The engine was design to haul passenger trains on the Louisville and Nashville railroad.
When more powerful trains were purchased by the L&N in the 1920s, the Pacific's were assigned to the Gulf Coast, a geographic flatter area. Railroad logs prove that #152 was one of the many "Pan American" passenger service.
On February 17, 1953, the #152, the last surviving "K" class Pacific, and it was retired by the L&N, with its fate uncertain.
No. 152, believed to be the last operating L&N steam locomotive, the museum leased six acres of land on River Road and opened to the public on Memorial Day, 1958.
Eventually the #152 was sent to the Kentucky Railway Museum, then located at 1837 East River Road in Louisville, Kentucky; it was one of the museum's first pieces of equipment.
On April 26, 1986, the engine was once again in back in service, and it was pulling seven railcars with a total of 365 passengers.
Today the engine is still at the Kentucky Railroad Museum, but it's presently out of service awaiting an overhaul.
No. 152 is the only remaining L&N K-1 Pacific.
It pulled Theodore Roosevelt's campaign train between Louisville and Cincinnati in 1912.
The #152 also pulled the car that was holding Chicago's Gangster Al Capone on his way to Alcatraz Island.
The L&N President John E. Tilford personally ordered the locomotive to not be destroyed and not turned to scrap.
No. 152 is the only operable L&N steam locomotive.
As of Saturday 10 September 2011, #152 was withdrawn from service for the rest of the 2011 season due to boiler issues.
When the museum relocated to New Haven, L&N #152 came with it.
The L&N Steam Locomotive No. 152 is one of four rail vehicles at the Kentucky Railway Museum on the National Register.
In 1987, it pulled some excursions for the Norfolk Southern's steam program.
The Breakdown of the engine begin on July 1st, 2015 with a projected date of July 1st, 2017 for L&N 152 to return to service.