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No. 576 Move Out of Centennial Park A Success!

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After months of planning and a week of prep work, Nashville Steam completed the relocation of No. 576 from Centennial Park to the Nashville & Western Railroad without a hitch. More than a thousand people came out to watch the historic move in person and thousands more watched online thanks to the Trains Magazine live stream. The move to the railroad was anticipated to take about three to four hours. However, thanks to the efficiency of the army of utility workers leapfrogging one another to ensure the locomotive cleared all the traffic lights and overhead wires, the move took less than two hours. We would like to sincerely thank the Mammoet heavy-lifting company and everyone who ensured a fast and safe relocation.

NSPS volunteers are working hard to prepare the locomotive for the upcoming tow across town to the Tennessee Central Railway Museum. So far, the main rods have been removed, the side rods cleaned and serviced, the draw bar and safety bar reinstalled, and new brake hoses applied. Soon the locomotive and tender will be reconnected so we can begin testing the new braking system. We have been working with CSX to find a time slot to tow the locomotive across town. It will more than likely happen on a weekend in early March. We will release updates here on our website and on the Nashville Steam Facebook page as plans are finalized.

No. 576 to Depart Park Tomorrow Between 8am and 9am

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    The time of departure has been modified to allow more daylight for the move out of Centennial Park. Crews will arrive at 7am on Sunday, January 13th and the move out of the park will begin between 8am and 9am. Please note that because of the machinery involved and coordinating with the various utility companies the time is subject to change. The move will happen rain or shine. The only potential weather delays would be for ice or severe storms. Currently there is a chance of rain for Sunday morning. Follow our social media pages for the latest updates on the move out of the park (Links Below).
     If you are unable to attend or wish to stay warm at home, our friends at Trains Magazine will be streaming the move live on their Facebook page. (Link Below) You do not need a Facebook account to watch the live feed. We will also be posting photos and videos of the move on our website and Facebook page.
    Mammoet and Nashville Steam crews have been working hard this week to ensure No. 576 is loaded safely and efficiently. No. 576 rolled out of the shed with ease thanks to the Timken roller bearings and the dedication of the Nashville Shop employees who prepared the locomotive for long term display back in 1953. Their care and admiration for the locomotive is clearly evident today. Not long now ’til No. 576 is on the road to restoration!
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Relocation of No. 576 Begins, Trains Magazine to Livestream Sunday’s Move

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Moving crews from Mammoet arrived on Monday to begin setting up equipment and installing temporary track in front of No. 576. The locomotive will be pulled from the shed and then lifted using jacks and gantries. It will then be loaded onto a multi-axle, self-propelled trailer built specifically for heavy hauls. The public is welcome to come watch the loading but must watch from behind the safety fencing.

For those unable to attend the historic move on Sunday, Trains Magazine will be livestreaming the event on their Facebook page. Continue to check our Facebook and social media pages as well for more updates, photos, and videos. Links are below.

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Locomotive Move Safety Rules and Route Map

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Nashville Steam No. 576 Relocation
Rules For Public Viewing

Just like you, we are thrilled that No. 576 is leaving her longtime home of Centennial Park for restoration! This is a once in a lifetime event that thousands of people have dreamed of. We understand the excitement but please remember that this is a major project that requires constant attention and precise engineering. The crews have enough to think about without having to worry about people being in the wrong place. SAFETY IS PARAMOUNT. Follow these rules to ensure No. 576 leaves the park timely and everyone goes home safe and sound:

  • Under no circumstances is anyone allowed on CSX or Nashville & Western Railroad property
  • Stay back from the defined working area at least 300 feet
  • The public is allowed to watch the loading of the locomotive from designated viewing areas in the park
  • Do NOT cross any designated boundaries or established barriers
  • Do NOT follow the locomotive on its way down the move route
  • Do NOT trespass on private property
  • Respect all local laws and law enforcement officers
  • Picture taking is welcomed and encouraged, but always be vigilant of your surroundings
  • Alternative methods to watch the move from home are in development, details to follow
  • Do not walk or bicycle on the road within 300 feet of the locomotive
  • Be aware of utility crews and equipment raising utility lines and traffic signals to allow the locomotive to pass below.
  • Viewing from the sidewalk is permissible along the route.

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No. 576 to Leave Centennial Park on January 13th!

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The Nashville Steam Preservation Society Announces the Relocation Of
Historic Steam Locomotive No. 576 Out of Centennial Park For Restoration
Will Happen On Sunday, January 13, 2019.

