, to New England.

Campbell told the magazine that now that restoration of shop buildings at the museum site in a former CSX yard is well along that the group can turn its attention toward restoration to operating condition of the 2716.

Kentucky Steam officials said they would not be announcing dates for the visit until certain restoration progress points have been reached.

In the meantime, the Kentucky museum is seeking to raise $10,000 to help pay for the restoration.

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Steamer Pulls Trips at Kentucky Museum

September 14, 2021

The Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation hosted its first steam-powered excursions last weekend using Lehigh Valley Coal 0-6-0T No. 126.

The saddle tank locomotive built by Vulcan Iron Works in 1931 pulled 17-half hour trips during the Ravenna Railroad Festival.

Museum officials said they sold nearly 700 tickets for the excursions. The festival drew an estimated 4,000 attendees some of whom wanted to ride the train but were turned away due to lack of space.

The excursion trains had a former Pennsylvania Railroad baggage car and a coach.

Steam Locomotive to Run at Kentucky Festival

August 21, 2021

The Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation said an 0-6-0 steam locomotive will be on hand during the Ravenna Railroad Festival on Sept. 11.

The engine is Lehigh Valley Coal Company No 126 and it will leading short excursions through Kentucky Steam’s property. 

It will be the first event sponsored by the group to feature live steam motive power.

KSHC is currently restoring to operating condition former Chesapeake & Ohio 2-8-4 No. 2716.

No. 126 is owned by the Grammling Family of Indiana and was built by Vulcan in 1931.

The Ravenna festival will feature food, crafts, arts and music. Tickets for the planned excursions will be available to the public beginning at 5 p.m. on Aug. 22, and will start at $5 apiece.

The train rides will have open-air seating and begin at 10 a.m. on Sept. 11.

A limited number of tickets will be available to run No. 126 on Sept. 12.

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Kentucky Museum Gets Pandemic Grant

August 3, 2021

A Kentucky group restoring a steam locomotive has received a $20,000 grant from COVID-19 pandemic relief funds.

The grant was given to the Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation through Kentucky Humanities, a local non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Kentucky Steam is developing a museum in Ravenna, Kentucky, on the site of a former CSX yard.

The organization qualified for the grant because of the educational programs it’s developing at its museum, which will be show visitors about the operation of historical railroad equipment including steam locomotives.

Kentucky Steam is also restoring to operating condition Chesapeake and Ohio 2-8-4 No. 2716,

Kentucky Museum to Hold Open House June 12

June 8, 2021

Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation will held an open house in Irvine, Kentucky, on June 12.

Visitors will be able to view former Chesapeake & Ohio 2-8-4 No. 2716, which is currently undergoing restoration.

They will also be able to tour the site of the planned multipurpose tourist attraction to be known as “The Yard,” which is being built on the site of a former CSX yard.

The Yard is expected to include a concert venue, restaurant, and brewery, as well as the shop building for the 2716 operation.

Visitors to the open house are asked to register for the event on the group’s website.

Ex-L&N C30-7 Donated to Kentucky Museum

May 24, 2021

The Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation has received a donation of a non-operable C30-7 diesel.

The locomotive was a gift from the Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society and is painted in the colors of Marshall University.

One of 44 of this model road-switchers ordered by the Louisville & Nashville from General Electric in 1979-80, No 7067 was retired from the CSX motive power roster in 1999 and donated to the Huntington Society in 2017.

Kentucky Steam plans to paint the 7067 into its original L&N Family Lines paint livery and place it on static display in Ravenna, Kentucky.

The group will need to raise funds to pay to move the unit this summer.

Kentucky Steam Group Acquires Equipment from Indiana Museum

March 8, 2021

The Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation has purchased three pieces of equipment from the Indiana Transportation Museum

The equipment includes a water tender, baggage car and Railway Post Office car. The latter two cars were once owned by the Pennsylvania Railroad.

The water tender was originally a coal and water tender for Louisville & Nashville No. 1958, which operated out of Ravenna, Kentucky, during much of its operating life.

Although the 1958 was scrapped, the tender was saved and assigned to maintenance-of-way service.

The Southern Railway later acquired it and converted it into a water car.

It served as an auxiliary tender for Norfolk & Western 611 and, later, for Nickel Plate Road No. 587.

All of the equipment in the transaction has sat on KSHC property in Irvine, Kentucky, since late 2018.

It was moved there are the ITM was evicted from its previous home in Noblesville, Indiana.

Although ITM had hoped to reestablish itself at a site in Logansport, Indiana, a news release from KSHC indicated that has yet to happen.

KSHC President Chris Campbell said in statement that the acquisition of the cars will help his organization further its efforts in the ongoing restoration of former Chesapeake & Ohio steam locomotive 2716 to operating condition.

“The water car itself is a valuable addition to the eventual operations of C&O 2716 and has historical relevance to Eastern Kentucky, particularly the communities of Irvine and Ravenna,” Campbell said.

“We have been glad to provide a safe haven for it but now, we believe its future is even more secure, as are the futures for the two Pennsylvania Railroad cars.”

KSHC also is providing temporary storage for NKP 587, which has been partly dismantled.

The 587 operated in excursion service between 1988 and 2003 and has since been sold by ITM to a private individual who KSHC said in a news release “intends to continue the trajectory originally planned when the 1918-built Baldwin locomotive was moved to Kentucky two years ago.”

The news release said the new owner of the 587, who wishes to remain anonymous, plans for the engine to remain in Ravenna for the foreseeable future.

KSHC indicated it will work with the 587’s owner on plans for fundraising and potentially transferring the locomotive into a newly-formed nonprofit designed specifically for the engine.

Jason Sobczynski, KSHC’s chief mechanical officer and CEO of Irvine Kentucky-based Next Generation Rail Solutions, will collaborate with the owner to develop a mechanical plan.

“It’s wonderful to see the future of the 587 looking brighter than it has in some time,” Sobczynski said.

 “While there is some major repair work ahead, it is a rare opportunity to return a locomotive to operation which needs what once was considered scheduled maintenance.”