A reader describes the working train engine replica he built in the mid-1970s and where he's displayed it.
This train engine replica has been a big hit at parades since it was built in 1976.
I am a retired farmer almost 80 years old. I built a replica of a train engine in 1976. We took it to the Nebraska State Fair that year. A few years ago we took a picture when we entered the train in our hometown parade, and now I've sent a copy of that picture to you. The train is 18 feet long and 8 feet tall at the stack. I got a helping hand from neighbor Harold Ritter. He has a big shop on his farm and he helped me over the hump a few times.
I have seven children who enjoyed the train when they were growing up. Now I have nine grandchildren who enjoy riding in the train.
Frank J. Hecht