Local man to help restore presidential train

It was Air Force One before there was air travel. The Ferdinand Magellan railcar transported presidents across the nation, and a local man is traveling to Miami to help restore it. He says it’s part of his duty in serving his country

With his military background in the Marine Corps, detailing was a natural fit. Leslie Arnett owns Corporal Clean Auto Detail in Paducah.

"Anyone who knows me even after the military, they are not surprised at all that this is what I do," he says.

Arnett says he always remembers his days in the service on any job, presidential or not. "That’s honor. That’s one of the character traits that the Marine Corps, when you’re in the Marine Corp basic training," he says.

For the two-day, team-detail restoration project on the presidential train, he says he’ll get his hands on a piece of history. He’s working to prove nationwide his knack to see the spots you can’t.

"I’m not dirt blind; I can see every little thing, and that’s my issue," he says.

Detailing is more than waxing a car. It can involve more than 60 steps for some projects. Arnett says with so much history on the line, it’s not without its challenges, but he says it’s his passion for the job and his country that he continues to serve no matter what the job is.

"Every little thing that we do is someway honoring that and teaching others what the characteristic of honor is," he says.

Arnett says he’s donating his time and service to restore the train.

He says it will be on display at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum in Miami, Florida.

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