Wayne Wesolowski (Credit: Wayne Wesolowski)

Wayne Wesolowski, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, Benedictine University

Thursday, July 29, 2020, 2:30 – 3:30 pm, An Arizona Senior Academy Webinar* 

Note: the Arizona Senior Academy building is currently closed.

In 1864 the US Military Railroad System constructed an opulent 16-wheel private car, “The United States,” for President Lincoln. The train was used officially only once, starting out on April 21, 1865, when it carried Lincoln’s body on a twenty-day funeral trip from Washington DC to Springfield, IL, that included eleven open-coffin funeral stops. This presentation describes the result of ten years of historical research and construction, completed by Wayne Wesolowski in 1995, that resulted in a 15-foot-long, 1/12 scale model of the Lincoln funeral train. 

Lincoln Funeral Train – full scale replica (Credit: Kloke Locomotive Works/Kevin Adore)

The Lincoln Funeral Train model is now on permanent display at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, Illinois. Benedictine University and the Chicago Tribune McCormick Foundation were the project sponsors.  

Wayne Wesolowski was the director of the Lincoln Train Project at Benedictine University for more than ten years. He and his wife, Mary Cay, are the authors of The Lincoln Train is Coming and have written numerous articles on model trains. Wayne taught Chemistry and retired as Emeritus Professor and Chair at Benedictine University, Lisle, IL. From 2003 until 2014 he was Lecturer of Chemistry at the University of Arizona. Since moving here, Wayne has been creating a Civil War theme garden railroad.   

He earned a PhD in Chemistry at the University of Arizona.  His other interests include building model trains, playing the theater organ and xeriscaping his property. 

Written by Carol and Donald Gilzinger, Academy Village Volunteers

*Instructions for accessing the Webinar are available from info@arizonasenioracademy.org

July 29: “The Lincoln Train is Coming! Abraham Lincoln’s 1865 Funeral Train”