NC&StL Locomotive 576 – Centennial Park, Nashville, Tennessee
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Sneakin Deacon
N 36° 09.009 W 086° 48.946
16S E 516572 N 4000618
Quick Description: This Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Locomotive #576 is located in Nashville’s Centennial Park.
Location: Tennessee, United States
Date Posted: 2/2/2008 4:01:14 PM
Waymark Code: WM336A
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member S5280ft
Views: 127

Long Description:
In 1930 the Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railroad bought five 4-8-4 locomotives from the American Locomotive Company. These “Dixie” Locomotives as they were called were designated Class J-2 and assigned numbers 565 through 569 and weighed 381,000 pounds.

In 1942 and 1943, another 20, Class J-3 Locomotives were purchased and assigned numbers 570-589. These locomotives were almost exactly identical to the Class J-2 except the J-3’s weighed 400,500 ponds.

The only surviving Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Dixie Locomotive is number 576 and it is located in Nashville’s Centennial Park. The 576 was considered for the Southern Railway Steam Program in the mid-1970’s but due to an outcry from those in the Nashville Area the 576 remained in Nashville. The 576 was also considered for a new steam excursion program by the Seaboard System/Clinchfield Railroad in the 1970s. They had operated excursions for some time powered by their tiny, ancient 4-6-0 #1 (with two "B" unit diesels behind) and wanted to upgrade to a "proper" steam locomotive. Bill Purdie once again may have assisted with the inspections. Nashville again decided that they didn't want their engine to leave the city, so the Clinchfield folks went up to Kentucky and leased the C&O 2716. It was pulled down to Marion, NC to a siding for restoration. They slowly worked on it for about 6 months, when their whole excursion program fell through, and the engine was sent back to Kentucky. Eventually, the Southern did lease it, overhaul it, and operated it for about 2/3s of a season. Meanwhile, the folks in Nashville changed their mind and offered the 576 to the Clinchfield but it was too late and the 576 has remained on display in Nashville’s Centennial Park.
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