Historic Nashville, Inc. Endorses Nashville Steam

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The Nashville Steam Preservation Society received an endorsement of support from Nashville’s famed preservation advocate, Historic Nashville, Inc. Historic Nashville formed in 1968 to promote and preserve Nashville’s historic environment. They have been involved with the preservation and revitalization of several Nashville landmarks including the Ryman Auditorium, the Hermitage Hotel, the Shelby Street Bridge, and Union Station. Union Station, Nashville’s most iconic physical testament to the golden age of railroading, was saved in large part to the efforts of Historic Nashville, Inc. in the 1980s. Representatives of NSPS attended Historic Nashville’s release of their 2016 “Nashville Nine” list this past October. The list coincided with the grand reopening of Union Station Hotel following extensive renovations. An operable No. 576 will certainly add to this rich collection of preservation achievements in our great city.

“Historic Nashville, Inc. is proud to endorse this important and comprehensive project that will put an iconic historic artifact to use for the community’s benefit and enjoyment.” NSPS is proud to do our part to keep Nashville unique.

Follow the link below to read more from Historic Nashville’s trip to Centennial Park.

Full steam ahead: bringing No. 576 back to life

 

576 Report: Work on bearings and cylinders continue

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Following our successful Open House in mid-October, NSPS was back in Centennial Park to continue several projects on No. 576. Several of the tender roller bearings were drained of the 63-year oil, inspected, and refilled with new oil. We are very pleased to say they are in great condition! Additionally, the cylinder and valve covers were removed for the first time in decades. We removed the valve heads on both sides of the locomotive for inspection of the spool valves and stuffing box. We were very pleased with their condition! All great signs for the future of No. 576!

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Open House Welcomes Hundreds as Nashville Steam Reaches Fundraising Milestone

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NASHVILLE, TENN. The not-for-profit Nashville Steam Preservation Society (NSPS) welcomed over 500 people to Centennial Park for its first ever Open House and is fast approaching an important fundraising milestone for the restoration of steam locomotive No. 576.

Despite the weather, a constant stream of visitors toured No. 576’s display site and purchased gift store items and participated in the silent auction during the October 14th event. Among the visitors were numerous families whose relatives worked for the Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway and on the 576 during its original career on the railroad.

“We believe it is important to keep the memories alive, share the personal stories, embrace the excitement and help to show others that this locomotive is so much more than just a monument,” said Shane Meador, President of Nashville Steam Preservation Society.

Amid the generous support of individuals and corporations in monetary and in-kind donations, Nashville Steam is also proud to announce it is approximately half way to its initial capital goal of $500,000 to relocate No. 576 and begin the restoration process.

“Our hope is to reach our goal by the first of the year through donations, employer matches, grants and sponsorships,” stated Meador.

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Following the Open House, Historic Nashville, Inc. officially endorsed the  Nashville Steam Preservation Society and its efforts. An additional announcement will be forthcoming.

Progress continues to be made on relocating No. 576 from Centennial Park. Upcoming work includes:

• finishing tender roller bearing inspections
• additional boiler and firebox surveys,
• taking samples and changing the oil on all bearings on the locomotive and tender
• restoring the brake system

Nashville Steam will be conducting regularly scheduled Friday and Saturday work sessions throughout the fall.

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Nashville Steam Open House!

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The Nashville Steam Preservation Society is hosting a FREE Open House in Nashville’s Centennial Park on October 14 from 4:00 to 10:00 pm. Come on down to the locomotive, just west of the Parthenon on 27th Ave. N., for tours of the train, evening photo sessions, a silent auction, live music from The Famer & Adele, food trucks and more. All proceeds and donations will go towards the restoration of Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Rwy. No. 576 to operate excursions out of downtown Nashville.

The event in brief:

DATE: Friday, October 14
TIME: 4:00-10:00 PM
LOCATION: 
At the locomotive, just west of the Parthenon on 27th Ave. N. in Centennial Park
ATTRACTIONS INCLUDE:

• Live musical performances from Nashville’s own: The Farmer & Adele from 5:00-6:00
• Locomotive tours from 4:00-7:30
• Evening photo session from 8:00-9:30
• Silent auction from 4:00 – 7:00
• Food trucks from 5:00 – 8:00
• Gift shop and tent open the entire time
• And more!

We look forward to meeting y’all soon!