Work begins on L&N 4-6-2 No. 152 restoration

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Volunteer Jimmy Zickel works inside the smokebox of No. 152.
Kentucky Railway Museum
NEW HAVEN, Ky. – Volunteers at the Kentucky Railway Museum have begun the initial teardown of Louisville & Nashville 4-6-2 No. 152 in preparation for its 1472-day inspection. The work, required by the Federal Railroad Administration, came due in spring 2012, necessitating the temporary retirement of the locomotive.

Removal of components will continue, and museum official expect to undertake an engineering evaluation in mid 2015, which will determine the full scope of what will needs to be done to the boiler and running gear.

The target for completion of the restoration is mid-2017, assuming funding is in place. The museum’s board of directors, members, and friends have pledged and donated to funding this significant undertaking, but the participation of a broad group of investors and supporters in needed to get the locomotive back in service.

No. 152 is one of only three remaining L&N steam locomotives, and is one of two at the Kentucky museum. It was built 1905 by Rogers Locomotive Works and operated in passenger service until retirement 1953. L&N donated it to the fledgling Kentucky Railway Museum in 1957, the first major piece of equipment owned by the group.

Volunteers previously restored the locomotive to operation over a 13-year period, first firing it up in 1985. The locomotive was used on mainline excursions from 1986 through 1988. Since 1990 it has operated on the museum’s 17-mile remnant of the former L&N Lebanon Branch.

The locomotive last operated in fall 2011.

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