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Zinter brothers seek closure for their father in Havre


Last updated 4/14/2023 at 11:43am

Havre Daily News/Patrick Johnston

Brothers Gary, left, and Ervin Zinter stand in front of Engine 2584 outside of the BNSF Railway offices in Havre.

Two brothers, on a mission for closure, came to Havre this week to see Great Northern Railway Steam Engine 2584, a sister engine to the one their father died on back in 1945 in a crash.

Brothers Gary and Ervin Zinter, who arrived this week in Havre by train from St. Paul, Minnesota, lost their father, also named Ervin Zinter, to a train crash with Engine 2581 in 1947 when the former was only 5 years old and the latter was only 5 days old, and they view this trip, in part, as a quest for closure.

"I felt like it was something I needed to do," said Gary Zinter "... I was kind of on a missio...

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