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TISKILWA/SHEFFIELD — The Tiskilwa and Sheffield fire departments are expecting good crowds for Sunday’s steam train rides between the two towns.

The Tiskilwa and Sheffield fire departments are joining efforts with the Iowa Interstate Railroad to provide Sunday’s round-trip steam train rides from Tiskilwa to Sheffield and from Sheffield to Tiskilwa.

On Thursday, Tiskilwa Fire Chief Randy Philhower said 800 tickets were made available for Sunday’s event, with the tickets split equally between the two fire departments. As of Thursday morning, he only had four tickets left, and he expected them to be long gone before Sunday.

The steam train holds 800 people, with 400 people allowed on the first ride from Tiskilwa to Sheffield where another 400 people will board the train, Philhower said. The steam train will then return to Tiskilwa where the first 400 Tiskilwa passengers will depart the train and the second group of 400 passengers will board. The train will then head back to Sheffield where the second group of Sheffield passengers will be ready to board.

Philhower said he’s been a bit surprised at such a good turnout for the steam train ride, but it’s a great way for people to experience a piece of history.

Money raised by the Tiskilwa Fire Department from Sunday’s event will be used to get equipment for the department’s new fire truck, Philhower said.

On Thursday, Sheffield Fire Chief Andy Lanxon said he had 60 tickets left right then, but expected them to be gone by Sunday. Of course, people can come and watch the steam train and enjoy that experience, even if they don’t get a ride, he said.

Lanxon said the money raised on Sunday will go for a new brush truck for the Sheffield Fire Department. The department will also have a golf outing today, Saturday, with a raffle and auction, with all proceeds going for the new brush truck.

Also, both the Sheffield and Tiskilwa fire departments will have a lunch stand available on Sunday to raise money.

Trains from Tiskilwa will leave 9 a.m. and return at 11:15 a.m. or leave at noon and return at 2:15 p.m. Trains from Sheffield will leave at 10:30 a.m. and return at 12:45 p.m. or leave at 1:30 p.m. and return at 3:45 p.m.

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