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June 4, 2010                                          Contact Information:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                 Laurel Potter
                                                      Office: (253) 255-4727

       Rare Train Engine to Debut as Permanent Historical Exhibit in Fife, Washington

Fife, WA – Traffic in Fife might be a little crowded on the morning of Saturday, June

19th. The City of Fife plans to move the 152,000 ton Chehalis & Western American

Locomotive Company (ALCO) C-415 #684 Train Engine from Progressive Rail Services

to the engine’s permanent home in Dacca Park.

          Thanks to generous discounted rates by local businesses American Fast Freight,

Omega, Tacoma Rail, and NesCrane, the cost of moving the engine was cut in half,

allowing the City to display it for the general public to enjoy.

          Fife Mayor Barry Johnson said, “Number 684 will be a great addition to the city,

providing citizens and tourists with a great piece of our history. We can’t thank

American Fast Freight, NesCrane, Tacoma Rail, and Omega enough.”

          The engine will be moved over 54th Avenue at 7:00 a.m. on June 19th. Minimal

traffic implications are expected, but alternate routes are suggested until 12:00 p.m. that


          A dedication for the new engine display will be held on Saturday, October 2nd at

the Annual Fife Harvest Festival.

Engine History

       This rare engine, only 26 were sold and only four survive today, will be on

permanent display at Dacca Park in Fife. Engine #684 was built by ALCO in July of

1968 and delivered to the Chehalis & Western Railroad, a Weyerhaeuser property in

Western Washington. Engine #684 is widely known as a “lemon” because of the

generator/engine split design which causes it to slip while towing heavy loads.

           Engine #684 spent most of its time running on the Curtis, Milburn and Eastern

  railroads, which later became part of the Chehalis & Western. The lines ran log trains

from Western Junction (in the Tenino area) to the Port of Tacoma. These trains made a

“back-up” move when they entered the Union Pacific switch yard in Fife on their way to

the Tacoma Rails main yard in the Port. Here the trains were delivered to a trans-loader

for overseas shipment. This operation ran from 1980-1992.

       The Engine and Caboose serve as a reminder of Fife’s close ties with the area

railroads. At some point in history Fife was served by the following railroads:

Milwaukee Road, Union Pacific, Puget Sound Electric Railway, and Chehalis & Western.

Today Fife is home to the Union Pacific Railroads-Tacoma Yard that serves the Port and

many local industries, making Fife an important player in the region’s transportation



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