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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576’s new dancing shoes are coming along quite nicely down in Chattanooga thanks to the hard work of FMW Solutions and the good folks at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. They should be back in place later this year! #SteamTheStripe ... See MoreSee Less
Let there be light! We had some fun with 576's fully repaired dynamo generator during Saturday's open house by letting it do what it does best, make electricity! Like the other locomotive applicances, the dynamo is steam-powered but for this demonstration we revved it up using shop air. Note the 576 whistle simulator making a cameo performance in the background. Just a sneak peak of the many sounds No. 576 will make in a few years! #TechTuesday ... See MoreSee Less