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Railway Museum q u a r t e r l y "Advancing Railway Preservation" Number 47 A Journal of the Association of Railway Museums Spring 2008 At ARM member National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, WI, a Rock Island Aerotrain and Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range 2-10-2 share the display building. To learn more, see page 4. Jim Vaitkunas photo. ARM PRESIDENT’S COLUMN railway By Bob LaPrelle museum quarterly Railway Museum Quarterly is published quarterly by the Association of Railway Museums and distributed free of charge to member and affiliate member institutions and individuals. The opinions expressed herein are not necessarily those of the Association. Articles appearing in RMQ may be reprinted in whole or in part provided proper credit is given the source. Submissions are always welcomed, along with accompanying photos. Articles covering programs, initiatives, major events and undertakings of member institutions are of special interest. Please allow me to introduce myself. ARM Membership I’m Bob LaPrelle, your new president of ARM. For the past twenty years I have served as Executive Director and now Membership in the Association of Railway Museums is open to nonprofit organizations preserving President & CEO at the Museum of the and displaying at least one piece of railway or street railway rolling stock to the public on a American Railroad in Dallas. Known for regularly scheduled basis. Other organizations, businesses and individuals interested in the work of many years as the “Age of Steam”, my the Association are invited to become affiliates. museum, like many ARM member All members and affiliates receive Railway Museum Quarterly as a benefit of membership. For organizations, has amassed an more details, or to report address changes, please contact the Association of Railway Museums, irreplaceable collection of railway 1016 Rosser St., Conyers, GA 30012, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. artifacts from the past and has high Call us at (770) 278-0088 or visit our Web site: www.railwaymuseums.org. expectations for its future. Directors I am honored and humbled to be elected as your president and help continue leading ARM to the fulfillment Molly Butterworth, Museum of Transportation, email@example.com of its mission. While my education is David Dunn, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, firstname.lastname@example.org primarily in business management and Don Evans, West Coast Railway Heritage Park, email@example.com public affairs, I bring a lifetime passion Bob LaPrelle, Museum of the American Railroad, firstname.lastname@example.org of railroads and thirty years of museum Steve McGee, Tampa Streetcar Preservation & Restoration, email@example.com experience. I pledge to use my G. Mark Ray, Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, firstname.lastname@example.org knowledge and experience in my new Ken Rucker, National Capital Trolley Museum, email@example.com role at ARM, but I also look forward to Jim Schantz, Seashore Trolley Museum, firstname.lastname@example.org learning and growing from my Kyle Wyatt, California State Railroad Museum, email@example.com association with all of you. Together, we Officers can tackle the many challenges faced by President: Bob LaPrelle railway and trolley museums. If I have Vice President: Molly Butterworth learned anything serving on the ARM Secretary: Ellen Fishburn, firstname.lastname@example.org board, it is that we have an outstanding Treasurer: Ken Rucker, 1313 Bonifant Road, Silver Spring, MD 20905-5961, resource of talent and expertise. As an email@example.com organization, we can bring this talent together to the benefit of all of our members. And, more importantly we can Committees inspire and equip the next generation of Renewal Parts: Rod Fishburn, Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org museum stewards – this is a priority to me. Staff As I assume this role, I am guided by Suzanne Grace, Executive Director, 1016 Rosser St., Conyers, GA 30012 three main principles. First, that ARM email@example.com should reflect the needs of its members. In order to serve its membership and lead Railway Museum Quarterly by example, ARM must remain viable Aaron Isaacs, Editor, 3816 Vincent Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55410, (612) 929-7066, and sustainable. ARM should be out in firstname.lastname@example.org. front as a resource, addressing the needs of railroad museums and acting as a The Association of Railway Museums is a Professional Affiliate Member of the American forum for new ideas and practices. That Association of Museums. will require us to be introspective, and at times, look beyond our traditional way of Organizational Mission: The purpose of the Association of Railway Museums is to lead in the doing things. How can ARM advance advancement of railway heritage through education and advocacy, guided by the principles railway preservation without taking set forth in "Recommended Practices for Railway Museums" and incorporated in other best initiative and instituting positive changes practices generally accepted in the wider museum community. 