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September 13, 2012

The Little Engine That Came to Be

Marine, IL-- This little engine at Mills Apple Farm was six years and untold hours in the making in Keith Mills’ garage in Marine, IL. The frame, wheels, and track are made of wood. It is driven by a battery powered electric motor. It puffs smoke and has a whistle and bell for the engineer to operate. It was started for Grandson Blake Martin (pictured, 9 years old), and daughter Kaylee Mills, when they were 3 and 2 respectively.

It is now on display at Mills Apple Farm on weekends and is available for little kids to drive around the circular wooden track for a nominal fee.

The project stemmed from an article that Mills read in Popular Science magazine when he was ten years old. He did an internet search and found the plans. After much hard work, he realized a dream he had had for almost forty years.

Mills Apple Farm is located on Pocahontas Road between Marine and Grantfork, IL. The farm is open for business Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 to 5:00. It is closed on Mondays. For more information visit