The Mount Ranier Logging & Railroad Museum (formerly known as the Mount Ranier Scenic Railroad) is looking for a General Manager. Click on the ad below for contact info.
By Aaron Isaacs. HRA editor
The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum newsletter arrived today and it contained several interesting news items.
For some time HRA has been trying to quantify the economic impact of the railway preservation industry. I’ve estimated annual expenditures to be $400 million. The newsletter says from 2007 to 2016 TVRM spent $10.3 million on capital improvements alone. That doesn’t include operating expenses. … [Continue Reading]
By Steve Casey, Railroad Museum of New England
The Railroad Museum of New England on Monday acquired a pre-1900 Pawtucket, Rhode Island yard office building by donation from the Old Colony & Fall River Railroad Museum, of Fall River, MA. The RMNE is based at the historic Thomaston Train Station built by the original Naugatuck Railroad in 1881, and the Fall River structure was moved to the Thomaston grounds on a temporary basis on Monday.
The Alberta Railway Museum and the Alberta Prairie Railway are joining forces to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. ARM’s Canadian National 4-6-0 #1392 (Montreal 1913) is fresh off a rebuild. It has been trucked to the APR’s railway in Stettler. There it will double head with APR’s 2-8-0 #41 as part of the June 28-July 5 celebration. Also in attendance, but not under steam, is CN 4-8-2 #6060…. [Continue Reading]
The Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie, WA is trying to save Northern Pacific wood parlor car 1799 (Pullman 1901). Retired in 1941, it has been a beach cottage ever since. The owners now wish to redevelop the land and have offered the car to the museum. … [Continue Reading]
The Monticello Railway Museum has purchased 47 acres of farmland on the east edge of the museum. It will be reserved for future development and as a buffer zone. In the meantime it will be leased to a local farmer, creating an additional income source…. [Continue Reading]
By Aaron Isaacs, HRA editor
We stopped at North Carolina Transportation Museum (NCTM) on the way back to Charlotte after attending the HeritageRail Alliance conference in Bryson City. By happy coincidence, we were able to witness the unveiling of the restored Civil War 4-4-0 Texas following a thorough cosmetic restoration. … [Continue Reading]
By Aaron Isaacs, HRA editor
What’s new this year in railway preservation? I took a look through the Progress Reports section of this magazine and here are the projects that seem likely to be completed during this operating season. In a few cases they were done last year but we missed it, so better to report them late than not at all.
The Center for Railroad Photography & Art has grown into one of the premier rail photo archives. It now has over 200,000 photos in its collection. Of these, 20,000 have been digitized and are available online. There is no charge for usage by nonprofits. A full time archivist was hired in 2015. He supervises grad student interns from the University of Wisconsin’s School of Library and Information Studies. Although they have a large backlog to digitize, they’re making progress, 250-500 photos each week. Of these 50-100 are posted…. [Continue Reading]
By Steven D. Kamm, Oklahoma Railway Museum
December 14, 2012, saw the arrival of the former Missouri, Kansas and Texas (MKT) Track Inspection Car No. 1045 at the Oklahoma Railway Museum. The intention is that the Museum, located in Oklahoma City, OK, will be the permanent home of this unique, custom-made piece of railroad history. And, since the inspection car has seen better days, volunteers at the Museum are currently undertaking a substantial restoration/refurbishment program…. [Continue Reading]
According to its latest newsletter, the Golden Gate Railroad Museum is still looking for a permanent site. After being evicted from the Hunters Point naval station in San Francisco, the museum found a temporary home at the Niles Canyon Railway. That lasted for several years, but ultimately GGRM was told they needed to relocate elsewhere. … [Continue Reading]
By Aaron Isaacs, HeritageRail editor
For any museum with limited resources, and that would be all of them, the best investment is covered storage of the artifacts. A small number of museums have everything under cover, but the vast majority have equipment sitting outdoors, subject to the weather and often vandalism and even theft.
