Documentary tells the story of Bainbridge’s former steam engine

Published 6:30 pm Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The history of steam engine L&N 2132 has now been told in a short documentary commissioned by the Corbin Railroad Museum.

The engine found its way to Bainbridge in 1980 via Sneads, FL where it had been retired. For 36 years the historic train sat at the Earle May Boat Basin until it was relocated to Corbin, KY in January. There it will be the centerpiece of the Corbin Railroad Museum.

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Filmmaker Jared Hamilton said that the most shocking  part of the engine’s story was all the work that it took to get it to Kentucky, when the City of Bainbridge had somehow moved the three pieces of the train using only city equipment in 1980.

The engine is the last steam switcher engine that was built in the South Louisville shops and one of only three L&N locomotives still in existence.

The 24-minute documentary tells the story of how L&N 2132 founds its way to Bainbridge and then back home to Corbin.

“We feel the documentary turned out fantastic,” Maggy Kriebel, the Director of the Corbin Tourism and Convention Commission, said. “We were very pleased with the end result. It explains what the engine means to Appalachia.”

The engine is currently on display outside of the future home of the museum and the tourism commission hopes to begin fully restoring the engine in mid to late March.

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