Posts Tagged ‘L&N steam locomotives’

Wasatch To Restore L&N Steamer

February 8, 2017

Wasatch Railroad Contractors will oversee the restoration of a former Louisville & Nashville steam locomotive in Kentucky.

KentuckyL&N 0-8-0 No. 2132 will be cosmetically restored for display in Corbin, Kentucky at the Corbin Railroad Museum. The restoration project also includes L&N steel bay window caboose No. 30.

The restorations, expected to be done in time for an August festival in Corbin, are expected to cost $294,224.

The L&N Railroad Historical Society also plans to hold its 2017 convention in Corbin in September.

No. 2132, a class C-1, is one of three L&N steam locomotives still in existence.

C&O Steamer to Stand in as L&N Engine

October 5, 2016

A former Chesapeake & Ohio steam locomotive has been retrofitted to resemble a Louisville & Nashville engine.

lnThe work was done by the Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation on C&O 2-8-4 No. 2716 so that it will have the appearance of an extinct class of L&N locomotives.

No. 2716 was renumbered 1992 in honor of the Baldwin-built M-1 class of steam locomotives that were known informally on the L&N as Big Emmas.

Among the cosmetic changes made to the 2716 to give it an L&N look was changing the locomotive’s boiler-tube pilot and center-mount headlight bracket.

Parts for the changes were donated by Tom Stephens, the former chief mechanical officer for the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society. Stephens donated a boiler tube pilot and headlight.

“When Tom donated the pilot and headlight bracket, it made this possible,” says Chris Campbell, president of the Kentucky group. “The timing was perfect to allow us enough time to work on the transformation in time for the L&N convention.”

Campbell said it was a “temporary cosmetic alteration,” but his organization isn’t ruling out taking the locomotive out on the road as “L&N 1992.”

L&N owned more than 2-8-4 M-1s, with most of them assigned to coal service in eastern Kentucky.

L&N historian Ron Flanary said most  M-1 engines were retired from the active roster in January 1957. The last known existence M-1 listed as active was retired in 1959.

L&N Group Gives $5,000 for Steamer Restoration

July 9, 2016

The Louisville & Nashville Railroad Historical Society recently donated $5,000 to help kick-start the restoration of L&N 0-8-0 No. 2132 and its tender.

KentuckyThe money will also be used to restore L&N steel bay caboose No. 30 and Southern Railway’s French Broad River Pullman car.

After restoration, the locomotive and rolling stock will be displayed at a railroad museum in Corbin, Kentucky.

L&N No. 2132 is one of only three L&N steam locomotives sill extant and the lone survivor of 400 locomotives manufactured by L&N at its South Louisville shops.

L&N 2132 Arrives at Corbin Museum Site

January 20, 2016

Louisville & & Nashville No. 2132 is back in Corbin, Kentucky, after traveling by truck from Georgia.

Movement of the 0-8-0 was spearheaded by the Corbin Tourism and Convention Commission, which is working to establish a railroad museum in the the former L&N passenger station in Corbin

The museum is focusing on displaying equipment relevant to eastern Kentucky and the L&N.

The steam locomotive arrived in Corbin on Monday and will join an L&N steel bay-window at the museum.

No. 2132 is one of just three surviving L&N steam locomotives. The fleet once numbered about 1,100 engines. Two other surviving L&N steam locomotives are owned by the Kentucky Railway Museum in New Haven

Built by the L&N in its South Louisville shops, No. 2132 was one of 400 steam engines built there and the only one not be scrapped.

After being sold to a Florida power plant in 1951, No. 2132 later ended up on static display in Bainbridge, Georgia.

The city of Bainbridge agreed to sell No. 2132 to Corbin interests for a nominal fee.

The Corbin museum plans to undertake a cosmetic restoration of No. 2132, which is mostly intact.  To be added to the locomotive are a whistle, bell, headlight, reproduction number and builder’s plates

The 2132 also will receive a boiler jacket, new jackets on its cylinders, and patching and replacement of rusted metal.

The goal of the restoration is to return the 2132 to the appearance that it had when it left the South Louisville shops.

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.

L&N Steamer Set to Move to Kentucky

January 7, 2016

A Kentucky group said it has finalized arrangements to bring a former Louisville & Nashville steam locomotive to Corbin, Kentucky.

L&N 0-8-0 No. 2132 will move by truck along with its tender and an L&N steel bay window caboose from its present home in Bainbridge, Georgia.

