May 19, 2012. From the Lincoln boyhood home I continued on KY HWY 31E toward New Haven, KY. New Haven is a very small town. Almost as soon as I entered it I saw this sign.
The Kentucky Railroad Museum is a non profit organization dedicated to preserving the heritage of the railroads that ran through Kentucky. It was founded in 1954 in Louisville. New Haven is its 3rd location. They have a viewing shed, a large modern maintenance building with a dirt floor, and lots of track with about 80 pieces of rolling stock. In the last few years they have scrapped some 20 pieces of rolling stock as they were too deteriorated to save.
One of the first things I asked was their photo policy. I was told I could shoot photos of anything they had.
The museum runs a sight seeing train once or twice a day along 22 miles of track through the general area. It is pulled by a relatively modern Santa Fe Diesel locomotive. They have at least 3 steam locomotives, 2 of which have pictures in this post.
Being a non-profit, I suspect they are continually hunting for cash. The deteriorating condition of some of the rolling stock seems to confirm my belief.
One of the first things you see when walking over to the viewing shed is the Chesapeake & Ohio #2716, a large 2-8-4 steam engine built by American Locomotive Company in 1944. It last ran in the 1990’s. Videos of it in operation are on the internet. It really belched out smoke. A maintenance man estimated it would take at least $1 million to get it running again.
Not far behind 2716 is the Louisville & Nashville 770 manufactured by Electro Motive Diesel. It is in very sad shape. All of the glass looks broken out of the cab.
Near both the C&O 2716 & the L&N 770 is what is left of this old passenger car.
Birds have nested inside & behind the broken exterior slats. As I walked by many of them flew out of their nests returning only after I walked on.
I got permission from the maintenance man to go inside the shop. Inside was a real treat, Louisville & Nashville 152, the official locomotive of the State of Kentucky. L&N 152 is a 4-6-2 Pacific Class built by Rogers Locomotive Works in 1905 for a cost of $13,406. Obviously, a dollar went a little further then than now. There is a lot of information about L&N 152 on the internet. It last ran a couple of years ago then was taken off line for boiler issues. It may be getting some attention, but I couldn’t tell for sure.
I decided to get in and out quick because I didn’t know if someone else might come along and trump the maintenance man’s permission. There is a lot of rolling stock out back of the shed, but I didn’t get any shots of it. By the way, these are all hand held with no flash.
Note the bolt stays are all turned back except one.
Near the station, about 100 yards from the maintenance building are two state historical information plaques about L&N 152.
Looking down the track you see this view. I waited for traffic to clear on the street so nothing particularly modern shows in the photo. I wanted a photo that looked like it may have been shot 50 or 60 years ago.
Back at the station & museum building they have this little baggage area. Again, it looks like it could have been shot years ago.
Finally I got a shot of the inside of the station. I was about to shoot through the glass window of the door when one of the employees very kindly invited me into to office area to shoot directly.
Despite a bit of modern communication equipment on the desk the set up looks very old. The area is part display, but is the nerve center of the museum and is in constant use.
Good luck to the museum and the job they do for the public. I hope they are successful preserving, maintaining and improving their rolling stock.
The next post will be from Maker’s Mark Distillery shot later this day.