2 Association of Railway Museums 2008 Annual Conference September 10-14, 2008 Colorado Springs, Colorado Host: Pikes Peak Trolley Museum assisted by Pueblo Railway Museum _________________________________________________________________________________________________ Conference Schedule Breakout Sessions Sunday, September 7 Thursday, September 11 – at Crowne Plaza hotel 1:00 p.m. Best of Narrow Gauge Steam Tour departs hotel 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Plenary Session: Wm L. Withuhn, Tuesday, September 9 Smithsonian Inst., Keynote Speaker 9:30 p.m. Best of Narrow Gauge Steam Tour returns to hotel 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. “A” Breakout Sessions Wednesday, September 10 Track 1: Using the media to get your story out 8:30 a.m. Colorado RR Museum Tour departs hotel Track 2: Panel: Restoring wood-bodied cars 8:30 a.m. Uhrich Locomotive Works Tour departs hotel 20-max. PCC maintenance classroom session 1:00 p.m. Set-up begins in Pikes Peak Ballroom (exhibit hall) 20-max. Induced ground currents, power supplies 4:30 p.m. Colorado RR Museum Tour returns to hotel Track 3: Applying Street Smart principles 4:30 p.m. Uhrich Locomotive Works Tour returns to hotel Friday, September 12 – at Crowne Plaza hotel 5:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall opens – Pikes Peak Ballroom 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. “B” Breakout Sessions 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Opening Reception – Pikes Peak Ballroom Track 1: Strategic plan essentials Thursday, September 11 Track 2: Restoring D&RGW #315 7:00 – 8:30 a.m. Free Breakfast Buffet in Pikes Peak Ballroom 20-max. Overhead wire erection basics classroom session 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Plenary Session: Wm. L. Withuhn, Keynote Speaker Track 3: Effective nonprofit treasurers (990s) 9:30 – 9:45 a.m. Coffee Break 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. “C” Breakout Sessions 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Breakout Sessions 1A, 2A, 3A Track 1: Implementing your strategic plan _ 11:00 a.m. “Group 1” attendees leave for Royal Gorge trip (box Track 2: Panel: Restoring unique railway equipment - 8:30 p.m. lunch on train), tour of Pueblo Railway Museum, and Track 3: Panel: Designing docent programs dinner at Giuseppe’s Restaurant Saturday, September 13 _ 11:00 a.m. Group “2” attendees leave for Cog Railway trip (box 9:00 - Noon On- and Off-Site Hands-On Sessions - 7:15 p.m. lunch on Cog Railway), tour of Pikes Peak Trolley Track 1 Marketing & Development: Crowne Plaza hotel Museum, and dinner at Giuseppe’s Restaurant 9:00 – 10:00 New Directions: Recommended Practices Friday, September 12 10:00 – Noon: 7:00 – 8:30 a.m. Free Breakfast Buffet in Pikes Peak Ballroom • Museum self-assessment/accreditation (two 1-hr sessions) 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions 1B, 2B, 3B • Gift shops: reflecting who and what you are 9:30 – 9:45 a.m. Coffee Break • What you need to know about insurance (three _-hr sessions) 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Breakout Sessions 1C, 2C, 3C • Automating your ticket sales _ 11:00 a.m. “Group 2” attendees leave for Royal Gorge trip (box • Planning/running successful special events - 8:30 p.m. lunch on train), tour of Pueblo Railway Museum, and Track 2 Maintenance & Restoration: Pikes Peak Trolley Museum Oktoberfest meal at Pueblo Union Station 10:00 – Noon: _ 11:00 a.m. Group “1” attendees leave for Cog Railway trip (box • Restoring the 1919 Birney: a team effort - 7:15 p.m. lunch on Cog Railway), tour of Pikes Peak Trolley • Researching and planning the restoration of 1901 Laclede Car #59 Museum, and Oktoberfest meal at Pioneers Museum • Laying track and installing switches: tricks of the trade Saturday, September 13 • PCC Maintenance – continuation of course begun at the Pennsylvania 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. Free Breakfast Buffet in Pikes Peak Ballroom Trolley Museum in 2007 9:00 – Noon Saturday Breakout Sessions • 20-max. Overhead wire erection basics hands-on session Onsite Sessions at Crowne Plaza Hotel Track 3 Education & Outreach: Western Mining Museum Offsite Sessions at Pikes Peak Trolley Museum carbarn 10:00 – Noon: Offsite Session at Western Museum of Mining & Industry • Techniques for demonstrating historic equipment and keeping Noon – 1:30 p.m. Lunch on your own everyone safe (includes museum tour) 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Optional Afternoon Tours (choose one) Trips/Tours: 1. Walking tour of historic downtown Colorado Springs (additional cost) Both the Manitou & Pikes Peak Cog Rwy and Royal Gorge Route RR trips 2. Motor coach tour of Colorado Springs, Old Colorado City, Air Force are included for all attendees. All meals are included on these days: a box Academy, and Manitou Springs (additional cost) lunch at noon, Giuseppe’s Old Depot Restaurant Thursday evening, and an 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Parts Committee meeting Oktoberfest meal either in Pueblo or Colorado Springs on Friday evening. 