TOPEKA - (January 23, 2018) - Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt released the following statement on today's announced settlement of a lawsuit involving the future of the historic Santa Fe steam locomotive currently located on the grounds of the Kansas Expocentre:
"Years ago, the historic steam locomotive was a gift from the Santa Fe Railroad to the Topeka community in celebration of our capital city's rich railroad heritage. When a dispute over the locomotive's future arose in recent years, the attorney general's office became involved to represent the public interest in preserving that gift for its intended benefit. I am grateful for the good-faith and professional efforts of all parties involved to reach a mutually beneficial outcome. We expect this settlement to keep the locomotive based in Topeka, and I am hopeful it also will allow for the locomotive's restoration and productive use."
The lawsuit, Sustainable Rail International, Inc., D/B/A Coalition for Sustainable Rail, v. Topeka Children and Santa Fe Railroad, Inc., et al., Case No. 2014-CV-500, Shawnee County District Court, was filed May 21, 2014. The settlement was announced today by the Coalition for Sustainable Rail.