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

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