With a new rail line to showcase for tourists the museum set to restore its #152. Restoration of the locomotive came with grant money from the Brown Foundation and the National Park Service and after thirteen years of hard work the locomotive was under steam in the late summer of 1985. To carry passengers the museum then acquired a small fleet of coaches. Today, the Kentucky Railway Museum sees over 40,000 annual tourists and built a replica L&N brick depot that had once stood in New Haven. Along with its rebuilt depot the museum also now has a 5,000 square foot building to house historic artifacts.
Preserved Locomotives At The Kentucky Railway Museum
Chesapeake & Ohio Class K-4 2-8-4 "Kanawha' #2716 (Built by Alco's Schenectady Works in 1943.)
Louisville Cement 0-4-0T+T #11 (39.5-inch gauge. Built by Vulcan Iron Works in 1923.)
Louisville & Nashville Class K-2a 4-6-2 #152 (Under restoration. Built by the Rogers Locomotive & Machine Works in 1905. Designated as the official steam locomotive of Kentucky.)
Republic Steel Corporation 0-8-0 #285 (Built as Louisville & Nashville #2152 by Alco's Richmond Works in 1925.)
U.S. Army 0-6-0T #5002 (Manufactured by the H.K. Porter Company in 1942.)
Monon Railroad BL2 #32 (Built in 1948 by Electro-Motive.)
Santa Fe CF7 #2546 (Built by Electro-Motive in 1950 as F7A #229-L. Rebuilt by AT&SF's Cleburne Shops in 1973 as CF7 #2546.)
A visit to the Kentucky Railway Museum is well worth the time, if for nothing else than to see their collection of rare locomotives, both steam and diesel (their diesel collection includes a BL2, a Fairbanks-Morse H-12-44, and Baldwin switchers, just to name a few). Aside from its motive power KRM also has a small collection of preserved rolling stock which includes the following: Southern Railway coach-lounge #854 built in 1950 by Pullman-Standard, Chesapeake & Ohio coach #1616 built by Pullman in 1950, Louisville & Nashville coach #2554 built for the Clinchfield in 1925, Louisville & Nashville coach #2572 built for the Clinchfield in 1927, Missouri-Kansas-Texas coach #844 built in 1930, and British Columbia Railway diner Alta Lake manufactured in 1949.
|L&N 4-6-2 #152 simmering beside Chesapeake & Ohio Class K-4 2-8-4 #2716. The "Kanawha" sits on static display and was built by Alco in 1943.|
Today, #152 is not operational as it is undergoing yet another restoration and overhaul. All of their rides are pulled by the only locomotive currently operational; former Santa Fe CF7 #2546. It was originally built as F7A #229-L in 1950. It was overhauled during one of the AT&SF's successful rebuild programs in the late 1960s, which saw several aging "covered wagons" given new life with various upgrades including a new cab and carbody for a more traditional road-switcher appearance. The KRM's excursions run three days each week and they host several specials for the holidays such as Easter Bunny trains,murder mysteries, train robberies, Halloween trips, visits from Thomas The Tank Engine, and Christmas excursions. In addition they offer group events, caboose rides, dinner trains, field trips for the kids, and other activities. For more information about the Kentucky Railway Museum please visit their website by clicking here.
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