Hundreds take a ride on famed Wabash Cannonball

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - Hundreds of people from around the country have experienced what country singer Roy Acuff called "the jingle, the rumble and the roar" of a Wabash Cannonball.

The News-Sentinel reports more than 700 people turned out over the weekend to ride the train built in 1944 from Fort Wayne to West Lafayette.

The locomotive is one of only a handful in the United States still in working condition. It was restored by the Fort Wayne Historical Railroad Museum.

The train carried 22 tons of coal and 2,200 gallons for the round trip to West Lafayette.

Museum communication manager Kelley Lynch says the weekend trip marked the first passenger train to depart Fort Wayne in 20 years.

The trip retraced the route of the famous Wabash Cannonball passenger train.

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