Photo courtesy of Jim Adams.

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Jim Adams takes his grandson out to see the retired steam locomotives stored in Centralia’s boneyard for eventual scrapping.


The 2500 just happened to be in this picture.


Jim started the effort to obtain one of these magnificent machines after seeing a couple of young friends down in the dumps about the scrapping.  The effort paid off as the president of the IC eventually agreed to donate an engine to the city.


The first choice was the 2600, since it was the first engine built completely at the Paducah shops.  However, as  it worked out the 2500 was chosen because as Jim says “It was here”.

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