So it was heartening to count up all the car storage buildings and shops that were constructed in the last year at these museums:… [Continue Reading]
By Kyle Wyatt, California State Railroad Museum
The California State Railroad Museum (CSRM) has a new display – Southern Pacific rotary snow plow MW 205, paired with Southern Pacific F7A 6402. The rotary plow was built in 1920 as a conventional steam powered rotary snow plow at the American Locomotive Company Cooke works in 1920. In 1958 it was rebuilt as an electrically powered plow, with four locomotive traction motors powering the rotary fan…. [Continue Reading]
Timber Heritage Association update
The Association is making progress on its long-term effort to take possession of the Samoa Shops complex in Eureka, California. They’ve leased it for several years from the local harbor authority and paid for the lease by restoring the site’s multiple buildings. During 2016 the large Machine Shop building received a new metal roof. Extensive installation of roof gutters has begun to control runoff problems.
Purchase of the Shops site has been approved, pending environmental remediation paid for by the Association. That’s a long, complex process. The soil sampling stage is underway. Once the samples are analyzed and contamination has been quantified, the cleanup will begin…. [Continue Reading]
TRRM tries to find all the recently completed restorations and recently published 4 posts full of them. Here are two we missed…. [Continue Reading]
By Jason Lamontagne
Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum
During the construction of steam locomotive boilers, there are a number of places where the edges of a large steel plate must be bent (“flanged”) to attach to another steel plate. The vertical plates that support the front and rear ends of the boiler tubes (the “tube sheets”) are examples. The plate that connects the cylindrical part of the boiler with the side sheets of the firebox (the “throat sheet”) is another. Others are the plate that forms the rear of the firebox and the plate that forms the rear of the boiler. This latter plate is located in the locomotive cab and is referred to as the “backhead.”… [Continue Reading]
Western Railway Museum
● Identify, assess, and inform the Board of Directors of internal and external issues that affect the BAERA
● Participate with the Board of Directors in carrying out the vision and strategic plan to guide the BAERA
● Foster effective teamwork between the Board, the volunteers and staff
● Along with the Chair of the Board, act as a spokesperson for the BAERA and the WRM
● Represent the Association and its Museum with federal, state, county and local governments, as well as with community, cultural, business groups, museum industry and professional organizations to enhance the BAERA’s community profile. … [Continue Reading]
The West Coast Railway Association has received a $1 million grant from the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund to purchase the 5-acre former BC Rail Squamish shops. The shops are located across the street from WCRA’s Heritage Park site. The Association has leased the shops for the last 11 years for restoration and storage. It has also sublet some of the space to private tenants, creating a revenue source.
According to WCRA President Don Evans, purchasing the shops will open the door to energy efficiency improvements that will lower operating costs. Part of the grant will fund renovation of the shop and the 3-story office facility on the west side of the building.
This is the last group of completed projects that were presented to the ATRRM conference in Savannah. … [Continue Reading]
This is the third installment of the list of completed restoration and capital projects presented at the ATRRM conference in Savannah.
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This is part 2 of the review of completed railway preservation projects presented at the ATRRM conference in Savannah…. [Continue Reading]
For the ATRRM fall conference in Savannah, I put together a slide show of the rolling stock restorations and other large capital projects that have been completed since the last year’s conference. There were over 50 in all, too many for one post, so here they are, spread out over multiple posts…. [Continue Reading]
The Short Line Safety Institute is a new non-profit dedicated to improving the culture of safety on short lines and regional railroads. It grew out of a pilot program jointly undertaken by the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA), the FRA and academics. The goal was to create an objective process to assess the safety culture at individual railroads. … [Continue Reading]
Metro North Commuter Railroad has issued an RFP to lease the freight-only Beacon Line. This may be of interest to tourist train operators. Be advised that interested parties must create an account on the MTA website to access the RFP at the link shown below.
REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
Beacon Line Opportunities
City of Beacon to Putnam County Line
MTA/Metro-North seeks Expressions of Interest for the economic utilization of all or part of the 27.6 mile route of the Beacon Rail Line from the City of Beacon to the Dutchess/Putnam County border.
By Scott Becker, Pennsylvania Trolley Museum
The Wexford Station was originally constructed in 1908 served the Pittsburgh, Harmony, Butler & New Castle Railway (the “Harmony Route”) at Wexford, PA from 1908 until the line’s abandonment in 1931. It was a very important station along the line and at 650 square-feet was larger than most stations that the line constructed.
