After a nearly two-year hiatus, the 1891 narrow gauge steam locomotive that has been a mainstay of events at McMillan Park since 1960 returned in time for the annual event last Labor Day. The engine was pulled off the tracks for a major overhaul in 2009 and 2010.
“This engine is one of only two left in existence in the United States with the particular valve gear it’s got. It’s a historical piece,” said Matt Crull of Mount Pleasant, president of the Midwest Central Railroad, the not-for-profit volunteer group that operates trains on the tracks around the park.
Crull said the locomotive is historical for Iowa because it ran here longer than it ran on any other railroad. Continued