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Dennison Museum Seeking Funds for Cosmetic Restoration of C&O Steam Locomotive No. 2700

April 21, 2015

A fundraising drive has been established with the goal of raising $20,000 to pay for a cosmetic restoration of Chesapeake & Ohio 2-8-4 Kanawha Class No. 2700 at the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum.

The restoration project is part of a Transportation Enhancement Local Project sponsored by the Ohio Department of Transportation.

ODOT is administering 80 percent of the funding provided by the federal government. The museum must match the remaining 20 percent of the project.

After the funds have been secured, the restoration work will go out for bid. Museum officials hope to have the work completed by 2016.

Built in 1943, the 2700 is in poor condition and has been stripped of most of its components.

“It is important to have a steam engine of this size on site in order for visitors – especially children, to understand the industrial power the railroad symbolized that not only built our nation, but helped win the war,” said museum Director Wendy Zucal. “This particular engine, built in the early 1940s, was a typical engine used during World War II. It was the first in a series of Kanawha-Class engines built for the C&O and is one of the few left today.”

For more information on the “Save Steam Engine No. 2700” campaign, go to

Southern No. 4501 To Pull Series of Excursions

April 21, 2015

Former Southern Railway 2-8-2 No. 4501 will pull a series of trips this year as part of the Norfolk Southern 21st Century Steam Program.

Owned by the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, No. 4501 will pull a trip on June 27 between Bristol, Tenn., and Bulls Gap, Tenn.

It will be on the head end for a June 28 trip between Bristol, Va., and Radford, Va.

Other trips planned include excursions from Chattanooga, Tenn., home city of the museum, to Cleveland, Tenn., during the museum’s annual festival the weekend of Sept. 12-13.

During the weekend of Oct. 3-4, No. 4501 will pull trips between Macon, Ga., and Tennille, Ga.

The steamer’s NS operations will conclude on Oct. 10 with Atlanta-Toccoa, Ga., round trips that will feature running over the Southern Railway main line and across Wells Viaduct.

Aside from the NS trips, No. 4501 will pull public trips on the museum’s railroad and on its north Georgia short line partner to Summerville, Ga.

Tickets for the June trips start at $80 and may be purchased online The sale date for tickets for the September and October trips has yet to be announced.

2-Phase Restoration Plan Set for L&N No. 152

April 21, 2015

The Kentucky Railway Museum said it is undertaking a two-phase restoration plan to return Louisville & Nashville steam locomotive No. 152 to service.

The society is seeking donations of $60,000 and volunteer workers for the project. It hopes to have this work completed by the end of summer 2015.

Built in 1905, the 4-6-2 has sat idle in New Haven, Ky., since fall 2011 after museum officials observed leaking boiler tubes at the bottom of the rear tube sheet.

The first phase of the restoration plan involves disassembly and ultrasonic testing of the boiler as well as evaluation of the locomotive’s running gear.

The second phase will be driven by the results of the boiler survey and running gear evaluation.

“Our hope and goal is to complete the engine by mid 2017, but the actual date will be determined by the results of our fundraising efforts,” said No. 152 Restoration Committee Chairman Rob Minton.

The museum has nearly $17,000 in the bank and an additional $25,000 in pledges from the museum’s board of directors, membership and others interested in the project.

L&N donated the 152 to the museum in 1954. It is the official steam locomotives of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and is also listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

For further information, go to Crew-152 on Facebook, or go to make a contribution.

NKP 765 Excursion Tickets Go on Sale on May 13

April 19, 2015

Tickets will go on sale at 6 p.m. on May 13 for the slate of 12 excursions to be pulled this year by Nickel Plate Road steam locomotive No. 765.

The schedule includes trips between Youngstown and Ashtabula on Aug. 1 and 2 over Norfolk Southern’s Youngstown Line.

The 765 will open its participation in the NS 21st Century steam program with trips from Fort Wayne, Ind., to Lafayette, Ind., and return on July 18 and 19.

