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Railway Museum in running for grant

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Matching funds available through federal transportation funds

By The Staff

Those who ride the rails in New Haven may find the track smoother than before if proposed repairs are made.

New Haven Board of Commissioners passed a resolution to participate in a T-21 federal transportation enhancement grant application on behalf of the Kentucky Railway Museum.

If awarded, the funds would be used to make repairs and restoration of the historic railroad bridge over the Beech Fork River.

The approximately 200-foot-long double camel back trestle bridge is the largest of seven bridges in the 17 miles of track cared for by KRM.

The bridge that spans the Beech Fork River between Stillwell Road and Boston is in need of re-decking, said Greg Mathews, executive director and president of the board of KRM.

The proposed $370,000 grant will require a 26 percent match or $96,000 by KRM.

In the past, the museum has received the grant for track and bridgework, restoration and repair on the 152 steam engine and built a shed and pavilion.

The railway tracks used by the museum pass through LaRue County.

KRM initiated the grant, which must be administered through a government agency.

In other news, the New Haven Board of Commissioners:

• Approved a request from Dooley Mattingly, a member of the Central Kentucky Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation to host a JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) event in June or July at New Haven City Park. The youth group activity will feature fishing and lunch at the park and skeet shooting and archery at the New Haven Gun Club.