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Picnic marks part of Emporia's railroad history

By Monty Thompson/KVOE News

Saturday afternoon got underway with the fifth annual Big Four railroad reunion picnic at Peter Pan Park. 

The Big Four railway unions -- including engineers, brakemen, firemen, switchmen, conductors and yardmen -- began holding annual picnics for employees in 1927.

Former member Mick Lang says the picnic has always been a great way of celebrating the history of the railroad. The Big Four picnic has a decades-long history in Emporia, which was a central location for the Middle Division.

Most members have either moved to Kansas City or stayed in Emporia, but Lang says the event continues to be a way for old friends to get together and share stories and memories. 

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