There are a plethora of classic train songs in the country, bluegrass and folk music catalogs. Some high profile music artists like Dolly Parton, Keith Urban and Brad Pailey call Nashville home. If we can inspire some of them to do an all train song concert here in Music City to benefit this project, we could raise the funds for a quicker restoration. I was told today by one of the mechanical volunteers that the results of a preliminary ultrasound of the boiler showed excellent thickness, and when the cylinder valves were pulled, they were coated with viable lubrication. This engine was well preserved, and with a thorough overhaul and replacement of components as needed will steam again!
Tinplate Art posted:
Perhaps, it is a matter of local pride as the NC&StL was a predessor road of the L&N, and now the CSX.
Though this may appear as nit picking considering the topic, but NC&StL and L&N were more correctly competitors. Sure NC&StL was first in Nashville (1848-50), but L&N, which started in 1850 (Louisville) had completed track to Nashville by 1859, about the same time NC&StL finished track to Chattanooga.
And yes, I can see Nashville enthusiasts take pride in the NC&StL. I firmly support the enthusiasm for the restoration of #576. Art, thanks for the updates!
(BTW, L&N and NC&StL are the only two railroads that I model in O-Gauge [year:1954])
By way of full disclosure: My obvious passion for the 576 project goes back decades, and I was directly involved in two previous efforts to restore the 576. Back in the early 1980's, Bill Purdue, then Master Mechanic, Steam for the Southern Railway, inquired about the possibility of bringing the 576 to the Birmingham Steam Shop in Irondale to be restored as part of the Southern Steam Program. Mr. Purdie and his team even came to Nashville for a cursory inspection of the engine. Some influential Nashvillians, who ironically were also train fans, vigorously opposed the move akin to "stealing our locomotive", and sadly nothing was done. The second attempt involved a wealthy Belle Meade friend who wanted to get a group of investor friends to back the restoration. The timing could not have been worse, as the horrificly devastating Haitian earthquake occurred halfway into the effort, and all our potential investor funds understandably were diverted to charitable donations towards disaster relief. So, in light of our past frustrating efforts, our present success is very heartening and also personal!