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Logansport steam engine a star

– The history of a steam engine built 132 years ago this month in Logansport was chronicled in a recently published book.

One of the stories Mark A. Stevens covered as publisher of the Erwin Record in Erwin, Tennessee, was community members’ efforts to bring the Clinchfield No. 1 steam engine back to the town.

A.J “Alf” Peoples, a retired locomotive engineer whose career began as a car marshal on the Clinchfield No. 1, was one of his sources.

The reporter and the source became friends and eventually co-authors as the two set out to publish “The One & Only: A Pictorial History of the Clinchfield No. 1,” a 500-photo volume that came out last year.

Stevens and Peoples realized if a picture is worth a thousand words, they had the beginnings of what could be a definitive history book.

The two hunted down even more information and conducted interviews with those knowledgeable of the train to write the recently published “The Clinchfield No. 1; Tennessee’s Legendary Steam Engine.”

Its first mention in print, Stevens said, was in the Logansport Weekly Pharos in the summer of 1882, the year it was built by the Panhandle Company shops that formerly did business in town.