Mammoet has successfully completed the transport of the historic No. 576 steam locomotive from its previous location in Nashville’s Centennial Park in Tennessee, USA to live rail where it will receive additional servicing.
Mammoet’s crews jacked the 180 ton train and secured it to 12 axles lines of PST trailers, followed by the jacking of a 65 ton tender, which was placed on a Broshuis 9 axle trailer. Once secured, both the train and tender completed the successful transport to the live rail approximately 3 km away. This was the first time the train had moved in 65 years. From the live rail it will be pulled to a restoration facility to undergo a complete mechanical overhaul.
Built in 1942, it is the last remaining J-3 class 4-8-4 steam locomotive designed and built by the American Locomotive Company for the Nashville, Chattanooga, & St. Louis Railway (NC&StL). The move is expected to take four to six weeks and restoration could take up to four years to complete. Ultimately, it will be returned to service.
Mammoet has been contracted by the Nashville Steam Preservation Society, whose mission is to preserve history by restoring and operating relevant historic railroad equipment for the purposes of education, tourism and goodwill to and for Metro Nashvilllle.
The historic 576 Steam Engine on Goldhofer trailers