  • 576 has been on display in Centennial Park since 1953.  
  • The locomotive will move from Centennial Park to the Nashville & Western Railroad. 
  • The restoration of the landmark locomotive will take approximately four years and $1.5 to 2 million. 
  • 576 to pull excursions on the Nashville & Eastern Railroad.

The Nashville Steam Preservation Society (NSPS) announced today that former Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway (NC&StL) steam locomotive No. 576 will make its long anticipated move from Centennial Park and back to live rails on Sunday, January 13, 2019. This effort is the culmination of more than two years of fundraising and volunteer labor, and it will be accomplished by hauling the locomotive and tender nearly two miles down some of the busiest streets in Nashville on specially-equipped, multi-wheeled trailers. The move of No. 576 will enable NSPS to undertake an in-depth, multi-year overhaul to return the locomotive to operational condition, after which point it will pull excursion trains for the general public on the Nashville & Eastern Railroad, between Nashville and easterly communities including Lebanon, Watertown and Cookeville.

The steam locomotive was manufactured in 1942 to aid in the war effort, and it spent ten years hauling trains for the NC&StL Railway where it served as a steam-producing, music-inspiring, passenger-carrying, history-making locomotive that connected musicians to Music City. In 1953, No. 576 was moved to Nashville’s Centennial Park where it served as a static relic of the past and backdrop for countless family photos.

“Following its donation to Nashville, No. 576 continued with a new purpose, giving our young visitors a sense of history and our seasoned visitors a sense of nostalgia,” explained Metro Parks Director, and NSPS Advisor, Monique Odom. “We are excited to see the progress made by NSPS over the past few years, and we look forward to the day, sometime soon, when Nashvillians and tourists alike can board a train behind No. 576.”

A Tedious and Labor-Intensive Process

“Metro Nashville, Metro Parks and the railroads have been a big help to us in coordinating the logistics of this monumental task, and our hard working volunteers have invested more than 8,000 hours preparing the locomotive for this day” said Shane Meador, NSPS President. “We want to share this special move with the general public, and all are invited to come out and watch.”

“With that said, moving massive machinery requires constant vigilance, and safety is our top priority. Spectators should stay at least 300 feet away from the locomotive and stay behind all established barriers,” added Meador.

NSPS is fortunate to have the expert support, and generous sponsorship, of Mammoet, a global leader in engineered heavy lifting and transport, to move the locomotive by a special multi-wheeled transporter from Centennial Park to the Nashville & Western Railroad where it will be unloaded onto live rails for the first time since 1953.

“We are honored to be able to assist in returning this artifact to life,” explained Mammoet Manager Dave Johnson. “Our Team will work diligently to ensure the locomotive is transported safely from Centennial Park to the Nashville & Western Railroad.”

Once No. 576 is delivered to the Nashville & Western Railroad (NWRR), NSPS crews will spend four-to-six weeks preparing the locomotive for its four-mile rail journey across town. The locomotive will be towed on its own wheels from the NWRR to sister railroad Nashville & Eastern Railroad (NERR), by CSX Transportation, the third largest railroad in North America and successor company to the NC&StL. It will then be moved to the restoration facility at the Tennessee Central Railway Museum.

“Climb Aboard 576!” to build upon NSPS’ early fundraising success

In just over two years, NSPS has raised more than $500,000 to cover the cost of moving the locomotive from Centennial Park to the restoration facility and to kick start the mechanical restoration. An additional $1.5 to $2 million will be required to finalize the restoration and cover initial operating costs of the locomotive.

To coincide with this move, NSPS is excited to announce receipt of a $200,000 Challenge Grant from the Candelaria Fund, kicking off “Climb Aboard 576!”, the next phase of fundraising for the mechanical overhaul of the locomotive. NSPS is seeking additional donations to support this restoration and looks forward to having the chance to pull thousands of people on special excursions departing downtown Nashville.

About Locomotive No. 576

Steam locomotive No. 576 was built for the Nashville, Chattanooga, & St. Louis Railway in 1942 by the American Locomotive Company. The locomotive arrived just in time for the war effort and hauled troop and supply trains throughout the southeast. No. 576 operated in revenue service for 10 years and was then donated to the people of Nashville. The locomotive was dedicated in Centennial Park on September 30, 1953 and has called the park home ever since.

Though it racked up many hundreds of thousands of miles, No. 576 only served the railroad for 10 years, being retired in 1952 as the railroad converted from steam to diesel-electric locomotives. Thanks to the hard work of many Nashvillians, though, No. 576 was saved from the scrapper’s torch and moved to Centennial Park in 1953.

