Kentucky steam group to acquire historic cars from the Indiana Transportation Museum

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NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — A Pennsylvania Railroad combine, baggage car, and Louisville & Nashville auxiliary water car are the three latest pieces of rolling stock headed for the Kentucky Steam Heritage Corp., in Ravenna, Ky.

Kentucky Steam Heritage officials are collaborating with Hulcher Services, a railroad mechanical contractor, and CSX Transportation to relocate the three historic railcars from Noblesville, Ind., to eastern Kentucky. The cars were previously part of the Indiana Transportation Museum’s collection in Noblesville.

The cars are former Pennsylvania Railroad Railway Post Office Car No. 6565, Pennsylvania Railroad baggage car No. 9036, and ex-Louisville & Nashville auxiliary water tender No. 220166. The L&N water car was stored offsite, while the two Pennsylvania cars were part of the Noblesville collection.

Hulcher crews recently helped transport the railcars by truck several miles to a nearby CSX rail line where they’re being re-assembled and inspected for shipment by rail.

Chris Campbell, president of the Kentucky Steam Heritage Corp., says the an exact departure date from central Indiana is unknown. A routing for the cars was not indicated either.

Future plans for the railcars include using the Pennsylvania combine as a tool and crew car for steam operations. It has already been retrofitted by the Indiana museum for similar use behind Nickel Plate Road No. 587.

The group also intends to use the auxiliary water car for similar steam operations, including increased operational capacity for Chesapeake & Ohio No. 2716. The water car was originally the tender for L&N No. 1958 before it was retrofitted in 1982 as a water and tool car for Norfolk Southern’s steam program. It was retired by NS in 1988 and donated to the Indiana Transportation Museum shortly thereafter.

The group is still identifying a use for the former Pennsylvania Railroad baggage car.

More information is available online. 

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