Bainbridge’s train has left the station

Published 7:10 pm Tuesday, January 12, 2016

$170,000, two cranes, three flatbeds, and one heavy hauler later and Bainbridge’s L&N train is on its way to Corbin, Kentucky. In Corbin the locomotive will be the centerpiece of a new museum highlighting the L&N railroad.

“Engine 2132 is the last remaining steam switcher engine in the world that was made in the South Louisville shops,” said Maggy Kriebel the Director of the Corbin Tourism and Convention Commission.

There were 400 steam locomotives built at the South Louisville Shops between 1905 and1932 and Bainbridge’s is the last of them still in existence. In all only three L & N locomotives are still in existence. The locomotive, coal tender and caboose were all built at L&N’s South Louisville shops.

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The goal is for the train to arrive in Kentucky by Thursday. The museum will then spend between $300,000 – 500,000 to cosmetically restore the train. The museum scheduled to open in late 2016.

A film crew from Eastern Kentucky University is putting together a documentary that will show the story of the engine from the time it was made through its move to the museum in Corbin.

“A professor from EKU contacted me and ask if I knew anyone that would be interested in making a film and I was like me,” filmmaker Jared Hamilton said.

The crew has been working on the film for over a year as they collected historical footage of the train.

They also hope to follow the train through the planned restoration. The film will be shown in the museum and also be available for sale in the gift shop.

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