By Howard Pincus, Railroad Museum of New England
Several big jobs are wrapping up.
Old Pueblo Trolley in Tucson has dedicated its new storage/shop/HQ building.
The Nevada State Railroad Museum, Carson City announces the recruitment for the position of Retail Storekeeper II. Applications are accepted through 5:00pm on September 26, 2016. All interested and qualified individuals are encouraged to apply. The link below will take you to the announcement.
Museums and tourist railroads continue to restore rolling stock, build new buildings and add track. Here are some recent examples…. [Continue Reading]
By William Buhrmaster, Mid-Continent Railway Museum
On September 7th the DULUTH sleeping car arrived at Mid-Continent Railway Museum.
The sleeping car was unloaded on September 8th and is now setting on a pair of 6-wheel trucks for the first time in 82 years.
By Jason Lamontagne
Sketches and photo by John McNamara
Reproduced with permission from the WW&F newsletter.
The original Wiscasset Waterville & Farmington Railway employed the Eames straight vacuum brake on its locomotives and passenger equipment. To the best of our knowledge they did not equip their freight equipment with that system. However, because they often operated mixed trains, they equipped the freight equipment with through-pipes so that the locomotive could actuate the braking system on the passenger car at the rear of the train.
The WW&F Railway Museum endeavors to recreate the original railway as closely as possible in both form and function; from this was born an interest in applying the Eames system to our equipment. … [Continue Reading]
By Teresa Propeck, Verde Canyon Railroad
On August 9, 10 and 12, 2016, Verde Canyon Railroad (VCRR) and Clarkdale Arizona Central Railroad (AZCR) sponsored three Basic Railroad Incident Response Procedures and Rail Safety Awareness training sessions for Verde Valley first responders. This program hosted approximately 40 firefighters from the Verde Valley Fire District. The program was first accredited and approved by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. This training is the first of its kind for shortline railroads in the State of Arizona. … [Continue Reading]
By Steve Heister, Northern Ohio Railway Museum
August 14 was our Members Day Picnic. We ran Shaker Heights Rapid Transit Car 12 on her own off the overhead for the first time. Cleveland Railway Crane 0711 was parked on the end of the line supplying power to the overhead. A gas engine generator and rectifier setup is located on this work car. … [Continue Reading]
The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is accepting resumes for the following positions:
Assistant General Manager
Engine Service Personnel (engineers, firemen)
Train Service Personnel (conductors, brakemen)
Locomotive Shop Personnel (machinists, mechanics)
Please send resume to John Bush at firstname.lastname@example.org
Seashore Trolley Museum has had a good year, as reported in their latest newsletter and 2015 annual report. Visitor counts for 2015 were up 36 percent, and visitor revenues up 52 percent, thanks to big increase in group admissions. Donations by members, always a big revenue source, totaled $395,000 in cash and $46,000 in goods and materials. A bequest by the estate of Stephen Hall added $750,000 to the Endowment Fund. There are now 70 business members…. [Continue Reading]
Early diesel to IRM
Illinois Railway Museum has acquired ARMCO Steel #B-71 (Westinghouse 1930), a very early end cab diesel switcher, from the Minnesota Transportation Museum. The unit was loaded on a flatcar at Jackson Street Roundhouse on July 14. According to IRM’s Nick Kallas, B-71 will fill a niche in their collection between the 1920s boxcabs and the more conventional end cab switchers of the late 1930s. Sister B-73 is at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum…. [Continue Reading]
Shore Line Trolley Museum’s long recovery from Superstorm Sandy and an earlier hurricane continues to be one of the largest projects undertaken by any rail museum. Because of the museum’s low-lying site in a tidal marsh, it has suffered mightily from periodic flooding. High water from Sandy flooded the motors of 55 electric cars with salt water. Repairing the motors requires complete disassembly, inspection, cleaning, re-insulation, reassembly and testing. Shore Line’s newsletter describes this as a time consuming process that averages about a year…. [Continue Reading]
Pacific Great Eastern 2-6-2T&T #2 is back on display at West Coast Railway Heritage Park after a cosmetic restoration…. [Continue Reading]
The Bluegrass Railroad Museum received the donation of a signal bridge located at Lexington, Kentucky, from Norfolk Southern in 2015. It was fabricated from the center sills of scrapped World Wat II-vintage boxcars. Over last winter the BGRM volunteers dug footers, poured concrete pads and erected the signal bridge over the main line and a siding. Then they went a step further, electrified it and made it operational. It now changes aspects in response to train movements. This is for display purposes only and does not actually govern train movement, but it’s a great interpretive display…. [Continue Reading]
Big news from the Fort Smith Trolley Museum. On May 21st it opened the new 7th Street track extension of the east end of its line. The City of Fort Smith extended the track 2.5 blocks into downtown on 7th Street. Museum volunteers strung the overhead wire. The line is now a mile long.
