Posts Tagged ‘Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’

L&N 152 Restoration Wins Federal Grant

July 19, 2019

The Kentucky Railway Museum has received a federal grant that will be used toward restoration of a Louisville & Nashville steam locomotive.

The $435,000 grant was awarded through the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

However, museum officials say that more money needs to be raised to complete the restoration of L&N 152, a 4-6-2 Pacific type that has not operated since 2011.

No. 152 is the official steam locomotive of Kentucky.

Rob Minton, chairman of the museum’s Crew 152, told Trains magazine the grant will move the restoration toward 85 percent completion.

Fundraising to support the restoration efforts began in 2015. The federal grant is a matching grant for which the recipient must provide a 20 percent match or about $87,000.

Minton said KRM has most of the matching funds needed but will continue to seek to raise the balance.

The museum has raised more than $100,000 thus far to use toward restoration.

No. 152 was built in 1905 by Rogers Locomotive Works and used largely primarily to pull L&N passenger trains between Louisville, Kentucky, and Nashville, Tennessee.

It was donated to the KRM in 1954 after being cosmetically restored. It was restored to operating condition in 1985 after a 13-year effort.

Flue and boiler issues led to the locomotive being taken out of service in 2011. The locomotive’s boiler certification has since expired.

KRM officials hope to have the 152 back in steam and running in two or three years.

Grants Awarded for Kentucky Rail Projects

July 12, 2019

Four grants totaling $1.3 million have been awarded by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to improve multimodal freight transportation through the Kentucky Rail Crossing Improvement Program.

Winning the grants were the Paducah & Louisville Railway, R.J. Corman Railroad Group, Fredonia Valley Railroad and Louisville Metro Government.

Twenty safety projects will be funded by the funding, including the reconstruction of 16 crossings, three signal upgrades and one crossing replacement.

Jointly administered by the Division of Planning and Division of Right of Way and Utilities, the cabinet will fund half of $2.5 million in project costs to maintain and improve grade crossings in Kentucky.

The cabinet also said it is issuing $500,000 in grants to improve public safety at six Kentucky riverports including facilities in Owesboro and Louisville that are served by rail.

In Owesboro, the funding will be used to replace 575 deteriorated crossties and 60 deteriorated switchties to maintain reliability of the port rail loop and rail access by CSX.

In Louisville ,1,900 deteriorated crossties will be replaced. The Louisville port is served by CSX, Norfolk Southern and the P&L.

Kentucky Awards $1.3M in Crossing Project Funds

November 10, 2018

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to award $1.3 million in grants to improve multimodal freight transportation as part of the state’s Rail Crossing Improvement Program.

In a news release, the cabinet said the grants are matching funds used to maintain and improve local and regional railroads.

Winning award were the Paducah & Louisville, R.J. Corman Railroad Group, the Louisville and Jefferson County Riverport Authority, KYTC Highway District 3/Glasgow Railroad Company. and KYTC Highway District 10/CSX.

The grants will be used for 21 projects, affecting 17 crossings and four signals.
The awards were determined on the basis of crash history, vehicle, train and truck traffic, physical condition, project cost and the federal railroad crossing score.

Most projects will involve rebuilding crossing surfaces, including pavement, ballast, ties and rail replacements.

Public Comment Sought on Ky. Freight Plan

June 16, 2016

The proposed Kentucky 2016 freight transportation plan is being circulated and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is seeking public comment on it.

KentuckyThe plan includes a call for recommendations to establish a freight advisory committee whose purpose would be to enhance communications between the cabinet and the freight industry.

The Transportation Cabinet teamed up with consulting firm CDM Smith and the Kentucky Transportation Center to develop the draft freight plan, which analyzes the state’s system of roads, railroads, waterways, airports and pipelines.

The plan also makes suggestions for initiatives and investments for Kentucky’s freight transportation system.

Comments are being sought from constituents, local governments, industry partners, and interested agencies and organizations through July 8.

“We are eager to receive input on the statewide freight plan from interested parties whose goal is to promote the safe and efficient transportation of freight,” said KYTC Secretary Greg Thomas in a statement.

Kentucky Awards $3M to 4 Short Line Railroads

November 4, 2015

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has announced the awarding of more than $3 million in grants to short-line railroads.

The money will be used to fund public safety improvements to at-grade crossings, railroad bridge overpasses and crossing warning signals, lights, signs and barriers.

The state funds will pay for 75 percent to 80 percent of project costs with the railroads providing the remainder of the expenses.  The grants were awarded to:

• R.J. Corman Railroad Group, $1,568,915 for 13 projects on its Central Kentucky Line and eight on its Memphis Line. The projects involve reconstruction or rehabilitation of crossings and overpasses, and a crossing signal upgrade.

• Paducah & Louisville, $1,282,725 for 15 projects in McCracken, Marshall and Jefferson counties involving reconstruction of crossings and a signal upgrade.

• Port of Louisville Railroad, $93,980 for reconstruction of a crossing on KY 1230 in Jefferson County.

• Kentucky Railway Museum, $136,577 for improvements to crossings on U.S. 52 in LaRue County and a county road in Nelson County.