A railroad operator in a small Illinois town has gone on a hunger strike, and he wants to stay there.
The owner of the railroad in Maeklong, Ill., has been on a sick leave since November 23, when he became ill.
His health has deteriorated dramatically since he was taken to the hospital, and his doctors have told him that he should stay on the sick list.
The state Department of Public Health said the county hospital has not treated him.
The city of Maekfield is not responding to calls for comment.
State Rep. Michael Baumgartner (D-Chicago), who represents the town, said the hospital has to keep him on the ward.
“I don’t want to go back to that hospital, because I know it is not going to be the same,” he said.
The Illinois Railway Museum has put up posters in the area advertising the train’s history and giving away rare items.
The museum said it was not aware of the hospital’s plans for the railroad and is waiting to learn more.
A representative for the state Department for Public Health could not be reached for comment, and the Illinois Railroad Museum did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
The railroad in Illinois was a mainstay in the American west for decades before it was closed in the late 1950s, and it was one of the largest in the country until the 1980s.