Alberta Railway Museum
The Gibbons Water Tank is one of the first things that visitors see as they arrive at the station. A team of volunteers tackled restoration and repairs these past few days in preparation for painting this summer.
Work included re-attaching and securing existing siding and/ or replacing warped/damaged siding on the tank. The upper NE window was blocked off while the lower one was replaced with new flashing. Casement was also added to the upper east window.
The Iowa Railroad Historical Society (IRHS) has acquired freight motor #53 from the Iowa Traction Railway (IATR) in Mason City. This acquisition comes thanks to a generous donation from IRHS board member Wayne Paterson. Without Mr. Paterson’s donation, #53 was going to be scrapped this spring. Motor #53 will be moved by tractor trailer from the IATR in Mason City to the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad (BSVRR) in Boone this Saturday. The restoration of #53 will begin soon. Once the restoration is complete, #53 will be placed into service alongside Charles City Western interurban car #50 at the BSVRR.
The VLS is better known to most as the operator of the Prairie Dog Central across the flat prairie northwest of Winnipeg, featuring Winnipeg Hydro 4-4-0 #3 and an appropriate string of 100-plus year old wood coaches. Here are latest developments from their Journal Box newsletter.
The Hopewell (New Jersey) Depot Restoration Corporation has constructed a replica of the 1892 interlocking tower that originally guarded the junction of the Duchess & Columbia and the Duchess County railroad. Both were later absorbed by the New Haven. Although it appears finished in this photo, the interior is still being finished, including ground floor restrooms. The nearby depot was restored and opened in 2012…. [Continue Reading]
By Randall Gustafson, Stone Consulting, Inc.
For you historians, this was Warren Tank Car Company in Warren, PA that did all the circus train equipment going back to the early 1900’s. They’ve had a long, long run here, really sorry to see them close up. They did mostly salt car repair. We’re only a couple miles away from it, know the owners, really sad to see it go.
There’s a lot of shop tools, heavy metal forming equipment and railcar repair tools and equipment here that might be useful for railroad car shop work or museum restoration purposes. Apparently more lots are coming. This appears to be only scratching the surface from what I know is down there.
Note that this is April 26th, online bidding. Here’s the website.
Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society news
FWRHS is moving to replace major components of historic steam locomotive no. 765 and take on a variety of other projects in 2016 after another successful year of operations. Over the course of just a few weekends in 2015, no. 765 pulled over 6,000 passengers on sell-out excursions operating in Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York. In addition, the locomotive and its train attracted thousands more to towns across the Midwest and East Coast. The replacement of 202 boiler tubes and 73 flues from the locomotive will see no. 765’s downtime for future maintenance reduced considerably. The tubes and flues for the international attraction were last replaced in 2004…. [Continue Reading]
Ulster County, owner of the former Ulster & Delaware, and long time opponent of the Catskill Mountain Railroad, has issued a request for proposals for an operator of the line when CM’s current lease expires on May 31, 2016.According to their press release, the county is seeking “a successful tourist railroad operator, or operators”. Proposals are due May 6. Here’s the link to the RFP.
B&O Museum gets grant for York
The France-Merrick Foundation has granted $100,000 to support the acquisition and interpretation of the “York” locomotive recently acquired at auction and returned to Baltimore by the B&O Railroad Museum.
