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Postal Railcar Moves to Redings Mill to Become Ice Cream Shop

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From mining,to ice cream...Redings mill has a lot of history within its village.  Today a new piece of history made its way into the town, residents are about to get a sweet treat inside their city limits.


Syerra Kitchingham says "I never thought a train car would be down the street from my grandparents house".


"We love Anderson's Ice Cream, and with them starting all aboard ice cream company, we just had to be here so we took the day off to come out here and see the train arrive." Wes Braman and his sons, Chapel and Boston.


The new home for Anderson's Ice Cream made its way from Pittsburg all the way through Joplin before making its final stop along the tracks that sit just off Highway 86.


Derrick Tilton drove the rig to Joplin and says, "You have to decide how heavy it is when you first look at it, research your equipment, see what's best equipment to use for the job, and once you get started on it, you just keep going."


Weighing in at 134,000 pounds and 80 feet long, the Kansas City Southern mail car No. 34 was pulled through Joplin by tow trucks that helped lead the car through narrow street corners.


The town of Redings Mill is already rich in history, but residents say this postal car will now add to it.


"It's not everyday you get to see something like this, so I thought it was important that the boys years from now be able to say "I was there the day they delivered it" Braman says.


"He's got a great idea and he's getting a rounding applause, so we're excited" Redings Mill residents, David and Loretta Edwards say.


"We're going to give people the chance to board a real train to enjoy their ice cream after they leave the depot, which is where we'll make the ice cream and where we'll serve it." Billy Garrigan, the owner of the All Aboard Ice Cream Company says.


Garrigan also told us he plans on keeping the railcar looking as authentic as possible. They hope to add a fresh coat of paint.. and do some renovation on the inside before a preview day scheduled for the Christmas holiday.


It will be full steam ahead for the grand opening in Spring of 2015.


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