Save the Train closing celebration Sunday

Published 7:09 pm Friday, December 8, 2023

The Save the Train Closing Celebration at the Pioneer Museum of Alabama will be from 1 until 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 10.

There will be live music, handprints on cement and opportunities for fellowship with those who are dedicated to restoring the landmark, historic train at the Pioneer Museum of Alabama.

Keith Roling, museum board member, said the Save the Train campaign is an opportunity for community members and historic preservations to be involved in the efforts to “save the train.”

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The 1881 logging train is an eye-catcher for those traveling Highway 231 in Troy. Many motorists stop to see the train and take the opportunity to visit the Pioneer Museum of Alabama.

The train was donated by Earl McGowin and W.T. Chapman Lumber Company and moved to the Pioneer Museum of Alabama in 1992.

Wiley Sanders donated time, money, trucks, labor and a crane to the project.

Hank Williams, Sr.’s father, (Lon) Williams, was the train engineer on “The Madison.”

Roling said the 143-year-old locomotive needs a lot of metal restoration plus paint and other work to bring the Bradley and Hunter into the next century.

For more information about the efforts to “save the train” visit the Pioneer Museum of Alabama.