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CSX train built by SCC students will be in Christmas parade

In 2007, students in the Welding Technology program on the SCC Laurel Campus started building a CSX train. All parts and metal were donated by CSX Railroad, a plan and outline was made, and the journey began.

The process has lasted for three years and now the train is complete. Complete with all original locomotive parts and equipment such as lights, mirrors, seats, horn and bell.

Jim Meadors, Instructor for Welding Technology, commented, This has been a class project that has lasted three years. Students enrolled in Welding, Automotive Technology, Carpentry, Air Conditioning Technology and Collision Repair have helped with the train. Its been a work in progress and most of our students have contributed to the success.

Meadors would like to acknowledge the first group of students who took the project and ran with it. George Stephens of Whitley County, Tommy Barton of Laurel County, Ben Holt of Laurel County, Justin Hunter of Laurel County, Bobby Towe of Jackson County, Greg Pfeiffer of Whitley County, and Anthony McFarland of Knox County. Meadors added, Without this group of guys, the project would have never started. They built the train from the ground up.

The train will become the Polar Express for the London Christmas Parade held on Friday, December 3. Then it will travel to the Somerset Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 4. After the holidays, the train will be on display at CSX Railroad in Corbin.