Wasatch Railroad Contractors wins bid to cosmetically restore L&N 0-8-0

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CORBIN, Ky. — A Kentucky tourism commission says it wants Wasatch Railroad Contractors to cosmetically restore a historic steam locomotive and caboose consist for display this year.

The Corbin Tourism Commission members voted unanimously recently to select Wasatch's bid to restore Louisville & Nashville 0-8-0 No. 2132 and L&N steel bay window caboose No. 30, the Corbin News Journal reported.

Plans call for the display to be ready in time for the NIBROC (Corbin spelled backwards) Festival in August that features open-air concerts, carnival attractions, a beauty pageant, parade, and other events.

According to the proposal submitted by Wasatch, the cost to refurbish the equipment is $294,224 and will take approximately four months to complete. The cost break down is $159,550 for the locomotive, $61,750 for the tender, and $72,724 for the caboose.

Along with NIBROC Festival, the refurbished display would serve as the backdrop for the L&N Railroad Historical Society’s Convention scheduled for Sept. 20-23 in Corbin. Last July, the society provided $5,000 to help kick-start the restoration of the 0-8-0 and caboose.

No. 2132, a class C-1, is one of three former L&N steam locomotives still in existence and was built in the L&N’s South Louisville Shops in 1922. The other two are L&N 4-6-2 No. 152, and another 0-8-0, Richmond Locomotive Works-built No. 2152, both at the Kentucky Railway Museum in New Haven, Ky. Of 400 steam locomotives built at South Louisville Shops between 1905 and 1923, it is the only one left. It was sold by the L&N to a Florida power plant at Sneeds in 1951, and was later put on display in Bainbridge, Ga.

Wasatch Railroad Contractors moved the locomotive and caboose from Bainbridge to Corbin in 2016.

Kriebel said of eight companies that were contacted about the project, only Wasatch and Steam Operations Corp. submitted proposals.

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