By Aaron Isaacs, TRRM editor
Tourist railroads have a tendency to stop and restart, often changing owners or operators in the process. From far away (which I usually am) it’s often difficult to learn the backstory and how things developed to this point. A typical case is the recent rebirth of tourist trains on the ex-Reading Kutztown branch in eastern Pennsylvania. Like the Stewartstown and Stourbridge Line, both in the same general neighborhood, trains have recently reappeared after a multi-year absence. So I was grateful when the latest issue of Railpace Newsmagazine came out with the full story, which is briefly paraphrased here…. [Continue Reading]
The State of Nevada announces a position opportunity for Museum Director 3 at the Nevada State Railroad Museum located in Carson City, Nevada. The Nevada State Railroad Museum has distinguished itself with a world-class railroad restoration program that has completed complex and unique restorations of the 1875 V&T Inyo, the 1875 narrow-gauge Glenbrook, and the 1910 McKeen Motor Car among other accomplishments. The museum sits on a 13-acre campus in the State Capital city. For details of the position and application information please go to:
Applications are accepted until the recruitment is filled, those qualified and interested are encouraged to apply without delay.
The Old Pueblo Trolley has purchased a shop/storage building which will serves its restoration facility. There is 27,000 sq. ft. of floor area with an additional 3,000 sq.ft. of second story office space. The fenced yard is about 25,000 sq. ft…. [Continue Reading]
Baltimore & Ohio SW1 #8408 (EMC 1940) has returned to service after an extensive 4-year rebuild. McHugh Locomotive & Crane installed a new 567C engine. The traction motors, main generator, air compressor, radiators, and auxiliary generator were rebuilt. The trucks, axles, wheels and brakes have all been reconstructed. The cab has new modern electrical controls and the cab body, windows battery boxes and sand boxes are all also rebuilt. Total cost of the project was approximately $450,000…. [Continue Reading]
The Center for Railway Tourism at Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia, is building a website devoted to one of its new programs – the Sounds of Railroading Conference and Concert. Scheduled for June 3-5, 2016, this first of a planned annual event will focus on railroading and traditional – country, folk, Bluegrass – music. The art here is a pull-out from the original work provided by J. Craig Thorpe to memorialize rugged West Virginia coal railroading in the mountains, an inspiration to some of the participating musicians.
According to its newsletter, the Golden Gate Railroad Museum is “90% certain” that its new museum site will be in Santa Cruz, adjacent to the site of the former Southern Pacific depot. It says an agreement with the Santa Cruz County Transportation Commission is near. In addition to displaying equipment on new storage tracks to be built, the museum will run excursions on the Santa Cruz branch.
Readers may recall that the museum was evicted from leased space at the Hunters Point naval shipyard in San Francisco in 2006. The Pacific Locomotive Society offered to house it on a temporary basis at its Niles Canyon Railroad. During that time GGRM has operated SP 4-6-2 #2472, restored a Fairbanks-Morse diesel switcher and a lounge car, and made good progress on a Union Pacific RPO.
Although no date has been set for the move, it is tentatively expected next summer.
Electric City Trolley Museum’s restoration crews have been busy. They just finished single trucker #120, former Philadelphia rail grinder #W-58. It has been backdated to its original identity as Wilmington, Delaware #120, believed to be a 1904 product of either Jackson & Sharp or Laclede. Here it is on its first outing…. [Continue Reading]
One of the steam highlights of this month was the first steaming of Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington 2-foot gauge 0-4-4T #9. A most unlikely survivor, the little engine last ran in 1933. This post reprises two articles from the latest WW&F Railway Museum newsletter, describing the rebuilding of #9’s tank and cab.… [Continue Reading]
The Oregon Electric Railway Museum has acquired a private collection of nine vintage Belgian trams, formerly owned by Claude Sabot and located in British Columbia. All have been moved to the museum site at Brooks Powerland…. [Continue Reading]
The Iowa Historical Railroad Society in Boone, Iowa, which runs the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad, is looking for a full-time General Manager.
Manages a non-profit center made up of railroad operation & railway museum. Establishes and executes the business plan in support of the overall organization business strategy. Provides leadership and management of the organization through subordinate employees & volunteers…. [Continue Reading]
East Troy also completed the restoration of South Shore Line interurban #9 (Pullman 1926), rebuilt Beulah Lake siding and replaced 250 ties elsewhere on the line.
