Historic Collinwood Train Returns Home
By: Michael F. Cavotta
Like many of us, growing up, I saw the Collinwood train many times roving the neighborhood and at Euclid Beach Park. As a kid, I was always into train so it had special appeal to me. I can still recall the belching black smoke and hissing steam as it chugged along blasting its loud whistle and clanging bell. I am glad to say after being gone more than a quarter century, through the efforts of the CHS Alumni Association and help from Councilman Michael Polensek, is safely stored back in our community.
There is an interesting history behind the Collinwood Train, number 999. In the late 1890’s, no vehicle on Earth reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. That barrier was analogous to our modern era sound barrier. At that time New York Central, interested in changing its negative business practice image, decided to crack this land speed barrier prior to the World Exposition in Chicago. Their PR stunt accomplished this feat and NYC was a big hit at the exposition. About 50 years later, in honor of the 999’s historic run, workers at the Collinwood Yards built a replica of the it and as they say, the rest is history!
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