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December 17, 2013

Historic train lights winter nights

DUNCAN — About 60 train enthusiasts were able to enjoy holiday fun in their own style with the annual Lighting of the 905 this weekend.

Though the weather turned noses red and bare hands numb, inside the depot building there was hot cocoa and cookies to help all warm up. However, everyone braved the cold to see the lights on the 905 engine be turned on at 7 p.m. sharp.

“A lot of people have come up to me and said they came last year,” said Mike Stuckert, president of the Rock Island 905 Historical Society. “It’s a pretty good size crowd.”

This year, there were at least two new additions to the event. Lights on the wheels of the engine were of the rotating kind, making it seem as if the 905 might actually be moving. Also, inside the caboose which sits next to the depot, Santa was waiting to hear what each boy and girl wants for Christmas.

“We try to add new things as we go,” Stuckert said.

While some youngsters probably told Santa they want items along the lines of an Xbox or a new bike, there were a few children who might have requested something more along the lines of trains.

“I know everything about trains,” said Cooper Bell, as he pointed out various parts of the engine to his friend Alex Spradlin.

“This is my first time to see the lighting,” Spradlin said. “It’s cool.”

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