Visit Eau Claire hosts public forum for Soo Line Train in Eau Claire

Eau Claire (WQOW) – Visit Eau Claire hosted a forum on Wednesday to get community input on which track to take with the recently purchased historic Soo Line Engine.

City council members pitched some ideas on where to put the train once it gets to Eau Claire, and what the long-term setting may look like.

Many wanted to know how much it would cost to bring it to Eau Claire. Others said they were anxious to get it running again.

David Peterson has run the locomotive and said it simply needs its 15-year inspection. “But, there’s really nothing mechanically wrong with the locomotive, it’s just like I said in the meeting. It’s a very expensive oil change, ” he told News 18.

No final decision was made Wednesday. There is still time to weigh in. Visit Eau Claire is creating a fundraising and volunteer website. We will have a link to the website once it is up and running.

Justin Esterly

Justin Esterly

More News

STORMTRACKER 18 WEATHER
Osseo
22°
Menomonie
19°
Chetek
21°
Durand
23°
Ladysmith
22°
Neillsville
20°
Rice Lake
22°
New Richmond
24°
Black River Falls
21°
Medford
19°
River Falls
Duluth
23°
Green Bay
27°
La Crosse
22°
Madison
24°
Milwaukee
25°
Twin Cities
25°
Weather Outlook: A few flurries on the way but travel looks good

Weather Outlook: A few flurries on the way but travel looks good

Two rounds of flurries will pester the start to Turkey week, but travel conditions should be good for the holiday.

Connect With WQOW
Top Stories

UPDATE: 4 from Loyal, including 3 kids, killed in Apostle Island kayak incident

Sheriff Michael Brennan said Erik Fryman, 39, and his kids 3, 6 and 9-years-old died. The mom, Cari Mews, 29,

NEW: Missing Mondovi man found dead Wednesday afternoon

According to Mondovi Police Chief Colin Severson, the department is looking or Nathan D. Kummer who was reported missing by

UPDATE: Gas leak contained in Boyd

Boyd's fire chief told News 18 crews were digging up a leaking water line at Double D's Saloon and workers

Sex offender faces new charges in Eau Claire

A convicted sex offender living in Eau Claire is charged with two counts of first degree sexual assault of a

UPDATE: Middleton shooter was employee of business where he opened fire

The Middlelton Police department sent a phone message to residents about an active shooter.

Scroll to top
Skip to content