On Friday October 13th, The Nashville Steam Preservation Society hosted an Open House in honor of Nashville, Chattanooga, & St. Louis Railway steam locomotive No. 576’s 75th birthday. No. 576 was built in 1942 by the American Steam Locomotive Company and arrived in Nashville just in time for the war effort. The Open House was an all out 1940s bash with the locomotive dressed up to its revenue service appearance. The highlight of the event was the performance by the Moonlighters Big Band ensemble, taking everyone in attendance back to a bygone era. More than a thousand people walked around the plaza and toured the locomotive’s cab. An additional fan favorite was the occasional blast of No. 576’s original whistle. With the help of a large air compressor, the voice of the NC&StL ‘Stripes’ echoed through the streets of west Nashville after a 60-year hiatus. Thank you to all who attended and everyone who made the event a huge success!!
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3 days ago
What will it be like to have our very own operating steam locomotive? Volunteers Stephen Hook and Jim Painter recently spent time aboard Nickel Plate Road no. 765 to learn servicing, firing, and even spent a little time at the throttle! We're grateful to our friends at the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society for an educational trip and look forward to sharing more from their journey in the next Road to Revival episode this Wednesday! Subscribe on YouTube to see it there first: www.youtube.com/c/NashvilleSteam ... See MoreSee Less
2 weeks ago
Meanwhile, back in Chattanooga...FMW Solutions removed all of the steel tires from the driver wheels for inspection and repairs to the wheels. Each driver wheel is equipped with a steel ring, known as a "tire," that could be removed for repairs and extended the overall longevity of the wheel. So far, we have determined that at least two of the tires will need to be replaced. Special thanks to the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum for use of their machinery including the always fun tire heating ring!! #TechTuesday #SteamTheStripe ... See MoreSee Less
3 weeks ago
Nashville Steam is thrilled to announce our new W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Co. product line! We are so grateful to their design professionals for creating our first 576 themed pocket knife. It sold out in record time but don't worry, we’re already hard at work on the next one!Thanks to Case®, we’ve been given the rare opportunity to offer several limited production knives. The Pocket Worn Antique Bone family features the classic, timeless Peach Seed feel and appearance. Order yours now at www.nashvillesteam.org/product-category/case-knives/. Better hurry, they won't last long! #SteamTheStripe ... See MoreSee Less