At National Metal Fabricators, we are always delighted to hear about new local attractions. We’re especially excited about the train rides coming to Indianapolis this Saturday, as we were privileged to help work on the train providing them. Pulled by Leviathan No. 63, the historic 2015 Lincoln Funeral Train will be offering 15-mile round-trip rides to passengers at four different times throughout the day.
The rides will give passengers the chance to either experience the adventure of an open-air railcar or to see firsthand what pampered passengers enjoyed aboard the FEC #90 back in the turn of the century. Featuring a beautiful interior, the FEC #90 was originally a personal car built for Henry Flagler, co-founder of Standard Oil, Inc., in 1898. It is now maintained by the Indiana Transportation Museum.
Each ride on Saturday will depart from and return to Fishers Train Station at 11600 Municipal Drive. Tickets are $40 apiece, and all tickets purchased for FEC #90 will include on-board refreshments, as well as a commemorative Lincoln Funeral Train pin. One selected ticket holder on each trip will also win a ride in the Leviathan locomotive cab.
A portion of the day’s proceeds will go toward finishing the Lincoln Funeral Car, which is intended to travel with Leviathan in 2015 in an event remembering former president Abraham Lincoln’s final journey. Though a private railroad car, named The United States, was created for Lincoln in early 1865 as a sort of train version of Air Force One, the president never rode in it while he was alive. It was only after his assassination that the president’s body traveled in the train from Washington, D.C., back home to Springfield, Ill. The 2015 Lincoln Funeral Train is a recreated version of the locomotive, which intends to accurately represent what that 19th-century steam train would have been like — bringing history back to life.
To learn more about the Lincoln Funeral car and/or to purchase tickets for a ride this weekend, head over to The2015LincolnFuneralTrain.com.