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Nashville Steam Preservation Society (NSPS)

Mission Statement

The mission of the NASHVILLE STEAM PRESERVATION SOCIETY is to preserve our history by restoring and operating relevant historic railroad equipment for the purposes of education, tourism, and goodwill to and for METRO NASHVILLE.


The restoration of Locomotive 576 to operation will serve as a visceral link to the history of Nashville and honor those who make the region great. The locomotive was designed in Nashville and has called the Music City home since delivery from the factory in 1942.

The next step: fund raising...

Nashville Steam Preservation Society website

No. 576 has been moved to the Tennessee Central Railway Museum and will only be viewable by the public during guided tours. Dates are still being finalized and will be announced soon.

March 9, 2019: 576 on display at Nashville Union Station

January 13, 2019: Moved Engine 576 out of Centennial Park. Lots of video on the Nashville Steam FaceBook Page

August 2, 2016: Second reading of proposal at Nashville Metro City Council. Proposal accepted.

July 19, 2016: 6:30 pm - Proposal to lease, restore and operate 576 will be presented to Nashville Metro City Council in the David Scobey Council Chamber in the Metro Courthouse. This will be the first of at at least 3 meetings with them that require their approval to finalize the lease agreement.

July 1 & 8, 2016: NSPS performed some prelimiary inspections of No. 576. For results, see their website and Facebook page.

June 7, 2016: Nashville Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation approved the plan submitted by NSPS. Next step is Nashville Metro City Council approval.

May 3, 2016 - 3:00 pm: met with Nashville Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation, East Regional Center, 700 Woodland Street, Nashville, TN 37213. If you are in the Nashville area, you may want to attend this meeting to express your support for the project.

Links to additional information

Nashville Steam Preservation Society website

Nashville Steam Preservation Society Facebook Page

NSPS Press Release 4-26-2016


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