|Louisville & Nashville No. 152; Marion, Va.; June 6, 1986|
Louisville & Nashville No. 152 is a Jersey girl, built by the Rogers Locomotive Works in Paterson in 1905, one of 45 Pacifics purchased by the L&N from the builder. Among its reported claims to fame is it powered part of the trip that took Al Capone to Alcatraz. It was retired by the L&N in 1953 and donated to the Kentucky Railway Museum. It returned to service for the museum in 1985, and in June 1986 it was tapped by Norfolk Southern to power a set of trips.
My brother Bruce and I headed south from New Jersey on Friday night, June 5, after work. A nearly all-night drive put us in Bristol on the Virginia-Tennessee border at about 4:00 a.m. We found No. 152 in the yard, and the night hostler was nice enough to turn on the headlight for us for a quick round of night shots. We then slept in the car until daybreak.
|Louisville & Nashville 152; Bristol, Va.; June 6, 1986|
|Louisville & Nashville 152; Marion, Va.; June 6, 1986|
|Louisville & Nashville 152; Dublin, Va.; June 6, 1986|
|Louisville & Nashville 152; Rural Retreat, Va.; June 6, 1986|
|Louisville & Nashville 152; Atkins, Va.; June 6, 1986|
In the years since this trip, No. 152 has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places and was named the Official State Locomotive of Kentucky. It is now the oldest surviving Pacific-type locomotive in the U.S. It was retired from service at the Kentucky Railway Museum in 2011 and faces a future that will largely be determined by the ability to raise a large amount of cash.