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Shelby Rotary Club's City Park Train Restoration Project

Image: Train operating in the 1970's.

Harold Weaver and Jerry Henry took on the mechanical restoration.
Image: Train at Armory 1998.
"You in there, Harold?"

Image: Train at Armory 1998. Image: Train at Armory 1998. Image: Train at Armory 1998.
Image: Catalog graphic from the 1950's.
The "Rotary Special" was purchased brand new by the Shelby Rotarians for the City Park in 1952. It is an Alan Herschell Miniature Train G-16 Streamliner model that was a faithful scale replica of the classic F-3 diesel that actually is powered by a four cylinder air-cooled Wisconsin engine.The Restoration of the Train itself was completed and installed on brand new track in the spring of 2000. It ran at the Foothills Merry-Go Round Festival in April of 2000, and at the festival in 2001. It then ran for about a month until the Depot construction project began on June 6, 2001. The train opened for good at the 2002 Foothills Merry-Go-Round Festival April 27th. Tony Izzi is the head "Engineer" for the Rotary Club.

    Image: Architect rendering of the station

For information on the restoration contact Tony Izzi at 704-487-8888. Shelby Rotary Club Foundation, P.O.Box 1530, Shelby, NC 28151. Click here for Depot Construction pictures.

Contact the Shelby  Parks and Recreation Department at (704) 484-6839 [main office] or (704) 484-6476 [Carrousel and Train].

Image: Train operating in the 1970's. Image: Train operating in May, 2001.

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