Since its retirement to the park, No. 576 has appeared on the cover of several magazines and albums over the years, serving as a backdrop to some of Nashville’s finest musicians, including Johnny Cash and Hank Snow. NSPS is thrilled to have the chance to “un-retire” No. 576 and bring it back to life for all to enjoy.

Nashville Steam Preservation Society

The Nashville Steam Preservation Society formed in 2015 to preserve and celebrate the artifacts of Nashville’s rail heritage. NSPS secured an agreement with the Metro Nashville in August 2016 to lease the locomotive with the intention to restore and operate the steam locomotive for special excursions out of downtown Nashville. NSPS is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation.

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Nashville Steam Receives $200,000 Grant, Kicks Off “Climb Aboard 576” Campaign

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Nashville Steam Preservation Society announces its plan to relocate and restore The Stripe — the Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis No. 576 Steam Locomotive

  • The Nashville railroad icon will be relocated from Centennial Park to Nashville & Western Railroad by early 2019 to begin its restoration journey
  • Candelaria Fund awards a $200,000 Challenge Grant and kicks off “Climb Aboard 576”, phase two of an ambitious fundraising campaign
  • Over $500,000 was raised to move the 576 from Centennial Park.
    Another $1.5 million to $2 million is needed for restoration and operations.

For 65 years, the Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway Steam Locomotive No. 576 sat cold and static in Music City’s Centennial Park waiting for its chance to return to service.

Today, the Nashville Stream Preservation Society (NSPS) announced that No. 576 won’t have to wait much longer. The all-volunteer organization laid out its plans to restore and operate the locomotive made famous by the music it inspired.

“No. 576 is on the road to revival to once again serve as a coal-fired, steam-powered operational locomotive,” said Shane Meador, NSPS president and the project’s chief mechanical officer. “The locomotive will grace the high iron with its vibrant and soulful rhythm that have inspired so many.”

Known as the “Stripe,” the locomotive is the last remaining J-3 class 4-8-4 steam locomotive designed and built by the American Locomotive Company for the Nashville, Chattanooga, & St. Louis Railway (NC&StL).

The locomotive was built in 1942 and retired after 10 years of service. It was saved from the scrappers torch and moved to Centennial Park in 1953.

The NSPS’ hope is that the restoration of the locomotive will celebrate Nashville’s musical roots, add to Nashville’s vibrant tourism industry, and help younger generations imagine careers in technical trades such as welding, machining, and mechanical comprehension.

“The entire restoration will be open to the public,” Meador said. “We want people who visited No. 576 in the park to come out and watch the process step by step. That’s how you awaken the imagination of things to come.”

No. 576 to move from Centennial Park by early 2019
The big move will be followed by the disassembly and rebuilding of the locomotive

Mammoet, a global market leader in engineered heavy lifting and transport, will move No. 576 from Centennial Park later this year to the NWR where it will undergo inspections to ensure the braking system is working order.

It will then be towed to the restoration facility for disassembly, inspection, and rebuilding. Every piece on the locomotive will need to be inspected and serviced.

The move from Centennial Park to its restoration facility will take between four to six weeks, Meador said. “This is a tedious and precise process,” Meador said. “We are working with Metro Parks, the City of Nashville, and the railroad to find a date when the initial move out of the park can occur.”

It will take approximately 4 years to restore the locomotive to meet strict Federal-mandated operational requirements, Meador said.

Candelaria Fund awards a $200,000 Challenge Grant

The grant kicks off Climb Aboard 576, phase two of NSPS’ ambitious fundraising campaign

The NSPS also announced a $200,000 Challenge Grant from the Candelaria Fund, kicking off “Climb Aboard 576!”, the next phase of its ambitious fundraising goals.

NSPS raised over $500,000 to move the locomotive from Centennial Park to the restoration facility. Another $1.5 to $2 million is needed for the locomotive’s restoration and operations, Meador said.

Climb Aboard 576! will build upon NSPS’ early fundraising success. Meador reports that donations from 36 US states and two foreign countries have fueled the organization’s early fundraising success. “We’ve had incredible support so far,” Meador said. “Our donors recognize the history, lore, and potential of Nashville’s railroad icon.”

From Blues to Gospel: No. 576 was made famous by the music it inspired

The Nashville, Chattanooga, and St. Louis Railway No. 576 pulled the trains that brought the musicians to Nashville. The NC&STL connected Nashville to the Memphis blues and Atlanta Gospel. “The NC&StL brought the musicians that gave Nashville its sound,” said Joey Bryan, Communications Manager for Nashville Steam.

The 576 has appeared on several magazine covers, and album covers over the years alongside some of Nashville’s finest musicians, including Johnny Cash and Hank Snow.

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