LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – Over 2,000 train enthusiasts filled Copeland Park on Saturday to help celebrate La Crosse's railroad history, while raising money to maintain the La Crosse short-line railroad museum.
The 4000 Foundation hosted the 24th Annual Rail Fair, and people who attended had a chance to tour the museum,, use a telegraph display, and even ride on the locomotive around the park. The event also doubled as a chance to buy, trade, and sell railroad-related merchandise.
“Well it's emblematic of our railroad heritage, of our community, and I think we'd be very grateful that our fore fathers ceased the opportunity to preserve this locomotive and caboose 50 years ago,” 4000 Foundation Founder and President Mark Hamre said.
The group has already spent about $275,000 on restoring the short line locomotive, and Hamre said it could be another two years until restoration is completed.
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