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The 2015 Lincoln Funeral Train
Lincoln Train Locomotive and FEC #90 to Open ITM Season
Indianapolis – Hear the lonesome sound of a steam locomotive whistle again this month in central Indiana. The Indiana Transportation Museum will open its 2014 season on April 26 and 27 with an exclusive first-ever program. Leviathan No. 63, a full-scale replica 1860s steam locomotive, will operate Saturday and Sunday on a scenic seven-mile stretch of the Nickel Plate Heritage Railroad, Indiana’s oldest passenger carrying line, chartered in 1846. The engine is very similar to those that operated over the route shortly after its opening 163 years ago.
Trains will run between Fishers and Noblesville. Excursions both days begin at 10 a.m. and will feature the luxurious 1898 private railroad car of millionaire Henry Flagler.
The event is a fundraiser for The 2015 Lincoln Funeral Train, a unique railroad tribute to Abraham Lincoln. Historic Railroad Equipment Association (HREA), an Elgin, Ill., nonprofit, is building an exact replica of President Lincoln’s funeral coach. Together with Leviathan, it will travel the same route that the president’s train took from Washington, D.C., to Springfield, Ill., exactly 150 years after the original journey. Funds raised this April will help HREA complete the car.
“We are honored to be working with the Indiana Transportation Museum for this event,” said Dave Kloke, builder of Leviathan and the Lincoln funeral car. “This is a great opportunity for Hoosiers to see and experience two examples of railroad history, and to learn about – and continue to be inspired by – the ingenuity and daring of an industry that helped build America.”
Historic Railroad Equipment Association exists to educate the public concerning the life of Abraham Lincoln and his influence on American railroad development by constructing and operating historically accurate equipment representative of that era.
Railroads transformed America with ribbons of steel, linking communities and moving people and commodities from coast to coast. The Indiana Transportation Museum engages and inspires generations through the art, science, and technological innovation of the railroad.