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. No host Social Hour 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. ARM Annual Dinner, Crowne Plaza Grand Ballroom Pre- and post-conference tours are ticketed separately and require one person in the family to have a full conference registration. The Best of Narrow Gauge Steam Tour Speaker: Mel McFarland, Cog Railway requires booking the Pagosa Lodge separately. Sunday, September 14 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. ARM Annual Meeting A full conference Registration Packet, including Registration Form, is 10:30 a.m. Steamin’ over La Veta Pass Tour departs hotel available on ARM’s website: www.railwaymuseums.org/annual.asp 9:00 p.m. Steamin’ over La Veta Pass Tour returns to hotel Contact Information: Mike and Sigi Walker, Pikes Peak Trolley Museum, Don’t miss a grand opportunity to combine informative P. O. Box 544, Colorado Springs CO 80901-0544 workshops with memorable rides on the best of Colorado rail! (719) 339-2794, email@example.com, fax (719) 475-2814 3 as an organization when necessary? Not to worry, there’s no secret agenda here, only that we face some challenging times as railroad museums. We need the collective benefits of a strong and progressive ARM now more than ever. My second guiding principle is that the more successful (not necessarily larger) member museums have an opportunity to mentor those museums that can benefit from their knowledge and experience. This is accomplished through good communication and greater involvement with other member organizations, and at times, looking outside ARM. We received much positive feedback from the 2006 joint ARM-TRAIN conference in Sacramento. We may want to explore other opportunities such as combining publications and future joint conferences with TRAIN. The third and final principle is to solicit your input as members and then work as a board to make your membership count. The ARM board took the most recent membership survey very seriously and followed up with many of you by phone. A number of your Privately owned Warren & Ouachita Valley 4-6-0 #1 is displayed at the offices of recommendations were incorporated into Hoffman Construction in Black River Falls, WI. the Strategic Plan update in Tampa. We Soo Line 4-6-2 #2713 and a wood caboose grace a park next to the tracks in want you to be proud of your affiliation railroad town Stevens Point, WI. with ARM and recommend membership to others. Please take a moment and look at the sidebar on page 2 of this publication, which lists the current ARM directors and officers and their affiliations. These are very fine people with whom I am proud to be associated. It also lists those persons in key roles at ARM - without their support we could not deliver such services as publications and parts exchange. These folks, along with our Executive Director, Suzanne Grace, stand to serve the needs of our membership and lead the organization into the future. Finally, I simply cannot conclude this column without acknowledging the hard work and dedication of Molly Butterworth. I probably wouldn’t be writing this column if it weren’t for her. As president, she has taken great initiative along with her contemporaries on the board to update ARM and refocus its mission. This organization is attaining CROSS COUNTRY Despite heavy rain, a volunteer was PRESERVATION TOUR a new relevancy and level of staffing the ex-Soo Line depot. Inside professionalism that address the needs of was the largest collection of lanterns we my museum and countless others. Molly By Aaron Isaacs had ever seen. Next to the depot sits a has very ably and graciously led the It’s about 900 miles from string of Soo Line rolling stock, organization through several Minneapolis to Washington, PA, site of including a nicely maintained wood recommended changes that have resulted the ARM 2007 Annual Conference. caboose, a Barney & Smith in a stronger, more responsive ARM. Normally we’d fly or take Amtrak, but heavyweight coach, an outside braced Please join me in thanking Molly for a this time four of us from the Minnesota wood boxcar and a GP30 riding on job well done. Streetcar Museum decided to drive it, Alco FA trucks. It’s a small museum, I look forward to seeing all of you in and see as much railway preservation as but a pleasant surprise in the middle of Colorado Springs this fall. If you are in possible along the way. dairy country. We talked up ARM to Dallas, please drop by the Museum of the Day 1 was grey and rainy as we hit I- them, and sure enough they became American Railroad and say hello. 94 across western Wisconsin. Our first ARM members in Spring 2008. stop was the Colfax Railroad Museum A short distance down the road we in the small town of Colfax, WI. 4 paused briefly at the intact waiting shelter at the north end of the Chippewa Valley interurban in Chippewa Falls. Accompanied by a vintage photo and explanatory sign, the shelter is an unlikely survivor of a line that was abandoned in 1926. Next came Black River Falls, new home of one of the prettiest surviving ten wheelers anywhere, Warren & Ouachita Valley #1 (Baldwin 1906). Privately owned, for many years it operated at the Mid-Continent Railway Museum. Its owner moved it to the Kettle Moraine tourist railway near Milwaukee, but that operation ceased a few years later. Number 1 was purchased by Dave Hoffman, who owns Hoffman Construction in Black River Falls. A railfan, his office building is designed to look like a large depot. The locomotive sits on a length of track nearby. It trails a Barnum & Bailey circus flat car carrying a vintage bulldozer, and vintage passenger cars. The first is Rock Island wood coach #799 (Pullman 1900), which has accompanied #1 since they appeared in the 1949 Chicago railroad fair. The