Community members rally to keep train engine at Roeding Park

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Community leaders are rallying together to make sure a historic train located at Roeding Park in Fresno doesn’t move to Kingsburg.

A Southern Pacific train engine was donated to the city of Fresno in 1956, the agreement was to keep it up but over the years the city has had a hard time maintaining this locomotive.

The Friend of the Historic Kingsburg Depot were interested in this train engine and reached out to the city of Fresno to see if they would be willing to donate the train.

On Thursday, the Fresno city council tabled the debate on the donation after community members spoke in support of keeping the train at Roeding park.

Scott Miller, a concerned community member and past board member of Storyland-Playland Park is trying to make sure it stays put.

“The fact that so many people have raised so much money to rebuild this park over the past few years around a train theme and than the city government is taking steps to give away our train without even so much as a phone call or an email. It was upsetting to us,” Miller said.

Miller said the train engine already has a home.

‘This is why that train is important to us, we also have a train station, we also tell the history of the way trains helped our city and our region developed,” he said.

Council member Miguel Arias said he wants to work with those community members to come up with an arrangement for this train engine.

“It’s time for us to have that discussion as a community, are people willing to reinvest and protect our historical amenities or do they just want to keep them for the sake of memories,” Arias said.

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