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NSPS Announces ’80 for 80′ Campaign to Mark 576’s 80th Birthday

By August 17, 2022Fundraising

NC&StL No. 576 Turns 80!
NSPS Launches ’80 for 80′ Campaign to
Finish 2022 Matching Grant

First 80 People to Donate $80 Will Receive Limited Edition Challenge Coin


Nashville’s own No. 576 turns 80 years old this month. No. 576, along with the other J-3 Class steam locomotives rolled out of the American Locomotive Company’s factory in Schenectady, New York in August of 1942. The ten brand new steam locomotives made their way south and officially entered service on August 18th. There was no time for fanfare for the new equipment as the entire country was mobilizing to enter World War II and No. 576 was needed to haul troop and supply trains. No 576 operated for ten years on the Nashville, Chattanooga, & St. Louis Railway and was then placed in Centennial Park for nearly 70 years.

To celebrate this anniversary, Nashville Steam is proud to announce the “80 for 80” campaign where all donations of $80 will be matched through the end of August to help finish the 2022 Matching Grant Challenge. “With the City of Nashville changing at a rapid pace, it’s important to remember and celebrate the local landmarks that have endured through the change,” said NSPS Communications Manager Joey Bryan, “we are very close to hitting our 2022 matching challenge and this campaign celebrates 576’s history while helping ensure it’s future encore.” As a bonus, the first 80 people who donate $80 will receive a limited edition challenge coin. “The front of the coin depicts 576 leaving the ALCO factory in Schenectady, New York in her as-built “Yellow Jacket” appearance and the reverse side celebrates 80 years of existence using the iconic Boxpok driver wheel as the zero,” Bryan said. See the coin design below. Donate today and help us celebrate this very important mile post in the life of No. 576!

Donations towards the “80 for 80” Campaign can be made here: