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Train Expo 2014 underway in Owosso

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OWOSSO (WJRT) - (06/19/14) - It's considered the biggest railroading event of its kind in the country - Train Expo 2014 is underway in Owosso.

"This is big, big, big. This is all things trains, you bet. You don't see this many steam locomotives in one spot at one time everyday," said Terry Bush, Steam Railroading Institute Event Mgr.

The Expo features trains, planes and classic cars, along with a carnival. Tickets have been sold to steam engine enthusiasts across the globe.

"Australia being the farthest, Germany, France, Canada, England, people are coming because it's such a rare occurrence, and we're glad to have them," Bush said.

The Steam Rail Roading Institute is expecting Owosso to see its biggest economic boost since the last expo was held in 2009. That year, more than 35,000 visitors dropped by for the inaugural event.

"If you need a hotel room, you're going to have to go to Lansing or Flint to get one. Our businesses and restaurants are all going to fair well for this event," Bush said.

Eight vintage locomotives have ridden the rails into Owosso for this weekend's big expo. Among them - Big Red, the Leviathon. It came all the way from Springfield, Illinois.

"It is a replica of the Lincoln Funeral Train Locomotive," Bush said.

The Expo also has a few engines from out of town that you might say - have gone Hollywood.

"They have a Flag Cole 75, which they call Hank the Tank. These gentleman have their own TV show on public television called "Have Steam Train Will Travel," so we've got celebrities here," Bush said.

Each one of these celebrity trains casts off that undeniable classic steam engine sound and smell.

"That's the beauty of it. Inhale, enjoy it," Bush said.

The carnival is open now and the special train rides begin on Friday.

For a schedule of Train Expo events, click HERE
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