Freight Cars


After World War 2, the US Army wanted be prepared for the possibility of a third war in Europe, and designed a fleet of lightweight, disposable railcars. These cars were built to specifications to allow their use on lighter weight and possibly damaged European Railroads. With a simple change of the wheels, these could be used on standard, narrow, or broad gauge lines. These cars complement the US Army AlCO MRS-1 locomotives, which we also have on display. Note the holes in the end sills for the mounting of European style bumpers. The American style knuckle couplers can be removed and chain style couplers installed. These cars were recently repainted by a local Boy Scout troop as an Eagle Scout project. Minor details such as completing the lettering and car markings are still needed to complete the project. These are a work in progress.


Also built during the 1950's, these cars were designed to carry two Sherman tanks around North America, between Military Bases and Ports. Originally designed for travel in troop trains, they were built with steam connections and dampening systems on the couplers. When the Army decided to not use trains to transport troops, these cars had the extra equipment removed. Today the museum owns three of these cars, with plans for at least one to be built into an "open air" coach.


Two steel gondolas purchased as surplus from the Army. These will become part of a military display train after museum volunteers can complete construction of additional display tracks on the grounds in Versailles.


A steam powered crane used by K.U. until donated to the museum. Today this car is in storage awaiting funds and room to make a restoration attempt. The boom for the crane recently became accessable again with the reopening of our entire line to Tyrone.


Steel boxcar from a shortline subsidary of Norfolk and Western. Currently out of reach in Tyrone.


  NC&StL/L&N Dynamometer Car
Built by ACF in 1916 and completed by the NC&StL in 1917 as #90130 this car was originally a dynamometer car used to measure the power and performance of steam locomotives. The car was purchased by the L&N in 1937 and renumbered to #41900. The car served the L&N until the end of steam operations in 1957. The car was again renumbered to #42365 and because of it's existing kitchen, office, and berths it was used as a camp car. Sold for scrap in 1970 this rare and unique piece of railroad history was saved by a private individual and stored at the Kentucky Railway Museum in Louisville until purchased by the Bluegrass Railway Musuem in 1978. This is the rarest piece of equipment in the museum's possession. A cosmetic exterior restoration, as well as a recreated interior of the car in dynamometer use are planned at this time. Research is in ongoing. If you have photos or information of this car detailing is appearance as a dynamometer car please contact the museum so we may preserve this rare piece and display it for the education and enjoyment of all.
(The above history was found in the "L&N Color Guide to Freight and Passenger Equipment, Volume 2" by Steven D. Johnson)