C&O 2716 move begins Friday; here's what you need to know

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C&O 2-8-4 No. 2716's move to restoration begins Friday.
Kentucky Steam Heritage Corp.
The 75-year-old former Chesapeake & Ohio steam locomotive which has called the Kentucky Railway Museum its home for the past six decades is ready to be moved to is new home.

Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation, CSX, and R.J. Corman Railroad Group will move C&O 2-8-4 Kanawha No. 2716 beginning on Friday from the Kentucky Railway Museum at New Haven, Ky., to Kentucky Steam’s planned Heritage Center at CSX’s former Ravenna Yard at Irvine, Ky. The move is planned to take three days and will include several coinciding events, including a street festival in Midway, Ky., and an event outside of a brewery in Lexington, where a new beer brewed in honor of the 2716 will be released.

At 10 a.m. Friday, the 2716, along with an attached excursion train, will be towed from KRM by the famed former Clinchfield Railroad EMD F7 No. 800 to the museum’s connection with CSX at Lebanon Junction, Ky. The excursion, dubbed the “Heritage Highball,” will be operated by KRM and Kentucky Steam on that portion of the trip only. Once at Lebanon Junction, the 800 and 2716, along with cars specifically for the locomotive move to Ravenna, will cut off from the excursion train and the excursion will return to KRM under diesel power from the museum. The 2716 and its train will continue on and travel along the CSX Main Line Subdivision to Louisville where it will connect with R.J. Corman and travel via the former C&O Old Road Subdivision to Frankfort, Ky., where the locomotive will be displayed outside the Old Capital Building from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

On Saturday, the train will arrive at Midway, Ky., at 9:45 a.m. and the 2716 will be on display during a portion of the town’s “Heritage Day” celebration, a street festival planned specifically to celebrate the locomotive’s move and eventual restoration. The train will depart Midway at 1:15 p.m. and will arrive at Manchester Street in Lexington 75 minutes later. A three-hour event celebrating No. 2716 and a new beer brewed in its honor, the “Back on Track Steam Beer,” will begin at 3 p.m.

On Sunday, No. 2716 and its train will depart Lexington for Winchester, Ky., at 9:15 a.m. and will interchange with CSX at 11 a.m. before departing for Ravenna. The train is expected to arrive at Veterans Memorial Park in Ravenna at 3:30 p.m. and will be on display until 5 p.m.

The move is in anticipation of the restoration of 2716 to running order. Kentucky Steam plans to establish an educational and a multi-use facility on the former Ravenna Yard grounds, with 2716 — for which the group has entered into a long-term lease agreement from KRM — as its centerpiece. The group plans to operate the 75-year-old locomotive at the facility.

For more information, visit, www.kentuckysteam.org.

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