Restoration process to begin on Nashville's famous train at Centennial Park

Posted at 3:03 PM, Jan 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-04 19:50:22-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Nashville's famous train at Centennial Park has been sitting still, retired for 66 years, but a restoration project is underway to get it running on the tracks again. The only problem is moving the 150-ton train out of the park to work on it.

This is the last weekend you can see the train up-close. Come Monday, a fence is going to be built in order to get the train ready for the move.

The Nashville Steam and Preservation Society set the move for Sunday January 13 – rain or shine – and it’s been a tedious engineering project.

It will take them anywhere from two to four hours to drive the train four miles from Centennial Park to the railyard where they'll get the brakes working again.

And this is just the first move. The train will leave the railyard in another six weeks for full restoration at another location.

In three to four years, they hope it will move again, this time with passengers to Lebanon, Watertown or maybe even Cookeville.