By Aaron Isaacs, HRA editor
Every year I prepare a slide show of significant railway preservation achievements for the HeritageRail Alliance fall conference banquet. This year’s featured some 60 projects, which is why this post will appear in three parts. The first group includes infrastructure and locomotives, all completed in the last 12 months.
Berkshire Scenic has completed its last mile of track into Adams, MA.
Nevada Southern (Nevada State Railroad Museum) celebrated the opening of this bridge over I-11, which potentially will allow its train ride to reach Henderson and double in length.
The Railroad Museum of New England built a new fenced-in 3-track yard at Thomaston, CT, totaling 1200 feet of track.
The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum built a new $600,000 paved access road to the future site of its new visitor center.
The Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railroad Museum salvaged, restored and installed the Boston & Maine Moose Brook boxed pony truss bridge (one of only five extant in North America) as part of their mountain track extension. For this it received the HRA Significant Achievement Award–Structures.
The Nickel Plate Express started operations on the track formerly served by the Indiana Transportation Museum.
Ma & Pa RR Preservation Society purchased the 6.67 acre Loder property for $156,500. Payment is supposed to happen April 20, 2018. Located next to the high rock cut north of Muddy Creek Forks. The only place on the railroad where rail equipment can be loaded on a truck. Property is also higher, reducing the risk of floods. The Society will construct a shop building on the property.
The Northern Ohio Railway Museum purchased a several-acre parcel next to its main line, which will add enough room for a turn loop.
The Illinois Railway Museum retired the last of its mortgage debt for its 272-acre campus.
The Colebrookdale Railroad constructed a replica Victorian depot in Boyertown, PA.
The Age of Steam Roundhouse completed the restoration of Morehead & North Fork 0-6-0 #12. For this it received the HRA Significant Achievement Award–Steam.
The Durango & Silverton returned Denver & Rio Grande Western 2-8-2 #476 to service after an absence of many years.
The Wilmington & Western completed its rebuild of Alabama, Birmingham & Coast 0-6-0 #58.
The Texas State Railroad restored Southern Pines Lumber 2-8-0 #28 to operation.
The Maine Narrow Gauge Museum restored Bridgton & Saco River 2-4-4T #7 to operation.
Boothbay Railway Village completed the restoration of S. D. Warren & Co. 0-4-0T #2.
The Dennison Railroad Museum finished the cosmetic restoration of Chesapeake & Ohio 2-8-4 #2700.
The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania completed the cosmetic restoration of Pennsylvania 4-4-2 #460.
The Orange Empire Railway Museum completed the restoration of Santa Fe FP45 #108. For this it received the HRA Significant Achievement Award–Diesel.
The North Carolina Transportation Museum restored Norfolk & Western GP9 #620.
Illinois Railway Museum restored Rock Island GP9 #4506.