Posts Tagged ‘Louisville & Nashville’

ITM Rolling Stock Going to Kentucky

October 2, 2018

Three more pieces of rolling stock that once belong to the Indiana Transportation Museum are heading for Kentucky.

The Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation is acquiring former Pennsylvania Railroad combine RPO 6565, PRR baggage car 9036 and former Louisville & Nashville auxiliary water car 220166.

Hulcher Services is working with the steam group to move the equipment to Ravenna, Kentucky.

Hulcher will transport the cars by truck to a CSX rail line where they will be inspects and shipped by rail.

It is not known when the cars will move by rail or by what route.

Chris Campbell, president of the Kentucky Steam Heritage Corp., said the said the combine will be used as a tool and crew car for steam operations.

It had already been retrofitted by ITM for similar use with Nickel Plate Road No. 587.

The L&N water tender increase the operational capacity of Chesapeake & Ohio No. 2716. The car once served in the Norfolk Southern steam program before being retired in 1988 and donated to ITM.


Drawing Released of Proposed Museum

September 10, 2018

An architecture firm has released drawings for the museum to be built by the Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation in Ravenna, Kentucky.

The 45-acre site in a former CSX and Louisville & Nashville yard will have feature train operations and other attractions that museum officials say will showcase eastern Kentucky’s history, natural beauty and culture.

Special attention will be paid to functionality, keeping long-term development and short-term use of the property in mind, said Chris Campbell, president of the group, which is based in Lexington.

The steam group has an agreement with CSX to purchase the land to be used for the museum.

A fundraising campaign is expected to get underway on Sept. 22 and the ground will pursue such funding opportunities as grants through such organizations as the Appalachian Regional Commission.

CSX Recognizes Kentucky Rail Museum

June 23, 2018

CSX has created another locomotive decal to honor the Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation, which is based in Ravenna, Kentucky.

General Electric ET44AH locomotive No. 3440 has received a Spirit of Ravenna decal along with a Kentucky Steam Heritage logo and a special Louisville & Nashville decal.

The decal was designed by Tyler Hardin, a Kentucky rail photographer, graphic artist, and longtime supporter of the steam heritage group.

The steam heritage group plans to buy 50 acres of former CSX property to build a tourist and community development center whose centerpiece will be Chesapeake & Ohio No. 2716, a Kanawha type engine.

The site is the location of the former Ravenna car shops. The museum complex will use the railroad’s yard office building, yard tracks, and railcar facility.

A fundraising campaign is currently underway.

Kentucky Group Wins NRHS Grant

June 20, 2018

A Kentucky museum is one of eight recipients of a 2018 heritage grant from the National Railway Historical Society.

The Allen County Historical Society and Museum in Scottsville, Kentucky, received a $1,500 grant to be used to help fund the exterior restoration of a former Louisville & Nashville Railroad 70-ton diesel switch engine.

The locomotive, which will be placed on static display next to the under restoration Scottsville passenger station, was the last unit serving Scottsville and the Scottsville branch.

NRHS awarded a total of $21,000 in grants to not-for-profit organizations, including historical societies, museums, and a railway historical society chapter.

Indiana Short Line Gets $10M TIGER Grant

March 9, 2018

A federal TIGER grant of $10 million has been awarded to a railroad bridge project in southwest Indiana.

The grant will be used to rebuild the approaches to a bridge over the Maunie River in Posey County that is used by the Evansville Western Railway.

The grant application said the timber supports for the approaches are in “dire need of replacement.”

The bridge is on the former Louisville & Nashville line that connected Evansville, Indiana, with St. Louis.

The bridge was built in 1926. The E&W serves farmers, refiners, coal miners, and river ports.

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.