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#1 LilysDad ONLINE  

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Posted May 02, 2015 - 07:23 PM

Yesterday I was soliciting for the Lions Club at the intersection of Rts. 23 & US30. This restored rail car came through. As you can see it was a difficult turn. The driver had to wait for the cross roads to clear of traffic before turning. I wish I knew what the car was for. The brown paint and Gold leaf 'US' make it appear to be Federal. The only other markings on the car was that plaque that had been painted over. The following semi was hauling the trucks, which were painted brightly with American flags and such.

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Posted May 02, 2015 - 07:29 PM

It's not every day that you get to see something like that.

 

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Posted May 02, 2015 - 07:43 PM

Was it for the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's funeral? Good Luck, Rick


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Posted May 02, 2015 - 07:45 PM

The ads I've seen on TV for Lincoln's funeral show a rail car much more brightly painted.


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Posted May 02, 2015 - 08:01 PM

If it was going north or south on rt 23 , then it was coming from or going to the Illinois Rail Museum .
Sometimes Lions volunteerism has extra rewards.
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Posted May 02, 2015 - 08:43 PM

   I always wanted to get a train caboose and put it in my yard to make a game room out off.  I know I need something better to do !!  still-----  cool pic, I would have had to follow it my self.  I love stuff like that.

                       Pete


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Posted May 02, 2015 - 08:53 PM

Maybe private business coach car for US Steel executives ?
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Posted May 03, 2015 - 04:55 AM

Yesterday I was soliciting for the Lions Club at the intersection of Rts. 23 & US30. This restored rail car came through. As you can see it was a difficult turn. The driver had to wait for the cross roads to clear of traffic before turning. I wish I knew what the car was for. The brown paint and Gold leaf 'US' make it appear to be Federal. The only other markings on the car was that plaque that had been painted over. The following semi was hauling the trucks, which were painted brightly with American flags and such.

How many set of wheels were there ? It sure does look like Abes funeral car,, picture I found showed 8 wheels, or 4 trucks


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Posted May 03, 2015 - 05:51 AM

That was the first thing that went thru my mind as well, a Head of State Funeral Car. Assuming it would be Lincoln's, you were given a real privilege IMHO. Thanks for Sharing.

BTW, I agree with Pete, I would've had to follow it. :D

EDIT: here is a pic I Googled on President Lincoln's Funeral Car
Looks pretty close.image.jpg

Also, here is a website that talks about a replica that is being made of the train.
http://www.the2015li...neral-train.asp
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Posted May 03, 2015 - 07:31 AM

Thanks for sharing a fascinating picture of two things that really catch my eye, trains and odd loads being hauled by truck! Not everyday you get to see both at the same time. :thumbs:


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Posted May 03, 2015 - 11:21 AM

I know some members of the Illinois Rail Museum. I will try to ask them if they know anything about this. I did read an article in a work publication about the Lincoln Funeral Train, it said it was being built in Elgin & to help prevent rail congestion that will be trucked from location to location. That even included the Steam Engine. 

 

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Posted May 03, 2015 - 11:50 AM

I don't recall how many trucks. They were on one flat bed.



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Posted May 03, 2015 - 06:36 PM

http://www.chicagotr...0502-story.html

 

http://www.the2015li...neraltrain.com/


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Posted May 04, 2015 - 06:50 AM

Looks like it is going to be close to me in Ashland and Wellington both. I'll have to try and see it.


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