Other city pairings include Buffalo, N.Y., and Corning, N.Y (Aug. 1 and 2), Allentown, Pa., and Pittston, Pa., (Aug. 8 and 9), Scranton, Pa., and Binghamton, N.Y., Aug. 15 and 16), and Scranton, Pa., and Nicholson, Pa., (Sept. 12 and 13).

Tickets will be available for purchase online at or by phone at 888-718-4253. NS employees can arrange for tickets through the company portal.

Information about prices, accommodations, boarding sites and trip details will be posted at the website of the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society on May 1.

“We are thrilled to team up with Norfolk Southern again to offer people unique and exciting opportunities to enjoy the 765,” said society President Bill Otter.

The visit to Buffalo will be the first by the 765 since 1985. No. 765 last ran in Allentown in 1988.

The visit to Scranton, the home of the Steamtown National Historic Site, will commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Nicholson Viaduct.

“The people in these areas have been asking for the return of No. 765 for over 20 years. Many of the locomotive’s fans now have families of their own and they’ll get to pass on these great experiences to a new generation,” said Kelly Lynch, communications director for the Fort Wayne Society.

Lynch said the group is considering additional operations in 2015 with the 765.

Built in 1944 by the Lima Locomotive Works, the 765 has been part of the NS 21st century steam program since 2012, primarily pulling trips in the Midwest and Pennsylvania. The first public trip out of Fort Wayne in more than 20 years sold out in less than two hours.

N.C. Museum Sets 2 N&W 611 Public Events

April 19, 2015

Two public events have been set that will give photographers a look at Norfolk & Western J Class No. 611 at the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, N.C., where the locomotive is in the final stages of being restored to operating condition.

The museum on May 23 will host a “611 Send-Off Celebration” complete with a cake and the opportunity to look inside the locomotive cab

The 611 will also be moved on and off the roundhouse turntable with 10 lucky winners being able to purchase 30 minutes of throttle time at a cost of $611 per slot on a first-come, first-served basis.

The throttle times will be sold online at 9 a.m. on April 21. To order, go to

Trains magazine editor Jim Wrinn is coordinating a photo charter featuring the 611 that will be run on May 28. Wrinn is a a 29-year NCTM volunteer and a member of the Fire Up 611! Committee.

The 611 will be posed on the turntable and with other steam and diesel locomotives from the museum’s collection.

It will pull a Tuscan red passenger train with the museum’s heavyweight N&W combine as well as a freight cars, thus replicating the late 1950s local freight service that Class J locomotives saw before their retirement.

The museum’s N&W Tuscan red-painted GP9, No. 620, also will be part of the event.

A night photo session and barbecue luncheon featuring Fire Up 611! Chairman Preston Claytor are also planned.

Tickets are limited and will go on sale at 9 a.m. on April 20. They will cost $250 per person. To order, go to

Tickets may also be ordered by calling 704-636-2889, extension 224.


11 Excursions Behind N&W 611 Set for June, July

April 19, 2015

The first public excursions in more than two decades featuring Norfolk & Western J Class No. 611 will run in Virginia during June and July.

The Virginia Museum of Transportation, which owns the 611, said there will be 11 excursions with trains departing the Virginia cities of Manassas, Lynchburg and Roanoke.

The first trips will be 102-mile excursions on June 6 and 7 between Manassas and Riverton Junction over former Southern Railway tracks.

A morning trip will run on June 6 while morning and afternoon trips will operate on June 7. The excursions, which have been named The American, will be part of the annual Manassas Heritage Railway Festival.

The weekend of June 13 and 14 will feature 260-mile round trip excursions between Lynchburg and Petersburg. Operating as The Cavalier, the trips will feature a two-hour layover in Petersburg.

For Independence Day weekend, the 611 will pull 98-mile roundtrips on July 3, 4, and 5 between Roanoke and Lynchburg in the morning and then an 84-mile roundtrip between Roanoke and Radford (Walton Junction.

Operating as The Pelican, there will be no layover and passengers will not be permitted to leave the train during the trips to Lynchburg.

The afternoon trips, which operate as The Powhatan Arrow, will put the 611 and its train over the fabled Christiansburg grade. There will be no layover and passengers will not be permitted to leave the train.

