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Chesapeake & Ohio No. 2716 is a 2-8-4 (Kanawha in C&O's terms) built by the American Locomotive Company (ALCO).

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She was built for the C&O by ALCO in 1943, She, along with the other C&O 2-8-4s, was in mixed traffic service, hauling either freight or passenger trains. She was retired in 1956, and was placed on display at the Kentucky Railroad Museum. In 1979 she was almost operated by the Clinchfield Railroad for their steam program, but the program ended before she could be restored when the Seaboard Air Line purchased the railroad. However, in 1981, the Southern railroad leased her for their steam program, and she was changed to a Southern railroad design with major changes although the Southern never owned a 2-8-4, she operated there for 2 years until it was found her firebox was cracking, she was replaced by Nickel Plate Road No. 765, and was taken to the Norfolk Southern for their steam program till it ended in 1994, but she was kept in storage mainly because of favor of N&W 611 and 1218, she was then leased by the Fort Wayne Historical Society but she wasn't used too long because of new regulations that required to give her new flues and boiler tubes, however they had to choose whether to rebuild C&O 2716 or NKP 765, and the latter was selected, and she was returned to the KRM where she was placed under a shelter, but in 2016, it was announced that the Kentucky Railroad Museum signed a term to restore her and has been in their shops for restoration ever since.

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