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City of Lincoln Hoping Railways Can Help Get Economy "On Track"

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Lincoln - In 1853 President Abraham Lincoln christened the city baring his name.

Trains were a big part of the city of Lincoln's early growth.

Mayor Keith Snyder hopes the railways can do that again for the city.

Lincoln city leaders, long with the department of transportation, wants to buy the historic Lincoln Depot.

"We don't know exactly what we would use the facility for, apart from the waiting station, but there would be some extra room that we may be able to something.  Perhaps have a conference center, or maybe a small sandwich place.  And if they look out the window and see that downtown Lincoln looks nice, they might come back and stop and stay and that would be an economic boom for us," Snyder said.

A boom that local business owners welcome.

Ed Malkowski, who owns the Owl's Roost in downtown Lincoln, told WAND News,"for the past 25 years or so, there's been little done with it. And anything that can revitalize Lincoln and bring something in, and bring investments in, and jobs in, it's good for the community."

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