Monday rail preservation and museum news:
Marty Stuart, Old Crow Medicine Show to hold online concert for No. 576 restoration project
Grammy-winning Nashville musicians will hold an online concert Nov. 8 to raise funds for the ongoing restoration project of Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis 4-8-4 locomotive No. 576, which is in $10,000 of its goal to meet a matching grant that would bring $650,000 to the project. Marty Stuar5 and longtime bandmate Harry Stinson, and the band Old Crow Medicine Show will hold the virtual “Rhythm of the Rails” concert in support of the revival of the locomotive, which spent more than 65 years in a Nashville Park. “The 576 is one of the most rewarding projects I’ve ever been a part of,” Stuart said in a press release. “Harry Stinson and I absolutely count it an honor to get to participate in the revitalization of one of Nashville’s greatest treasures.” The Candelaria Fund and Wick Moorman Foundation will provide a total in $350,000 in matching funds if the Nashville Steam Preservation Society can raise $300,000 by Dec. 31. The fundraising concert to help meet that goal will be Nov. 8 at 5 p.m. on the society’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. For more information, visit the society’s website.
Tehachapi museum reopens with abbreviated hours, restricted attendance
The Tehachapi Depot Railroad Museum will reopen Nov. 7, with attendance restricted to follow California COVID-19 guidelines. The Tehachapi News reports that initially, the museum will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. No more than 10 visitors will be allowed at one time, with no groups larger than five. Visitors will be subject to no-touch temperature checks and must wear a mask.
Sioux City museum cancels Halloween, Christmas events
The Sioux City, Iowa, Railroad Museum has cancelled its Halloween and Christmas events because of the COVID-19 pandemic. KSCJ Radio reports Halloween At The Roundhouse, which annually drawns nearly 10,000, and the Santa Whistle Stop Tour, which draws 3,000 over two weekends, are both off. Executive director Matt Merk said the museum has concerns about the number of people who normally congregate closely during both events. For more information, visit the museum website.