Tickets for the excursions will go on sale on May 6. Additional information will be posted at

611 Ferry Move back to Roanoke Set for May 30

April 19, 2015

The long-awaited return of Norfolk & Western Class J No. 611 after its restoration will occur on May 30 when the 4-8-4 will travel under steam from North Carolina to its home in Roanoke, Va.

The 220-mile trip will begin on the former Southern Railway main line with No. 611 entering its former home rails at Lynchburg, Va.

From there the 611 will traverse a route that it once traveled in scheduled passenger service in the 1950s.

No public tickets are being sold for the ferry move to Roanoke, which the 611 is expected to make without any diesel helpers.

However, a welcome home reception for the 611 in Roanoke at the former N&W passenger station will be open to the public. The 611 is expected to arrive in Roanoke between 2 and 6 p.m.

Among the VIPs who will be aboard the excursion train to Roanoke will be NS CEO Wick Moorman and President Jim Squires.

The 611 is owned by the Virginia Museum of Transportation and officials say that the May 30 date is significant because it is 65 years and one day after the engine entered revenue service and one year after its appearance at the Streamliners at Spencer festival that in part served as a kickoff for the locomotive’s restoration at the North Carolina Transportation Museum.

In the meantime, workers have completed insulating the 611’s boiler. Jacketing and painting the locomotive are the next tasks to complete. A testing firing will then be conducted before the locomotive makes its test runs.

The 611 was one of 14 Class J passenger locomotives built at Roanoke in 1950 and ran in revenue service through 1959.

It was displayed in Roanoke’s Wasena Park until being restored to operating condition in 1981. It pulled numerous excursions through late 1994 when it was placed on display at the Virginia transportation museum in Roanoke.

The museum in 2013 began a study that concluded that the 611 could be restored for $3.5 million with another $1.5 million needed for an endowment.

The museum has thus far raised more than $3 million from across the United States and 19 countries.

Fund raising continues for an on-campus shop and education facility that the museum hopes to begin constructing this summer.

Steamer Making Way by Highway to Cass Scenic

April 12, 2015

A truck has delivered the tender for Buffalo Creek & Gauley 2-8-0 No. 4 to the Cass Scenic Railroad as part of a plan to return the 1926 Baldwin-built steam locomotive to its home state for restoration.

The tender made a 275-mile journey by highway from Pocahontas County to the Cass Scenic.

During the next 30 days the locomotive’s cab, boiler, wheels and other components will also travel by highway to Cass from Spencer, N.C.

The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad, which operates the Cass Scenic, expects to have No. 4 operating in 2016.

“Durbin & Greenbrier Valley is privileged to bring BC&G No. 4 back ‘home’ to West Virginia with the goal of finishing the project begun by the North Carolina Museum of Transportation,” said owner John Smith.

Restored in 1986, No. 4 was lettered and numbered as a replica for Southern Railway 2-8-0 No. 604.

It was used to pull 3-mile passenger excursions at the North Carolina museum through November 2001.

After the current restoration project is completed, No. 4 will appear as it did when it operated on the Buffalo Creek & Gauley Railroad.

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.

Reading 2100 May Be Restored in Cleveland

April 11, 2015

Reading Company 4-8-4 No. 2100 was a fixture on excursions in the East during the 1960s. But lately it has been stored on the West Coast.

Now plans have been announced to remove the locomotive from storage in Richland, Wash., and transport it by flat car to Cleveland for restoration.

Leading the effort is the American Steam Railroad Preservation Association. Members of the group recently inspected the 2100 and determined that it is in reasonable mechanical condition and suitable for return to service.

The group also plans to transport to Cleveland on a flatcar the 2100’s tender and an auxiliary tender.

No date has been announced for the move. The group was founded in 2005 and is also seeking to raise money to move Frisco steam locomotive to Cleveland from its current home in Taylorville, Ill., to be restored.

Built in 1945 in Reading, Pa., No. 2100 was known for pulling the Reading’s Iron Horse Rambles from 1959 to 1964. Further information is available at


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