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In 1877, in the small city of Lima, OH, Lima Machine Works was established, the company eventually became Lima Locomotive and Machine Company. In 1941 the company built the Pere Marquette 1225 Steam locomotive for the Pere Marquette Railway in Michigan. At that time the cost of a new locomotive was $200,000 what would be $3,476,471 today.
The locomotive was used for ten years and ran between Flint, Detroit, Toledo, Saginaw, Grand Rapids, and Chicago, IL; hauling freight for Michigan farms and factories. For the first part of its service it was used to haul wartime freight between Michigan and Indiana.
The Pere Marquette 1225 is 16ft tall, 101ft long, and weighs in at a whopping 440 tons. The locomotive retired in 1951 in favor of diesel locomotives. It was saved from the scrapyard in 1957 by Michigan University to be studied by engineering students. It remained on static display near Spartan Stadium on the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing, MI from 1957 until 1971. While on display, a child, Chris Van Allsburg used to stop by the locomotive on football weekends on the way to the game with his father.
In 1975 boiler on the Pere Marquette 1225 was fired and it's whistle blew for the first time in two decades. The Pere Marquette 1225 was fully restored and operates excursion trains over the Great Lakes Central Railroad. Since 2004, 1225 has hauled passengers on weekends between Thanksgiving and mid-December. Due to copywrite issues, it's known as the North Pole Express. BUT, that young boy who visited the Per Marquette 1225, Chris Van Allsburg? He wrote a now famous book, that turned into an Oscar nominated movie starring Tom Hanks. The Polar Express.
Chris Van Allsburg is the author of over 20 children's books in addition to The Polar Express, including Jumanji and Zathrua -both of which have been adapted into movies.
Written in 1986, The Polar Express won the Caldecott Medal -an award for the year's most distinguished American picture book for children.
To Van Allsburg, the connection to his story and the Pere Marquette were obvious. 1225, 12/25, Christmas Day.
In 1999 Tom Hanks bought the movie rights to the book, part of the purchase indicated that the movie could not be animated. However, director Robert Zemeckis felt that he couldn't capture the spirit of the book in a live action feature. Instead, the movie became the first all digital capture film, a feat that took over four years to create.
Have you seen the movie? Blueprints for the Pere Marquette were used in the building of the digital train, and when you hear the train chug chugging away... That's the actual train making the noise. Below are two different clips, one of the Pere Marquette and one from the Movie (which is actually the same train, but you can compare.)
Here at the Library, we have both 'The Polar Express' book and movie, as well as some other books by Chris Van Allsburg. Give us a call to check them out!
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