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Steam Locomotive Idle More Than 60 Years Could Cruise Again

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Posted at 4:16 PM, Aug 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-20 17:16:47-04

A Nashville steam locomotive inoperative for more than 60 years could once again cruise the rails.

According to reports, locomotive No. 576 was donated to Metro Parks in 1952 after hauling troops and oil during World War II. For decades, it has been an attraction in the city's Centennial Park.

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But on Tuesday, the city approved a 23-year lease with the Nashville Steam Preservation Society. The group has hoped to raise $3 million to restore the engine to operation, a process that will take three or four years.

Then the group has planned to make the 74-year-old locomotive part of an excursion train, carrying passengers to and from downtown.

Steam Preservation Society President Shane Meador said in a statement that operating steam locomotives have been rare and attract crowds everywhere they go.