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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.

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.

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.