Historic Nashville Train Returning to Union Station for the First Time in 67 Years
Two pieces of Nashville history are scheduled for a long-awaited reunion this weekend.
For the first time in nearly seven decades, the legendary locomotive No. 576, A.K.A. "the Stripe," will roll into Nashville's Union Station on Saturday morning.
"This is the first time the Stripe has been to Union Station since 1952," Nashville Steam Preservation Society communications manager Joey Bryan said in a news release, "we want to celebrate this grand reunion of two local landmarks that helped build Nashville into the city it is today."
As the sole surviving steam locomotive of the Nashville, Chattanooga, and St. Louis Railway, No. 576 was donated to the people of Nashville in 1953. It was displayed in the city's Centennial Park until last month, when Nashville Steam moved the out-of-service train to the Tennessee Central Railway Museum. There, it will undergo a multi-year restoration so it can be used in excursion service. Saturday will be the train's final public appearance before the official restoration begins.
"The response to our campaign to restore No. 576 has been incredible, with visitors coming from across the nation to witness the move," said NSPS President Shane Meador. "We want to be sure that everyone with an interest can be a part of it. This is a chance to see The Stripe back on home rails for the first time in many years, against the historic backdrop of Union Station, as it begins the next chapter of its life in service to our great city."
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From 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, the public is encouraged to be a part of the celebration. Visit NashvilleSteam.org for more information.