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WebXtra: Going back in time on the railroad

By Molly Reuter - bio | email

PALESTINE, TX (KLTV) - The Texas State Railroad is dedicating Memorial Day Weekend to our armed forces. This weekend, several WWII military vehicles will be on display at the Palestine Depot. There will also be historical re-enactors from the Revolutionary War period up to the present. New this year, an old railway car that's been dedicated to General George Patton.

Robert Gore of the Texas State Railroad says they wanted to do something different this year. They took an old 1928 railway post office car, that was in storage and turned it into General Patton's private command center. It includes a radio room, sleeping quarters and a storage room. Gore says the display shows the importance the railway system played during WWII.

"It was an important time in America's history because the second World War would not have been won without the rail system itself," said Gore. "The United States Army and the railway system got together and started shipping armory, equipment and men to the vital shipping ports and made the whole thing come about." The Armed Forces Memorial Day Weekend event starts at 10:00 a.m. at the Palestine Depot. The first military train ride will be at 11:00 a.m.  Veterans ride for free, otherwise it costs $10.00. The event continues on Sunday.

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