Chesapeake & Ohio K-4 (Kanawha) #2760 in Riverside Park, Lynchburg, VA

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Chesapeake & Ohio K-4 #2760, Riverside Park, Lynchburg, VA

Chesapeake & Ohio K-4 (Kanawha) #2760 is on display in Riverside Park, about a mile and a half west of downtown Lynchburg, VA. It is a short walk from the Riverfront Ave entrance.

As it is quite off the beaten track, the locomotive was prey to vandalism and scavengers for scrap metal over many years, and had deteriorated to an appalling state. However, in 2004 an elementary school teacher and the local Kiwanis Club started a "Save the Train" campaign. They carried out cosmetic restoration over the following years and the locomotive is looking in much better shape than in some earlier photos
I have seen.

When I last visited, a shelter was under construction for the engine.

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The display originally included a Southern Railroad passenger car
built by Pullman in 1922,
but it was removed some time ago as its condition was too far gone for restoration. The cupola caboose currently coupled to the locomotive is Virginian C-1 Class #64. Built in 1910. It is apparently the oldest surviving VGN caboose.

#64 was used on the Virginian until the railroad merged with the Norfolk & Western Railway in 1959. At that time, surplus Virginian cabooses were disposed of, and it was gifted by the N&W to the City of Lynchburg. It is actually the only surviving example of a wooden caboose used by the Virginian.

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Chesapeake & Ohio K-4 #2760, Lynchburg

Ninety K-4s were built from 1943 to 1947. Twelve have survived. You can see #2705 on the B&O Museum Yard and Car Shop page of this website, #2716 on the Kentucky Railway Museum, #2707 on the Illinois Railway Museum Yard, #2727 on the St Louis Transportation Museum Train Sheds, #2736 on the National Railroad Museum and #2789 on the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum pages. #2700, #2732, #2755, #2756 and #2776 each have their own page.

Two Pere Marquette and six Nickel Plate 2-8-4s survive. NKP #757 is on the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum Yard page of this website. NKP #759 on the Steamtown and NKP #765 on the NKP #765 page.

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Above, #2760 as it appeared when I last visited.

A shelter was being built for the engine. It was early Sunday morning, so I was able to access the site without any workmen around. This allowed me to get some good close up shots.

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