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Eisenhower Locomotive Back Inside Museum

Ashwaubenon -

After a two year journey to England, the Eisenhower locomotive is now back inside the National Railroad Museum in Ashwaubenon.

It's a move that took more than eight hours.

It started Sunday evening with crews getting the Eisenhower train off of flatbeds and into the museum.

"The beam right over here has caused the biggest challenge. The locomotive has just enough space to fit between that and the trains behind us here. So, you really have to from the start make sure you have it lined up right," explained operations manager at the National Railroad Museum Dan Liedtke.

"We've had to lift the locomotive and the tender using the hydraulic jacks and a special system which reverses them sideways about 90 feet from where we brought them into the building," added Andrew Goodman with Move Right International Ltd., which helped transporting the train to London.

Liedtke says the most difficult part is getting the train cars jacked up.

Then it's getting them in place, a process so slow the cars only move about three feet per hour.

Now that the tender and the locomotive are back in the original spot on the museum floor, both are covered by a red tarp.

That's because they got a bit of a facelift while they were away, which the museum will show off later this summer.

"They did the correct paint schemes that they would've had at the time. They re-did everything and added some things we were missing. So, they did a fantastic job," said Liedtke.

The Eisenhower is one of only six A4 locomotives left in the world.

It was on display in York, England at a museum and was such a hit a British business man offered a million dollars for it, which was turned down.

"It's coming home now to us. It's a lot of excitement there," said Liedtke.

The Eisenhower and a brand new exhibit to go with it will open with a celebration on August 2.


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