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Recordings taken while I waited for Amtrak Texas Eagle on May 2 2015. We had to get through a police barricade to get to Springfield Illinois Amtrak station. One of the officers seems confused that Amtrak would be rolling in. I had my ticket on phone out – but they didn’t check it.
Very few viewers of the Abraham Lincoln Funeral Rail Car Replica respected fact that they were on an active rail line. Police officers at times did their best to clear tracks. Signs were posted clearly stating that visitors should keep off rails. Unfortunately a good portion of people could care less about taking this good advice.
The Abraham Lincoln Funeral Rail Car Replica couldn’t get Amtrak certified in time for 150th Anniversary Lincoln Funeral Commemoration. Since it wouldn’t be receiving Federal Railroad Administration ( FRA ) certification in time for event – the Funeral Rail Car Replica was trucked in on a flat bed trailer.
Video shows Union Pacific freight train passing by funeral car. Then we see Amtrak Texas Eagle ( engine 156 ) stopping by for a visit.
I didn’t make it around corner fast enough to get good video of replica hearse. But you can see large crowd that viewed it as it made it’s way to Oak Ridge Cemetery. At end you see crowd viewed from inside Amtrak Texas Eagle roomette.
Isringhausen Imports across tracks from Amtrak station was where Lincoln Funeral Rail Car Replica was open to public on May 2 2015.
Historic Railroad Equipment Association, the parent 501c3 of The 2015 Lincoln Funeral Train.
“The car is being built to Federal Railroad Administration specifications so it could be used on tracks.”
2015 Marks a special year, 150 years since America’s 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, was laid to rest in his hometown of Springfield, Illinois.