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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Our friends and restoration partners at the Tennessee Central Railway Museum are gearing up for another exciting year of excursions through Middle Tennessee! Their fleet of 1950s-era Budd passenger cars and 1st generation motive power will take you back in time to the golden age of rail travel. Click here www.tcry.org/train-rides to see their full schedule. Order soon! These trips will sell out! ... See MoreSee Less
"An agrarian economy and a general lack of heavy industrial infrastructure before World War II meant the old South was home mostly to USRA-influenced [motive power]. Then came the 4-8-4s of the Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis..." Thanks to our friend Kevin Keefe and Classic Trains Magazine for this great summation of the incomparable J3-57 class! Read the full article here: bit.ly/48FcCmM ... See MoreSee Less
Happy New Year! It's been another incredible year for Nashville Steam and the restoration of No. 576. 2023 saw the reinstallation of the fully serviced running gear, continued work on the boiler and firebox, removal of the tender wheels for servicing, the Music City Flyer fundraiser, and the addition of another NC&StL tender to our collection. Click here bit.ly/4aFcrcX to join our mailing list to receive updates and see what we have in store for 2024. Thanks to all of our volunteers, donors, and supporters near and far for making this year such a success. And special thanks to our friends and restoration partners at the Tennessee Central Railway Museum and R. J. Corman Railroad Group for their continued support. Hard to believe it's been 70 years since 576 was saved from the scrapper's torch. It won't be long until the boiler is hot and we get to hear that sweet, melodic voice return to Music City! ... See MoreSee Less