Old South Shore railcar moved through South Bend

Published: Aug. 17, 2018 at 12:00 PM EDT
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The South Shore Line is donating an out-of-service train car to the South Bend Fire Department Training Center.

Crews used a crane and flat-bed semi to move the 134,000 pound train car.

It will be used to help train new recruits that will have to respond to railroad service emergencies in the near future.

The training center currently trains first responders from all over northern Indiana, including East Chicago, Michigan City, La Porte, and South Bend.

“When railroad cars are no longer in service, it’s a great reuse to be able to donate them for a purpose as meaningful as this,” Nicole Barker said. “We know all the recruits from all the surrounding areas are definitely going to be at the training academy using this on a regular basis, so it’s just a wonderful win-win. We get to get rid of a car that isn't useful anymore, they get an asset that they can 'train' on.”