Locomotive Facts

• Full-size operating steam locomotive.
• Exact replica of a locomotive built in 1868 by Schenectady Locomotive Works in New York for the Central Pacific Railroad in Sacramento, California.
• Operates on Standard Gauge tracks used in the United States.
• Burns oil in the firebox in order to boil water which makes the steam. The original locomotive burned wood.
• The car behind the locomotive carries the fuel and water, known as the “Tender.”
• This type of locomotive is known by its wheel arrangement, 4-4-0, which is called the “American Standard” type and was the most commonly used from the 1850’s through the 1870’s.
• Locomotives of this era were all outfitted with elaborate brass or bright work with elaborate lettering and painting.
• This locomotive was completed in 2009 by Dave Kloke of Elgin, Illinois.
• Between 2009 and 2015, this locomotive was rented by tourist railroads around the country to operate for special events. Special trailers were built to haul it.
• Purchased by Stone Gables Estate in 2018 for operation on yet-to be completed three miles of railroad, of which .62 miles of the 1838 right-of-way is reconstructed. The original Lincoln funeral train passed on this route on April 22, 1865; the Liberty Bell Train passed on this route in 1915.

Lincoln Funeral Car Specs

  • 1865
  • 2015
Lincoln Funeral Train 1800s

Official name: “United States”
Built by: United States Military Railroad
Shop Superintendent: B. P. Lamason
Built in: Alexandria, Virginia
Date completed: March, 1865
Time to build: 16 months
Funded by: United States Military/War Department
Original purpose: Presidential State Coach
Height: Approximately 13 feet (on trucks)
Length: 48 feet
Layout: Two parlors on each end; stateroom in the center; corridor down the length of one side
Exterior paint color: Chocolate Brown
Interior paint color (clerestory): Zinc White
Gauge: Double trucks allowed for operation on railroads with varying gauges (U.S. Standard Gauge was not yet in place)
Windows: 42, plus one in each end door
Interior walls: “Upholstered from seat rail to headlining with rich crimson silk.”
Interior woodwork: Black walnut and oak
Headlining: “Tufted crimson silk, gathered into rosettes in the center.”
Curtains: Green silk
Woodstoves: Two Spear-style heaters, one in each parlor in opposite corners
Note: The original Lincoln funeral car was destroyed by fire in 1911.

Official name: “United States”
Built by: Historic Railroad Equipment Association
Year completed: 2015
Time to build: 3 1/2 years
Built in: Elgin, Illinois
Funded by: Dave Kloke, private donations
Number of project volunteers: About 30
Height: 13 feet (on trucks)
Weight: 67,000 lbs. (including trucks)
Length: 48 feet
Furnishings: Many donated period pieces
Exterior paint color: Chocolate Brown
Interior paint color-clerestory: Zinc White
Gauge: U.S. Standard (4 feet, 8.5 inches)
Windows: 42; etched pattern is identical to 1865
Carpet: Period design by Family Heirloom Weavers
Railings: Hand-forged by blacksmiths
Gold leafing: Drawn and applied by hand
Bunting: Hand-sewn and gathered
Window latches: From a period rail car
Interior crimson silk: Installed by hand
Interior woodwork/trim: 2,000 linear feet
Woodstoves: Period reproduction Spear-style, funded entirely through donations
Stateroom quilt: Family Heirloom Weavers
Curtains: Hand-sewn
Paintings: Donated two antiques, one reproduction
Interior lamps (hanging): Period reproductions
Eagle painting (exterior): Hand-painted by a professional artist who used only an 1865 photo for reference