In a David versus Goliath fight for its life, the Catskill Mountain Railroad has defied the odds and a powerful adversary to survive. Much of the former Ulster & Delaware right of way will be converted to a trail, but not as much as the county had proposed, and the remaining railroad will be much more likely to be viable than previously expected…. [Continue Reading]
Operating “big hooks” are uncommon, so it was noteworthy when Niles Canyon Railway recently took Southern Pacific 250-ton crane #7113 (Bucyrus Erie 1944) and 70-Ton idle car #7111 (American Car & Foundry 1953) out on the line for operational tests. … [Continue Reading]
By Steve Heister, Northern Ohio Railway Museum
After years of preparation, trolley wire is now up at the Northern Ohio Railway Museum (NORM). It was strung on Thursday, December 10th. Used were Cleveland Railway differential crane 0711 to move Cleveland Transit System (CTS) line car 024 around. The 0711 has a gas generator (58 Chrysler hemi!) /rectifier set up on her deck to provide power. Line car 024 held the reel of 4/0 grooved trolley wire and was used to string the line. Line car 024 was home built in 1960 by CTS from Shaker Rapid center entrance car 1217. 1217 was built in 1914 by the Kuhlman car company for the Cleveland Railway.
During this year complete bracket arm assemblies were assembled on the
ground and then hung on poles set a couple years earlier. Ground anchor
wires and anchor plates in concrete were set on the end poles.
After a long rebuild, the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum has fired up and run steam loco #9 for the first time since 1933…. [Continue Reading]
British Columbia Electric interurban #1207, one of two that ran on the City of Vancouver’s now-closed Downtown Historic Railway, has been donated to the Fraser Valley Heritage Railway Society. There it will join two other BC interurbans and operate on three miles of home rails now operated by Southern Railway of British Columbia…. [Continue Reading]
Range $20-$22/Hourly DOQ
The reporting location for this position is Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, located in Jamestown. This position will report to the president and CEO of the Foundation, and work in coordination with the California State Park Superintendent 1, and the California State Parks Railroad Restoration Leadworker. The incumbent will be responsible for the maintenance program for the railroad car collection at Railtown 1897, and assist with diesel and steam locomotive maintenance and repairs. Working closely with the other staff and volunteers on site, the incumbent will also participate in special event coordination, as well as lead and train staff and volunteers involved with the operation of historic railroad equipment. The incumbent will be required to maintain eligibility for DOT covered service and comply with policies of the Railtown 1897 State Historic Park Railroad. The ideal candidate will have some combination of experience with diesel and/or steam engines, welding, metal work, carpentry, heavy equipment operation, machining, and historic restoration. Work schedule will include weekends and holidays. For further information regarding this position, please contact Kimberly Baker, State Park Superintendent I, at (209) 984-4622.
By Aaron Isaacs, TRRM editor
Technology is opening up the door to an info-sharing revolution that can only be helpful to railroad museums. The Digital Public Library is assembling a network of state digital library hubs that feed it photos, documents, maps and other images from local museums and archives. Searching DPLA reveals all the materials available in all the state hubs simultaneously…. [Continue Reading]
The Everett Railroad, which re-entered the tourist railway business this year, has steamed its 2-6-0 #11 (Alco 1920). The engine was built for the Narragansett Pier Railroad and was sold to the Bath & Hammondsport in 1938. It was part of the Rail City collection, then passed through a couple of hands before being acquired by the Everett.
Here’s a video link to a runby. https://youtu.be/_gVLBpgFxKw
By Bill Monaghan and Matt Nawn, Baltimore Streetcar Museum
Members from Baltimore Streetcar Museum, Electric City Trolley Museum and SEPTA help loaded work car W-56 on September 5, 2015. This car will be regauged and used in service at the Baltimore Streetcar Museum. (Yes it is going to BSM)
The Society for the Preservation of Carter Brothers Resources runs a narrow gauge railroad at Ardenwood Historic Farm in Newark, CA. Their mission is to preserve rolling stock built by Carter Brothers.
