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Train cars arriving at Historic White Pine Village

November 21, 2017 GMT

A retired steam locomotive that will become a permanent exhibit at Historic White Pine Village as begun to arrive.

The engine, flat car and tender car are being placed on railroad tracks at the village on Tuesday. The train cars will be painted a traditional black and set upon railroad tracks already installed in their wait.

The Mason County Historical Society purchased the John Engler from the Coopersville & Marne Railway and will refurbish it — and rename it the Mason & Oceana Railroad — before putting it on display in 2018.

The locomotive is expected to become a destination attraction, said Dr. Rick Plummer, historical society executive director.

The work now is to pay for the project, $49,500 total — including $20,000 for the train cars, $6,000 in moving costs, $6,000 for a train whistle/air compressor, $5,000 in a train station move/renovation, and other related costs.

To help, contact Rick Plummer, Mason County Historical Society, 1687 S. Lakeshore Drive, Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-4808.

Checks can be made out to the Community Foundation for Mason County, noting the historical society train project on the memo line.

See the story in Wednesday’s Ludington Daily News.