Civil War-era steam engine comes to Versailles Aug. 30-31
The Bluegrass Railroad Museum has reached an agreement with the Lincoln Funeral Train project to bring a working reproduction of a Civil War-era steam engine, the Leviathan, to Versailles for a Civil War weekend Aug. 30 and 31. The steam engine will be used to pull the Bluegrass Railroad excursion train. Passengers will see a mock Civil War skirmish during the 75-minute train ride. Trains will depart at 2 and 4 p.m.
A steam engine of this type (4-4-0 American) pulled Abraham Lincoln's funeral train in 1865 from Washington, D.C., to Illinois. Half of all ticket sales for the event will be donated to the Lincoln Train project. This funding will help complete the construction of a reproduction Lincoln funeral car, which will retrace the route of the original funeral train next summer to mark the 150th anniversary of the event.
Tickets are $19-$35 and can be purchased at Bluegrassrailroad.com or by calling (859) 873-2476.