CIRCLEVILLE– The Pickaway County Park Board has offered the train engine that is located on the fairgrounds property, and it is going to shortly be transferred to its new house in Kutztown, PA..
Randy Smith, reasonable board director, said the board had initially planned to provide the train off to anyone who might transport it.
“We had been talking at first about the way we were going to give it out and that’s how it began,” he explained. “Then we found out there was no money in it. Thus, we then decided to take proposals and also we had four finalists with proposals. We then decided who we did because it seemed to be the finest one of the proposals.”
Smith said Allentown and Auburn Railroad bought the engine. They’re a small railroad company with about four miles of track that offers train trips and events.
“They’re likely to have it running and put it into support for their own track,” Smith explained. “They’re a whole lot of individuals who got that like trains. It is like the guys back in Logan with Hocking Valley Scenic Railway. It is going to a good house and they’re likely to look after this train.”
Smith said the fair board will place the sale money to use.
“We are likely to rehabilitation and refurbish the grandstand and make it handicap accessible,” he explained. “That’s where all the money will go. It is a win-win for everyone.”
Smith also noted that when they were planning the railway to be transferred, which doesn’t have a setup yet as Allentown gets their paperwork in order, the signal that went with all the train was stolen and he is actively seeking its recurrence.
“If anyone has it they could reunite to the fair board workplace and no questions will be requested,” he explained.