No. 2132 is a class C-1 and one of three former L&N steam locomotives still in existence. It is the last of 400 steam locomotives built at the L&N’s South Louisville shops between 1905 and 1923

Upon arrival in Corbin, the steamer and caboose will be placed on a display track next to the former L&N passenger station, which is in the process of being made into a museum.

The Corbin Tourism and Convention Commission raised the money to acquire and move the 2132 and has contracted with Wasatch Railroad Contractors of Cheyenne, Wyoming, to do the moving.

That company expected to begin loading the locomotive and caboose next week and deliver it to Corbin by Jan. 16.

Also on display in Corbin is a Cincinnati, New Orleans & Texas Pacific streamlined sleeper, French Broad River.

Once in Corbin, No. 2132 is expected to receive some cosmetic restoration.

Restoration Work Begins on L&N 4-6-2 No. 152

April 12, 2015

Restoration of Louisville & Nashville 4-6-2 No. 152 got underway recently as volunteers began disassembling it in preparation for a 1,472-day inspection.

The inspection, mandated by the Federal Railroad Administration, was to have been done in 2012, but instead the 152 was retired.

The Kentucky Railway Museum, owner of the locomotive, plans to conduct an engineering study this year to determine what work needs to be done to the boiler and running gear.

If the museum can secure funding, it hopes to have the 152 restored by the middle of 2017.

Although the museum’s board of directors, members and friends have donated money to the project, the museum said that participation of a broad group of investors and supporters is needed to get the 152 running again.

No. 152 is one of three remaining L&N steam locomotives, two of which are housed at the Kentucky Railway Museum.

Built in 1905 by Rogers Locomotive Works, No. 152 pulled L&N passenger trains until its retirement in 1953. L&N donated the 152 to the Kentucky Railway Museum in 1957.

It took 13 years, but volunteers restored the 4-6-2 locomotive to operating condition in 1985.

The 152 was used in mainline excursions from 1986 through 1988, but after 1990 it operated on the museum’s 17-mile remnant of the former L&N Lebanon Branch. The last excursion with the 152 was conducted in fall 2011.

Way Cleared for L&N Steamer to Return to Ky.

February 20, 2015

Georgia officials have signed off on transferring ownership of a former Louisville & Nashville steam locomotive, thus paving the way for moving it to a Kentucky railroad museum.

The Bainbridge, Ga., city council agreed to allow the city of Corbin, Ky., to take ownership of C-1 class 0-8-0 No. 2132 in exchange for $5,000 in cash.

The deal also includes former L&N caboose No. 30, built at South Louisville in 1964 as number 1056.

The steam locomotive and caboose will be moved to Kentucky via CSX and R.J. Corman Railroad Group.

The engine will be repainted and lettered to appear as it did when it served the L&N service. The museum will seek to make the locomotive look as authentic as possible.

Expected to oversee the movement and restoration of the locomotive will be Steve Lee of Wasatch Railroad Contractors. Lee is a former manager of the Union Pacific steam program.

“The fact L&N 2132 exists at all is a minor miracle, but getting her back home to Kentucky—to be cosmetically restored and displayed adjacent to a major former L&N terminal—is extraordinary,” said Sid Johnson, president of the L&N Historical Society.

No. 2132 was built by the L&N at its South Louisville Shops in 1922, one of 400 steam locomotives built there.

“The L&N was one of the few railroads in the United States to build entirely new steam locomotives on a large production scale,” Johnson said.

There are only three former L&N steam locomotives still in existence.

Rogers-built K2A 4-6-2 Pacific No. 152 is part of the collection of the Kentucky Railway Museum in New Haven.

A second 0-8-0, L&N No. 2152, is also in the museum’s collection.No. 2152 is a slightly larger C-2 class 0-8-0 built by Alco’s Richmond, Va., works.

The last regular use of steam on the L&N was on Nov. 3, 1956, when M-1 class “Big Emma” 2-8-4 No. 1950 handled a coal train from Ravenna to DeCoursey, Ky.

However, a single J-4 2-8-2 Mikado, No. 1882, was still leased to the Carrolton Railroad.

When the L&N finally had an extra diesel switcher to replace No. 1882, it was swapped out for the Mikado at Worthville, Ky., on Jan. 28, 1957.

No. 1882 then pulled local freight No. 86 to DeCoursey, which was the last time an L&N steam locomotive ran in actual service. After that, every remaining locomotive was scrapped.