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Keeping track: Train scheduled to arrive

Keeping track: Train scheduled to arrive
Keeping track: Train scheduled to arrive | Keeping track: Train scheduled to arrive

Special Features Editor
Do you hear the train a’comin’?
It’s comin’ on down the track.
And it will arrive in Union City sometime during the next few days, according to a Discovery Park of America spokesman . The Swedish-built 4-6-0 No. 1149 — equipment that once belonged to the Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad — has begun the trek from Maine to Union City, where it will be part of a restored display on the DPA grounds. A 250-foot section of track, plus a new vintage depot, will showcase the purchase, which was made by the Robert E. and Jenny D. Kirkland Foundation after the coal burning locomotive with a 5,000 gallon coal tender was located in Unity, Maine, by Hugh Wade and Michael Hagen of Union City.
The locomotive and its passenger coaches are certain to be a popular “grounds” feature, especially when coupled with the caboose that has been a standard feature next to the Obion County Chamber of Commerce in Union City for many years.
The portion of the train purchased in Maine is being delivered via Cana-da, and then south to Fulton. The equipment is destined to make a stop on the Greenfield Products spur in Union City and then to be carefully moved to its permanent home on the newly-laid tracks at DPA, where it will be painted and refurbished.
Look for a photo and additional information about another exciting DPA exhibit in The Messenger in the coming days.
Discovery Park of Ameri-ca is the 50-acre $100 million attraction, funded by the Kirkland Foundation, and being completed on Union City’s northwest border, just off Everett Boul-evard. The education and entertainment complex is scheduled to open with a ribbon cutting Nov. 1 and it is anticipated that it will not only serve as an exciting venue for local residents but attract hundreds of thousands of visitors annually.
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Published in The Messenger 6.19.13

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