–March 28, 2021 Update – During Thursday’s afternoon storms, a large section of roof from a neighboring building crashed through the upper wall of the Nashville Steam shop facility. There were three people working at the time of the storm and thankfully no one was injured. Surplus rail equipment parked on the southern side of the shop facility protected the lower wall and prevented further damage to the shop and our equipment and tools. No. 576, though dirtier, is undamaged from the storm and debris. The additional severe weather over the weekend has delayed cleanup of the shop but those efforts will resume next week. As of today nearly $12,000 has been donated towards the repairs of the facility and equipment.
The Tennessee Central Railway Museum suffered significant roof damage to their historic main building. The roof on the rear section, which serves as meeting space and a waiting area for their excursion passengers, was dislodged and will more than likely require several months of repair work. The building dates to 1920 and originally served as the master mechanic’s office for the Tennessee Central Railroad. It is only one of a few original structures left from the Tennessee Central. Nashville Steam is committed to helping our friends and restoration partners rebuild during this difficult time.
In order to rapidly recover from this loss, we’re asking for donations to repair the building and replace damaged equipment while we work with our insurance provider and assess further damage. You can use the form below to quickly donate online to assist in this recovery.
You can also click here to donate to the Tennessee Central Railway Museum as they assess damage to their shop and historic structure.