COLUMBUS: A full-size replica of a steam locomotive that pulled Abraham Lincoln’s funeral car will visit Ohio this week.
The Leviathan 63 engine is part of the planned 2015 Lincoln Funeral Train project that will re-enact the U.S. president’s final journey from Washington D.C. to Springfield, Illinois. The Columbus Dispatch reports Ohio will get an advance look at the engine when it stops at the Lake Shore Railway Association in Wellington in Northeast Ohio this week and at the Ohio statehouse in Columbus the next week.
The visits are intended to help raise funds for completion of the Lincoln Funeral Car that will travel with the locomotive in 2015 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination. The re-created funeral train will pass through Ohio and six other states.