By Aaron Isaacs
Websites should be old hat by now, but as a frequent visitor to many museum and tourist railroad webpages, I can assure you that many are incomplete, hard to navigate and don’t make it easy to learn about the organization or its activities. So when Evan Jennings of the Trolley Museum of New York emailed me today to check out their new web site format, I wasn’t expecting much.
However, the new format was impressive for a couple of reasons. First, it is very clearly organized, with big buttons rather than obscure little lines or words where you have to place the cursor to even see if it’s a link. More important, it boldly takes the visitor through the museum’s priorities. It’s an interesting approach that other should consider. Here’s the link. http://www.tmny.org/learnmore.html Check it out.
Photos by Karl Johnson
After a three year restoration, on September 12 at its Members Day, the Western Railway Museum dedicated Portland Traction lightweight interurban #4001 (Kuhlman 1926). … [Continue Reading]
The Rockhill Trolley Museum has rebuilt 400 feet of track on its main line.
Nevada State Railroad Museum is the second rail museum to commit to planting milkweed for migrating monarch butterflies.
Stewartstown Railroad has acquired a 1942 ex-Pennsylvania Railroad Burro crane from the Strasburg Rail Road.
The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania has donated former Reading parlor-diner 1189 to the Reading Company Technical & Historical Society.
The Strasburg Rail Road has outfitted a passenger car with vintage pinball machines.
Canadian Pacific G5s 4-6-2s 1238 and 1286, located in Staunton, VA, have found a new home at the Prairie Dog Central in Manitoba.
The photo collection of J. Parker Lamb has been donated to the Center for Railroad Photography & Art.
The New York Museum of Transportation has added a track inside its carhouse.
The Railroad Historical Center in Greenwood, SC was established in 1970 as a privately owned museum. It features six pieces of rolling stock, three of them notable. The Adams family ran it until 2005, when ownership passed to The Greenwood Museum, a non-profit that has grown dramatically over the last few years…. [Continue Reading]
The Orrville Railroad Heritage Society in Orrville, Ohio was recently evicted from the rail siding where its rolling stock was stored for over 30 years. They have solved the problem by purchasing the site of Dabo, Inc. a rail car scrapper. The site had been dormant since its owner died. The society is paying for it on a three year installment plan.
TTX Company of Chicago, Illinois has donated RTTX No. 150643 flat car to the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania’s historic collection. No. 150643 is the Museum’s first rolling stock acquisition representing intermodal service.
This is actually belated news. In June, the McKinney Avenue Transit Authority opened its long-awaited loop into downtown Dallas.
The B & O Railroad Museum and the West Coast Railway Heritage Park have each announced the completion of a pair of rolling stock restorations…. [Continue Reading]
The Monticello Railway Museum has purchased the VFW building located across the street from the former Wabash Monticello depot, the museum’s downtown loading point. Since about 2007, they have leased the building during Polar Express trains because it has restrooms, a large indoor waiting area and space for a pop-up store.
On August 22 the Rockhill Trolley Museum in Pennsylvania will hold a celebration to roll out three newly restored or acquired trolleys.
The State of Nevada is seeking a full-time museum director for the Nevada State Railroad Museum located in Boulder, Nevada. Details of the position requirements and instructions for applying may be found at this link:
The recruitment will remain active until the requirement is met.
It was the first time out for ex-Portland Traction #4001, originally Indiana Railroad #202 (Kuhlman 1926). After many labor hours, it was test run on July 11th. It entered the shop in November 2011.
The City of Tomball, Texas, and Gulf Coast Chapter – National Railway Historical Society, Inc. have entered into an agreement whereby Gulf Coast NRHS will develop the new “Texas Railroading Heritage Museum at Tomball”.
Tomball City Council approved the agreement at its May 18, 2015, meeting…. [Continue Reading]
Texas State Railroad has taken delivery of a pair of ex-Georgia Southwestern FP9’s, #6302 and 6308. They were acquired from loco dealer LTEX.
You may have heard that the monarch butterfly is losing habitat as farmers max out their crop acreage. Tourist railroads can help reverse this by planting milkweed, the monarch’s primary food, along their rights-of-way. The Niles Canyon Railway has done just that, and is encouraging its members and passengers to join the effort. Here’s the ad they’re running.
