This train is a built-from-scratch replica of the one that carried Lincoln’s casket to Springfield, Illinois, for burial in 1865, and the route of that train was on these very rails just south of York, Pennsylvania. It is located in New Freedom, PA and runs ten miles of re-railed Northern Central Railroad track that the original funeral train ran upon. This was accomplished with York County Parks working with the locomotive builder, and together they've created something very unique that you can visit and ride through some very scenic landscape. Here, the locomotive and two cars cross the South Branch of Codorus Creek in the Pennsylvania farm land on the way back to New Freedom.
Occasionally the engine is borrowed by Hollywood for period movie making. It is trucked to where it's needed, given cosmetic changes to suit and then filmed, and afterward the locomotive is brought back to this 1865 appearance and returned to New Freedom. Historical Civil War weekend encampments are done nearby and reenactors sometimes accompany the railroad operations, when it becomes a true time machine. The main freight this train carries these days is the imagination of hundreds.
This piece of living history is almost a one of a kind accomplishment and worth visiting if you enjoy history and live steam railroading. If you would like to learn more and see an operating schedule, visit the website www.steamintohistory.com
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