Nashville steam society names advisory board

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The Nashville Steam Preservation Society has added an advisory committee to its effort to restore NC&St.L No. 576 in Centennial Park.
The Nashville Steam Preservation Society announced the formation of an advisory committee that will guide the organization as it restores the Nashville Chattanooga and St. Louis 4-8-4 No. 576 Steam Locomotive to operational service.

The advisory committee draws its membership from Nashville and beyond and represents the business, marketing, legal, and railroading industries.

“Restoring No. 576 is an ambitious project that involves expertise from a wide range of professions,” says Shane Meador, president of Nashville Steam Preservation Society. “Our advisory committee will help to guide operations as we raise funds, restore the locomotive, build a maintenance and display facility and operate excursions on the Nashville and Eastern Railroad.”

The Advisory Committee includes:
• Wick Moorman, co-chair; retired president, chairman and CEO, Norfolk Southern Corp., and Amtrak
• Richard Tower, co-chair; retired Amtrak District Superintendent; President, The Candelaria Fund
• Bill Purcell, Former Mayor, Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, and founding Partner at Farmer Purcell White & Lassiter, PLLC.
• Monique Odom, director, Metro Nashville Parks and Recreation
• Bill Drunsic, retired president, Nashville & Eastern Railroad
• Jim Wrinn, editor, Trains Magazine
• Doyle McCormack, president, Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation / SP 4449
• Mark Hinsdale, retired Assistant Vice President Network Strategy, CSX
• Bill Ozier, retired attorney at Nashville’s Bass, Berry, and Sims PLC
• Dr. Mike Hartshorne, president, New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society
• Hank Sherwood, retired creative director at GS&F Marketing Firm

“This effort has a lot of potential. The members that comprise the large group of volunteers leading this project are both talented and committed,” says co-chair Rich Tower, “and it’s clear that Nashville enthusiastically supports the restoration of this significant part of its history.” The Advisory Committee will help guide NSPS using their varied experiences with other, similar endeavors. “The caliber of professionals on our Advisory Committee is a testament to the commitment and caliber of the Nashville Steam Preservation Society Team,” Meador says. “We strongly believe that with the progress we have made to date, and the quality of the people involved, the restoration of No. 576 will be a credit to the city of Nashville.”

Steam locomotive No. 576 was built for the Nashville, Chattanooga, & St. Louis Railway in 1942 by the American Locomotive Co. The locomotive arrived just in time for the war effort and hauled troop and supply trains throughout the southeast. No. 576 operated in revenue service for 10 years and was then donated to the people of Nashville. The locomotive was dedicated in Centennial Park on Sept. 30, 1953 and has called the park home ever since.
The Nashville Steam Preservation Society formed in 2015 to preserve and celebrate the artifacts of Nashville’s rail heritage. NSPS secured an agreement with the City of Nashville in August 2016 to lease steam locomotive No. 576 with the intention to restore and operate the steam locomotive for special excursions out of downtown Nashville. NSPS is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation.

Source: NSPS press release

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