The restoration of MKT Inspection car 1045 is almost complete.
The Le Flore Depot has arrived at the museum and work is underway to prepare its foundation. The plan is to put the gift shop in one area, have the museum office in another and to use the baggage room for an archival library for books and magazines the museum receives as donations.
Work is progressing on the replacement of the signals at the crossing at NE 36st street. Oklahoma DOT has the project on their agenda as one of many signal upgrades around in the state. ORM’s responsibility will be running power to the signals as an addition to the batteries already in place. The two power sources make the signals compliant with FRA regulations. This will cost the museum very little since most of the expense will be covered by ODOT (10% state and 90% federal) and donations by C.D.L. Electric, out of Pittsburg, KS.
Another big project is the replacement of the 30th street crossing. The ties on under 30th street will need to be replaced due to deterioration. The estimated cost will be approximately $60,000. The project will be covered by museum funds and will be performed during March prior to the 2018 operating season.
The 100-foot 1920 Frisco turntable was delivered in April 2017 from the Stillwater Central Yard on High Street. ORM is working on engineering for the pit to get the turntable operational. It will be the focal point of the museum expansion.
In 2017 the Baldwin VO-1000 US Army #4648, originally Frisco #201, as well as an EMD SW-1200 US Army #4649, originally Milwaukee Road #615.
Wilson Car Lines reefer #2209 was donated and delivered. The 1908 Frisco depot from Le Flore will be arriving soon. It will be refurbished to become the temporary entrance
building at the north end by the new parking lot. ORM has also acquired the Rock Island railway post office car #760.
A major de-acquisition is the sale of the RS3 Magma #3 engine to the Arizona Railroad Museum. ORM will receive $30,000 and car parts as part of the deal.
In 2017 ORM transported a record 26,981 passengers.
Softball parking on museum land brought in revenue of $52,814, up from last year’s $42,271. The Christmas train brought in $82,437, up from $37,000 in 2016. The Fall Steam Train event earned the museum $20, 949 and the Halloween train revenue increased to $13,829 up from $8,420. The 2016 Day Out with Thomas festival was the 5th best of the 13 years the event has been held.
Scheduled group tours more than doubled to 36 in 2017.
End of the year donations brought the total for the year to $30,566.72. The endowment with the Oklahoma City Community Foundation sits at $107,233.93.