Illinois man is recreating Lincoln funeral train car - – Rockford’s News Leader

Illinois man is recreating Lincoln funeral train car


An Illinois man is going to construct a replica of the funeral car that carried Abraham Lincoln's body from Washington D.C. to Springfield, Ill., in 1865.

According to the Arlington Heights Daily Herald the car is scheduled for completion in 2015, which will be the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's assassination. David Kloke is the owner of Kloke Locomotive Works in Elgin and has been working on the project for about five years with the help of volunteers. His plan is to have a historic locomotive pull the car from Washington D.C. to Baltimore and then it will be trucked to Springfield for display, with stops along the way.

The original car was built in 1864 as an office for Lincoln's travels and was later burned in a prairie fire in Minnesota in 1911.

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