Steam train visits Janesville

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Gazette staff
Saturday, August 12, 2017

JANESVILLE—A piece of history steamed into Janesville on Thursday and left Friday morning, headed for Chicago.

Train buffs and just-curious people gathered at the tracks near the Five Points intersection to get a look at the 104-year-old steam engine. The locomotive is the Soo Line No. 1003, one of the few operating steam trains in the country.

The locomotive and two cabooses were scheduled to arrive at a benefit for the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Chicago on Saturday afternoon.

Members of the Steam Locomotive Heritage Association have maintained the engine at its home at the Wisconsin Automotive Museum in Hartford.

The engine was completed in 1913 in Schenectady, New York, at a cost of $25,654, according to the association's web site. It was modified in the 1940s. It was retired in 1959 and restored in the 1990s.

The train was expected to return through Janesville sometime Sunday.

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