2015 Lincoln Train organization falls $100,000 short of goal

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ELGIN - Officials from the 2015 Lincoln Train organization say that fundraising efforts to recreate the train trip that brought Abraham Lincoln's body from Washington, D.C. to Springfield has fallen short of its goal.

As part of the commemorations of the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's death, organizers hoped to have a replica of Abraham Lincoln's funeral train car travel from Washington, D.C. to Springfield.  However, officials say they fell about $100,000 short of their goal.

The replica train car was built over approximately six years by Elgin resident and master mechanic David Kloke.  Kloke's replica is expected to be on display at a Springfield fundraising gala in May.  However, it is unknown whether the 48-foot-long train car will be featured in the official commemorative events scheduled to take place in Springfield.
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