Photo by Betsy Thorpe
By Betsy Thorpe
In 1953 the Nashville Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway donated Engine #576 to the citizens of Nashville. The engine was placed in Centennial Park, where it remains as a reminder of the railroads important role in Nashville’s history.
It has been almost fifty years since the last NC&StL train passed by the New Shops and Centennial Park. Many visitors to the park do not understand the significant impact the NC&StL Railway had on Nashville’s development.
The Nashville Chattanooga Preservation Society created and donated an informative palque, that they have now placed in the park near Engine 576. Information on the plaque relates important events in the railroad’s one hundred years of service to Nashville. Park visitors can now read about the NC&StL’s rich history and gain understanding of the legacy of Nashville’s railroad.