We are thrilled to announce that our ordinance to lease No. 576 from Metro Nashville has passed the second reading!! Thank you to everyone who came out tonight to show support for this historic endeavor. From Trains Magazine Newswire:

The full Council accepted the recommendation of the Parks, Library and Recreation Committee and approved the second reading of the bill to lease the Class J3 “Dixie” engine to the Nashville Steam Preservation Society.

The measure now goes to the Convention, Tourism, and Public Entertainment Facilities Committee, according to society President Shane Meador, who attended Tuesday evening’s council meeting.

The panel will review the proposal the afternoon of Aug. 16, before the third and final reading of the bill that evening by the council, governing agency for the City of Nashville and Davidson County.

We look forward to seeing one and all on Tuesday, August 16!