Posts Tagged ‘Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation’

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.”

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.

NS Donates SD40-2 to Kentucky Group

June 20, 2020

Norfolk Southern has donated an SD40-2 locomotive to the Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation.

The unit, No. 6212, saw service in the Appalachian coalfields during its 42-year service life.

Chris Campbell, president of the nonprofit, said the diesel will be placed in the organization’s collection and used to “tell the story of how railroads built our region and the nation as a whole.”

No. 6162 was built in May 1978 by Electro-Motive Division for the Norfolk & Western.

It is expected to remain in operational condition and will be displayed in Irvine, Kentucky.

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.

2 Group to Provide Staff Support for Fall Excursions

August 4, 2019

The two partners that are helping Rail Excursion Management Company operate the Autumn Colors Express this October are primarily providing car hosts and other personnel support.

The groups are the Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation and the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society, both of which are known for their steam preservation and restoration efforts.

Formerly known as the New River Train, the Autumn Colors Express will operate on Oct. 25-27 between Huntington and Hinton, West Virginia.

Even Rail Excursion has a steam tie in that its CEO is a former excursion director for Norfolk & Western No. 611.

Ft.WRHS Vice President Kelly Lynch said his organization will provide car hosts for first class passengers and provide administrative and marketing support.
Chris Campbell, president of KHSC said that organization will provide car hosts and other staffing support for the excursions.