Open house to benefit NC&St.L No. 576 project

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Volunteers work on Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis No. 576, which is on display in a Nashville park.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Nashville Steam Preservation Society is hosting an open house from 4 to 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 13, at Nashville's Centennial Park.

The open house will feature locomotive tours, a night photo session, historic entertainment, vintage automobiles, a silent auction, local food, and family activities.

Proceeds from the venue will benefit the restoration of Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway No. 576. The group is raising money to restore the 4-8-4 "Dixie" type Class J3 locomotive to operating condition. There is no cost to attend.

Built by Alco in 1942, No. 576 is one of the few surviving examples of modern steam in the South. The NC&StL donated the engine to the city of Nashville in September 1953. It has been on outdoor display ever since.

The society wants to move the locomotive to the Tennessee Central Railway Museum on the Nashville & Eastern Railroad east of downtown Nashville, where it will be restored to lead passenger excursions on the railroad.

Society leaders estimate it would take $500,000 to do at least a cosmetic restoration, and up to $3 million and four to five years to do a full rebuild. Members have budgeted another $2 million to build a visitors center.

More information is available online.

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