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!!
The Nashville Steam Preservation Society (NSPS) announced today that it has received a $50,000 “challenge” matching grant from the Candelaria Fund, whereby any donation the group receives through the end of 2017 will be matched one-for-one. In honor of that matching grant coinciding with the 75th Birthday of Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway No. 576, the last remaining J-3 ‘Stripe’ steam locomotive, NSPS is launching the “75 for 75” Campaign.
“We are absolutely honored to have received this generous pledge of support to help put No. 576 back on the rails,” said NSPS President Shane Meador. “While we wanted to recognize the 75th birthday of No. 576, that donation amount is merely a recommendation – any donation, large or small, will help us with this project. Not to mention, each dollar will be matched one-for-one!”
Today, the 576 eagerly sits at Nashville’s Centennial Park in the hopes that it will one day return to service pulling excursion trains and teaching younger generations Tennessee’s rich railroad history and the science behind steam technology. Once the funds for its relocation and restoration are secured, the iconic locomotive will be moved to the Tennessee Central Railway Museum for a complete tear-down, inspection and restoration.
“The 576 is a beloved icon that traveled throughout the South from Memphis over to Nashville and down to Chattanooga and Atlanta,” said NSPS Historian Joey Bryan. “Restoring the last remaining Stripe will serve as a visceral link to the history of the region”
Donations to NSPS will be matched by the Candelara Fund dollar-to-dollar up to $50,000 until December 31, 2017. The NSPS has already raised more than $250,000 of the $500,000 it needs to relocate the locomotive for the tear-down, inspection and restoration. To make a donation, click here.
The ‘Stripe’ No. 576
August 2017 marked the 75th anniversary of No. 576’s construction at the American Locomotive Company’s Schenectady Shops. To mark the occasion, Nashville Steam is launching the “75 for 75” campaign. “The fact that there is still a J-3 in existence is remarkable,” said Joey Bryan, Historian & Preservation Officer for Nashville Steam, “we’re asking anyone that wants to see No. 576 thunder down the high iron once more to donate $75 or one dollar for every year the locomotive has been around. And with the matching grant, any donation will help ensure that the locomotive is around for another 75 years.” Donations will be matched between now and the end of the year. The Candelaria Fund is 501(c)(3) based out of California. They frequently donate to rail preservation efforts across the United States.
The Nashville Steam Preservation Society is hosting a FREE Open House in Nashville’s Centennial Park on October 13 from 4:00 to 9:00 pm. Come on down to the locomotive, just west of the Parthenon on 27th Ave. N., for tours of the train, evening photo sessions, a silent auction, food trucks and more. All proceeds and donations will go towards the restoration of Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Rwy. No. 576 to operate excursions out of downtown Nashville.
The event in brief:
DATE: Friday, October 13
TIME: 4:00-9:00 PM
LOCATION: At the locomotive, just west of the Parthenon on 27th Ave. N. in Centennial Park
- Locomotive tours from 4:00-7:30
- Evening photo session from 8:00-9:30
- Silent auction from 4:00 – 7:00
- Food trucks from 5:00 – 8:00
- Gift shop and tent open the entire time
- And more!
We look forward to meeting y’all soon!
The Nashville Steam Preservation Society (NSPS) has teamed up with AmazonSmile to provide yet another way for you to support Nashville Steam! AmazonSmile is an online retailer operated by Amazon that offers thousands of the same products. The difference is that for every eligible purchase made with AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to NSPS!
Joining AmazonSmile is as simple as could be! Do you have an Amazon account? If not sign up for free at www.amazon.com. To start shopping to support NSPS, click on the link below and select the Nashville Steam Preservation Society as the non-profit organization you want to support.
Now you can continue to support the revival of a Nashville icon while shopping online!
Thank You for Supporting the Nashville Steam Preservation Society!
The Nashville Steam Preservation Society has teamed up with Kroger’s Community Rewards Program to give our members and supporters a new way to donate to the restoration of NC&StL No. 576.
The Kroger Community Rewards Program is a way for you to support NSPS by making purchases with your Kroger Plus card at participating Kroger stores. Once signed up, every purchase you make using the Kroger Plus card, Kroger will donate a portion of your purchase to NSPS. Every quarter, NSPS will receive a check for the purchases made from those who signed up for the program.
Signing up is simple! Here’s how:
- Start by registering for the program at krogercommunityrewards.com.
- Click on Sign In/Register.
- Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering your zip code, click on your favorite store, enter your email address and create a password, and agree to the terms and conditions.
- You will receive an email from Kroger confirming your account. Click on the link in that email to continue.
- Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed.
- Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
- Update or confirm your information.
- Enter NPO number (83099) or type the name “Nashville Steam Preservation Society” into the search box.
- Once you have enrolled, you should see the name “Nashville Steam Preservation Society” on the right hand side of the screen.
By completing these steps you are now well on your way to helping a Nashville icon return to the rails.The Kroger Community Rewards Program to support NSPS is available in the following surrounding locations:
- Bowling Green, Ky
- Hopkinsville, Ky
- Greater Nashville, Tn
- Greater Knoxville, Tn
- Greater Huntsville, Al
- And the areas between those listed above
Remember that in order for each purchase to count you must swipe your Kroger Plus Card or use your phone number at the register!
Make sure to tell your family, friends, and neighbors about this program to also support the restoration of No. 576!