Historic train removal in Fall River

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FALL RIVER, MA (WPRI)- A piece of Fall River history is set for departure. If you’ve ever visited the McDonald’s restaurant on William S. Canning Boulevard, you’ve seen the train car that dozens of people ate inside of for years.

The train itself is almost seven decades old. It was once a part of the restaurant, but now it just sits empty.

The locations owner & operator Rich Hogan tells Eyewitness News in a statement,”the train at our Fall River location will be removed in 2018 as part of an upcoming restaurant remodel. Future plans for the train are still being determined at this point, but we hope the city or another interested party may find a home for it given the historical significance.”

The train came to Fall River in May of 1982 on a flatbed trailer, so it’s now considered one of the city’s historical structures.

That means the owner needs to consult with the historical commission before making moves.

The company that wants to buy the train is based out of Portsmouth and Newport. They say if they do get it, they’re going to make it into an ice cream car for kids.

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