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
The drivers are off to the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum!! You know, for as many times as these wheels have been to Chattanooga, this is the first time they’re going via I-24…Thanks again to project sponsor Clark Crane, LLC for their help loading up and hauling off the driver wheels this morning! #SteamTheStripe ...
4 days ago
We're doing a bit of Summer cleaning during this week's #TechTuesday! Nearly seven decades of dirt and grime certainly took it's toll on the engine and trailing trucks. We are so thankful for our volunteers who are willing to put their clean clothes on the line to scrape and needle scale the muck away so we can begin inspections. Sign up for the NSPS mailing list at bit.ly/3ziQOfi for even more updates on all things 576! #SteamTheStripe ...
2 weeks ago
Nashville Steam would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Wally Pilkinton. Wally served as the president of the NC&StL Railway Preservation Society and was a longtime supporter of No. 576, advocating for it its relocation and restoration long before NSPS formed in 2016. We will miss our visits with him and his unending positive attitude. As his son recently said, Wally didn't derail but switched tracks to the next life waiting for him. Please join us in offering thoughts and prayers to the Pilkinton family during this time. ...