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Rebuilding History

Local Man Builds Lincoln Funeral Train

Jay Shefsky likes to bring us stories about people with unusual passions. But this man's passion may be the most ambitious. Elgin resident Dave Kloke has built a full-size working replica of an 1860's steam locomotive -- from scratch. He and a team of volunteers are building a detailed working replica of the Lincoln Funeral car. Next year, to mark the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's assassination, he plans to recreate the 1,800-mile journey of the Lincoln Funeral Train. We revisit that story.

View a slideshow of the construction of the Lincoln Funeral car. 


View a map of the 2015 Lincoln Funeral Train route.

--Map by Cydney Hargis