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Can this old rail yard become a tourism spot in Kentucky?

IRVINE, Ky. — Trains and railways are a part of Eastern Kentucky’s heritage that has been slowly slipping away, but “The Yard,” an economic development project, plans to make them a key part of the region’s future.

Backers hope The Yard, a 40-acre former railroad property in Irvine, will someday feature a 75-year-old steam locomotive, a rail rehab facility, a machine shop, an interactive museum, a restaurant and a pavilion to spur revitalization of Eastern Kentucky’s economy.

The Estill County project is led by Kentucky Steam, a non-profit with a goal of restoring historic rail equipment and bolstering economic development