L&N Diesel Locomotive No. 770, New Haven, Ky.

 

Louisville & Nashville E6A diesel locomotive no. 770 was built in 1942 by the Electro Motive Division of GM. After its inaugural run from Louisville to Nashville, the locomotive regularly powered the road’s flagship passenger trains. Number 770 was retired in 1968 and donated to the Kentucky Railway Museum. One of only two surviving E6A models, no. 770 is the only L&N passenger diesel to be preserved. The rarity of the model, its 70 year-age and distinctive slanted-nose, as well as the historic L&N trains it pulled, qualifies it for the National Register of Historic Places.

The engine is at risk due to outdoor display, where it is exposed to weather and occasional vandalism. Although stored under a train shed and enclosed by fencing, time and elements have taken their toll. An appropriate indoor restoration facility is not available at the museum nor is sufficient funding available. To offer support or make a donation for the locomotive’s stabilization and restoration, contact the Kentucky Railway Museum at www.kyrail.org.

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