By Howard Pincus, Railroad Museum of New England
New Haven #41 was built by Budd in 1953, and operated on all NH lines with RDC service. RDC cars were the last regular passenger service between Waterbury and Winsted (Conn) on the line RMNE operates as the Naugatuck Railroad. That New Haven RR service was discontinued in December 1958. NH 41 became a Penn Central and then an Amtrak car, and was sold to a private owner in the mid-1980s…. [Continue Reading]
It has been said that without retired commuter coaches, the tourist railway industry would be much smaller. Commuter coaches from the Pennsylvania, Boston & Maine, Long Island, Chicago & North Western, Rock Island, Canadian National, Southern Pacific, Erie, Jersey Central and Lackawanna have been stalwarts over the years…. [Continue Reading]
The Amtrak AEM7 electric locomotive, workhorse of the Northeast Corridor, is being phased out and replaced by the new ACS-64 Sprinter. For the first time, an AEM7 is being preserved. #915, built in 1981, has been acquired by the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. It joins several others that served the Pennsy electrification, the youngest being E60 #603…. [Continue Reading]
During its work session last fall, the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum added 800 feet of track. It was all at the line’s current terminus, Top of the Mountain, and included 400 feet of main line and a 400 foot siding to run around the train.
By Scott Becker, Pennsylvania Trolley Museum
A vintage 1908 wooden interurban trolley station moved to its new home at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum near Washington, PA on Saturday June 6. The building was originally constructed in 1908 as a trolley passenger/freight station serving the village of Wexford and for the last 30 years was the popular Wexford Post Office Deli. It will be restored as useable space to further the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum’s educational mission…. [Continue Reading]
Union Street Railway (New Bedford, MA) RPO 302 streetcar (Jones 1907) was debuted on Members Day (April 25) after a long restoration which included structural and body work in addition to interior and exterior painting and lettering. The final piece was the repair of flood damage from Hurricane Irene. Traction motors were overhauled under the FEMA-subsidized program, including one which required an armature rewind.
The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad opened its new steam shop in Dillsboro, North Carolina in September 2014 and has moved ex-Army 2-8-0 #1702 inside for restoration. A turntable is currently under construction. The pit was recently excavated.… [Continue Reading]
By Frank Hicks, Illinois Railway Museum
These are some of the major recent developments…. [Continue Reading]
This magazine seems to concentrate on rolling stock and the trains themselves. We tend to overlook the important role of archives. The latest Review newsletter from Western Railway Museum includes a progress report on an archive that doesn’t show up in the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society’s Directory of Railroad History Research Locations (see the link elsewhere on this website), but nonetheless houses a significant collection. WRM has a purpose-built archive facility incorporated into its visitor center. … [Continue Reading]
A pair of Illinois passenger cars is returning home. The Pacific Railroad Society of San Dumas, California has donated Illinois Central lightweight diner #4110 and Gulf, Mobile & Ohio lightweight sleeper Timothy B. Blackstone to the Monticello Railroad Museum. Both cars will move by rail on their own wheels, after MRM members went to California and put them in running order.
The museum is also close to finishing the restoration of Baltimore & Ohio Chicago terminal 4-wheel “bobber” caboose #C1735. Completion is expected in June. The car was retired in 1957 and donated to MRM in 1982.
The Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad has added another steam locomotive to its roster. Pickering Lumber #1 (Heisler 1913) has been acquired from the Pacific Locomotive Association, operator of the Niles Canyon Railway. The locomotive was built for the Sunset Timber Company of Raymond, CA. In the 1920s it was sold to Standard Lumber Company of Standard, CA, which was later purchased by Pickering Lumber. When Pickering dieselized, #1 was purchased by an individual who hoped to open a tourist railroad in Monterey, CA. That didn’t happen and PLA acquired the locomotive in 1985, intending to use it as a running gear parts source for Pickering Heisler #5. In 2011 PLA decided that two Pickering Heislers were redundant and #1 was surplus. The deal with Oregon Coast is a trade, the Heisler for boiler repairs to Sierra Railroad 2-6-2 #30 (Baldwin 1922).