Eisenhower steam engine moving back into National Railroad Museum

ASHWAUBENON – Crews have been working to return a locomotive back to its home.

The Dwight D. Eisenhower locomotive is back inside the National Railroad Museum in Ashwaubenon from a two-year loan to a museum in England.

The steam engine arrived earlier this month, onboard a special flatbed car that had tracks on it. Museum officials say a special ramp system had to be built.

Sunday night, crews started process of moving the locomotive back to its original exhibit spot. That’s on the opposite site of the floor from the train tracks that go into the building, so crews are slowly moving it.

“Essentially what has been done so far is there’s a jack system that will lift up the locomotive and then once it gets into position, there is basically a little sled that goes underneath another hydraulic jack system that will move it across the building. So with this jacks, that’ll move it and that’s what’s moving it right across right now,” said Daniel Liedtke, the museum’s operations manager and curator.

The hydraulic jacks can move the 130 ton train about three feet an hour.

The public can see the locomotive once again, starting August 2.

England originally donated the Eisenhower to the National Railroad Museum in 1964.

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