Old 05-12-2009, 09:10 PM   #1
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Does anyone remember when the funeral train came through town at stopped at the depot?
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Old 05-12-2009, 09:17 PM   #2
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I don't remember it, but I have heard about it.
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I remember the days when passenger trains stopped in Washington. When I was in the Air Force in Texas, I thoroughly enjoyed several over night trips on the Texas Eagle from San Antonio to St. Louis and then the B and O to Vincennes and Washington.
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Does anyone remember when the funeral train came through town at stopped at the depot?

I was a student at IU when Ike died. I came home to watch the funeral train go through town. In those days all passenger trains stopped at the depot to change crews. Since people knew the train would stop there was a huge crowd all around the depot area. According to reports at the time it was the largest crowd along the route of the trains trip from Washington, D.C. to Abilene, Kansas. The size of the crowd attracted the attention of the Eisenhower family and some of the family members came to the windows of the coach to wave and acknowledge the people in the crowd. Pictures from the event made several of the larger newspapers throughout the nation. I remeber several kids putting pennies on the track before the train came through and then collecting the flattened pennies as souveniers when the train left. Most of the train crew coming into town and leaving town were Washington residents. All the crews for the entire trip were selected from railroaders who were veterans of WWII and had served under Ike in Europe.
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I remember Dad picking sis and I up and school and taking us to the depot. I think most of Washington was there. Thanks for that history of the train, very interesting/
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I was just a little kid, but my father put a penny on the track for me as luck would have it we never found the penny.
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I remember the train. We also placed a penny on the track. I can remember alot of people was all along the track. I also remember passanger trains going thru town all the time.
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I can remember Dad putting me on his shoulders so I could get a better look. I cant believe I can recall that day because I was very young.
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