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Charlton Park in Hastings

Unread postby SD80MAC » Thu Feb 06, 2020 11:53 pm

When I was in second grade, we took a field trip to the pioneer village at Charlton Park in Hastings. This would have been in the late 90s. I swear there was some kind of a railroad display there, as I recall seeing some kind of an engine shed and a small diesel switcher. Can anyone confirm this, or am I crazy? Their website doesn’t show anything having to do with trains.
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Re: Charlton Park in Hastings

Unread postby Jetlink » Fri Feb 07, 2020 12:05 pm

I've been to Charlton Park many times. I do not recall a diesel switcher there. I asked Leslie (her grandparents live on Charlton Park road less than a mile away). She says they did have some sort of a train there. I don't remember it though. I'll start quizzing down the locals.
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Re: Charlton Park in Hastings

Unread postby NS3322 » Sat Feb 08, 2020 6:48 pm

There is indeed a locomotive at Charlton Park. The locomotive is a 1920’s small gauge engine built by the Midwest Locomotive Works in Hamilton, Ohio. I was told via email in 2016 that the last time the train operated was sometime in late 90’s or early 2000’s. It is currently housed in a small shed over by the river with approximately 20 feet of track and it is rolled out during special events. It was used at the Battle Creek sewage treatment plant from 1920 to around 1960.

Here is a link on its history:
https://charltonpark.wordpress.com/2010 ... 20s-train/

I intend to pay this locomotive a visit sometime in the spring. I was told via another email in 2018 that it is now in storage (whatever that means).

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Re: Charlton Park in Hastings

Unread postby SD80MAC » Sat Feb 08, 2020 9:20 pm

Yes, that’s it! I was going to edit my post to say it looked like a small Plymouth or a Whitcomb. I remember seeing it in the shed with a small section of track leading out of it. Thanks!
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Re: Charlton Park in Hastings

Unread postby CAT345C » Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:22 pm

Does anybody know Eddie Gross? He seems to have a photo of just about everything in the state.
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Re: Charlton Park in Hastings

Unread postby NS3322 » Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:17 pm

CAT345C wrote:Does anybody know Eddie Gross? He seems to have a photo of just about everything in the state.


I have spoken with him via email several times. He is definitely a real person. :)
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