Mammoet transports piece of American history
Mammoet has successfully transported an American piece of history in the United States. The Dutch company was tasked with the move of the historic No. 576 steam locomotive from its previous location in Nashville’s Centennial Park in Tennessee to live rail where it will receive additional servicing.
Mammoet’s crews jacked the 180 ton train and secured it to 12 axles lines of PST trailers, followed by the jacking of a 65 ton tender, which was placed on a Broshuis 9 axle trailer. Once secured, both the train and tender completed the transport to the live rail approximately 2 miles away. This was the first time the train had moved in 65 years.
The contract had been awarded by the Nashville Steam Preservation Society, whose mission is to preserve history by restoring and operating relevant historic railroad equipment for the purposes of education, tourism, and goodwill to and for Metro Nashville. The Nashville 576 pulled the trains that brought musicians to Nashville, and has appeared on several magazine and album covers over the years alongside some of Nashville’s finest musicians, including Johnny Cash and Hank Snow. It retired after 10 years of service, but the ultimate goal of the restoration is to bring it back in active duty.