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Woodford County: Gramling steam engine coming to Bluegrass Railroad Museum in Versailles

Sadie, Gramling Steam Engine Locomotive No. 126, will be at the Bluegrass Railroad Museum in Versailles Saturday and Sunday and Aug. 27-28.
Sadie, Gramling Steam Engine Locomotive No. 126, will be at the Bluegrass Railroad Museum in Versailles Saturday and Sunday and Aug. 27-28. Photo provided

A working coal-fired steam engine, built in 1931, will pull the excursion train at the Bluegrass Railroad Museum in Versailles twice daily Saturday and Sunday and Aug. 27-28. Locomotive No. 126, nicknamed “Sadie,” was built for and used by the Lehigh Valley Coal Co. to shift cars at a coal mine.

The steam engine was purchased by John Gramling, and he and his son restored it to working condition. The Gramlings take their steam engine to various railroad venues in the eastern United States each summer to entertain and educate visitors about the role steam played in the development of the railroads in the country.

The Bluegrass Railroad Museum, originally chartered in 1976, is bringing the steam engine to Versailles to help celebrate its 40th anniversary.

The train will depart from the Versailles station at 2 and 5 p.m. for a two-hour ride, including a photo run-by when passengers will be allowed to disembark to see and photograph the train as it steams across an antique wooden trestle. For more information or to buy tickets, go to BluegrassRailroad.com.

History Mobile to be at Woodford County Park Sept. 3-4

The Kentucky Historical Society’s History Mobile will be at Woodford County Park Sept. 3-4. Visitors may tour the free exhibit, titled “Torn from Within and Threatened from Without — Kentuckians during the Civil War,” from noon to 4 p.m. each day. The newest KHS HistoryMobile exhibit explores the decisions made by eight everyday Kentuckians, and the impact they had on the Civil War.

The visit by the History Mobile coincides with the Bluegrass Railroad Civil War train. Visitors may also visit a tent encampment with soldiers in uniform and women in period dresses, ride a train with Civil War soldiers, and attend a wedding between a Union soldier and an southern belle.

More information and train tickets are available at BluegrassRailroad.com.

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