Central Kansas Volunteers Get 1919 Train Working Again

By: AP, Abilene Reflector-Chronicle
By: AP, Abilene Reflector-Chronicle

ABILENE - Central Kansas volunteers working to restore a 1919 Baldwin locomotive got the train's engine running for the first time in 50 years.

The Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad Association reported minor leaks that needed to be repaired before the train could continue to
run. The train traveled about 120 feet and then rolled back on its own Saturday.

The association has plans to operate the steam engine as part of its excursion train operation. The restoration project started in the late 1990s, when the train was moved to a rail yard from Eisenhower Park.

Tourism officials say the train will be a major asset to attracting tourists.

The engine will need to be inspected by the Federal Railroad

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