Monday, November 10, 2003

Museum honors reporter's efforts

Railway memories saved at rural site

By Thomas S. Watson
The Associated Press

BOSTON, Ky. - The Kentucky Railway Museum in Nelson County used to be on Louisville's River Road before it moved to a site in eastern Jefferson County where antique engines and passenger cars sat on sections of rails for visitors to examine and photograph.

Thanks to Louisville native Glenn Rutherford, some big changes occurred and the museum's officials decided to honor him on Saturday.

The museum wasn't much in 1954 at its first location, but some improvements were made by the mid 1980s when it was relocated at LaGrange Road and Dorsey Lane.

Things changed in 1990 when the museum moved to Nelson County after it acquired the last 18 miles of the old Lebanon Branch of the Louisville & Nashville Railroad, which was built in 1856-57 and later abandoned. After donations enabled members of the museum to get the track, engines and cars ready to roll, excursions began on a regular basis in May 1991.

Rutherford, a former reporter for The Courier-Journal, was honored for his stories that reflected the need to save the museum and his efforts in obtaining the needed donations.

"The Glenn Rutherford Recognition Train" departed the New Haven Station at 2 p.m. EST and rolled 11 miles to Boston.

When the train stopped at Boston to allow the diesel engine to be switched on a siding for the return trip of the five passenger cars, Rutherford, accompanied by his wife, Virginia, and their daughter, Kate, was honored by several speakers.

"Thanks to his contributions, we are able to showcase the L&N Railroad of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, using authentic equipment, very typical of what would have been used on their passenger trains of that day," said Frank Bryan, the museum's chairman of the board.

"The folks to thank were John Richards and Mary Caperton Bingham," Rutherford said in an interview after the presentation. "Ms. Bingham had wide and varied interests and was really fascinated with everything that went on in the community and she's the one who recognized the Kentucky Railway Museum was worth saving."

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