- Associated Press - Sunday, October 12, 2014

LAUREL, Miss. (AP) - The city of Laurel is asking the Mississippi Department of Transportation for money to restore a steam locomotive now located at Daphne Park.

The Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/ZS5L7o ) grant writer Whitney Pickering told city council members this week that the steam engine dates back to 1916 and was once used by the Illinois Central Railroad.

Masonite Corporation reportedly purchased it in the 1940s and it was donated to the Junior Chamber of Commerce in the 1950s.

Officials say the restoration of the train would be a cost to the city but the grant could be used for the construction of a shed to cover the steam engine.

The locomotive is 16 feet wide and 66 feet long and the proposed shed would be 30 feet wide and 80 feet long.

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