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August 19, 2002

Albany - In the 1850's, Albany was a hub for train traffic across the Southeast. Now, the Thronateeska Heritage Center is restoring several pieces of Albany history from this era.

The Center started its train restoration project months ago, revamping a mail car and a caboose. Today, crews cleaned asbestos from the train steam engine, used more than a century ago to motor freight and people through this area.

You will soon be able to jump aboard this historical locomotive. "You'll be able to catch a close up look at the train. We also hope to place exhibits inside each car," said Tommy Gregors, Thronateeska Executive Director.

The $500,000 train restoration is a sales tax project. Thronateeska also plans to restore an adjacent train depot built in 1865.

Posted at 4:08 by kathryn.murchison@walb.com