other is a Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis heavyweight business car (ACF 1917). All the rolling stock has been repainted and lettered for the fictional Black River & Northern. We overnighted in Stevens Point, formerly the operations heart of the Wisconsin Central and a Soo Line town of the first order. The large division point depot is still intact, complete with brick platform. Across the street in a park sits Soo Line 4-6-2 #2713 (Alco 1911), accompanied by Soo Line wood caboose #158. National Railroad Museum Next day it was off to Green Bay for an all-too-brief visit to the National Railroad Museum. I hadn’t been there for perhaps 20 years, and there was plenty new to see. With a dynamic, Besides equipment displays, the Lenfestey Center is used for large events, and is professional staff, the museum has often rented for special occasions. The left two tracks are isolated, while the two at right access the rest of the museum trackage. This pieced-together panorama of the National Railroad Museum’s grounds was taken from its observation tower. The Lenfestey Center is the large building in the middle, with the museum store and offices in the smaller building at right. The large white building in the center distance is the warehouse that was recently donated to the museum. 5 undertaken some major expansions of its physical plant. They have undertaken aggressive fund raising to improve their exhibits and interpretation. The latest effort is a major grant-funded exhibit on the history of Pullman porters that will feature an animatronic “porter”. We climbed the observation tower that doubles as a bird watching stand next to the Fox River. Over the past decade, the museum has added some important facilities. A two-track shop building was erected in 1998. In 2001 the museum has constructed the 26,000 square foot Lenfestey Center. Three of its five tracks don’t extend outside the buildings and are occupied by permanent displays, including Union Pacific Big Boy 4-8-8-4 #4017 and British Gresley 4-6-2 Dwight D. Eisenhower. The remaining two tracks have outside connection for rotating displays. The Center’s big room is frequently leased out for events, a growing revenue source. Around the edges of the Center are some fine displays, including well-done model dioramas. The museum has a real show-stopper in the Frederick Bauer Drumhead Gallery. Covering the wall of the darkened room are 40 of them, the finest collection of passenger train tail car drumheads ever assembled in one place, all properly back lit. The year 2005 saw the completion of a new office and archives wing on the Lenfesty Center. The archives are now in a climate-controlled room with a fire suppression system. Despite these improvements, a portion of the 82-piece collection remains out in the weather. There are also eight privately owned pieces from the defunct Wisconsin & Calumet Railroad. According to Curator Chuck Scheutz, planning is underway to find Top: The Frederick Bauer Drumhead Gallery features 40 illuminated tail signs. solutions to the problem, ranging from Middle: The museum’s demonstration railway loops the grounds. Bottom: The former Chesapeake & Ohio steam-powered car ferry Badger docks reducing the collection to new at Ludington, MI, where unserviceable sister ship Spartan is docked. Jim buildings. A major new opportunity has appeared with the recent donation of property located across the street from Vaitkunas photo. the museum site. Valued at $4.25 million, the land is occupied by a warehouse, which is leased for the next ten years to Super Valu Foods. No decisions have been made about its future, but it opens up new possibilities. In the meantime, it’s a new revenue source. The museum has over 1300 members. About 300 volunteer periodically, and some 75 of those are regulars. There is a full-time staff of eight, plus two-three part-time. Staffing has grown somewhat over the last five years, with the addition of a facility rentals manager for the Lenfesty Center and a director of education and programs. 6 The primary revenue sources of operating revenue are admissions, special events, facility rental and store sales. Attendance is about 75,000 per year. Unfortunately attendance has been trending slowly downward. A visitor survey shows the majority coming from 150 or more miles away, not good when gasoline is reaching all-time highs. To replace regular admissions, the museum is developing more events. The Halloween event, dubbed Terror on the Fox, and a Christmas holiday train have both been good revenue producers. Trying to move into educational events. Recently they have been collaborating with Heritage Hills State Historical Park, an historic village across the river, on a three-day event called A Day in the Life. The goal is to make events as Heavy rain at Owosso, MI cut short the visit to the Steam Institute. Periodic historically relevant as possible. A newly painted Green Bay & photo freights feature the Institute’s vintage cars, such as this Ann Arbor boxcar. Western Alco switcher pulls a unchanged. As we boarded, lazy clouds any) and slid her tail first into the slip passenger train on the demonstration of aromatic coal smoke drifted from the next to inactive sister ship Spartan. railway that loops the perimeter of the stack. The shudder and constant Although appearing complete, Spartan grounds. vibration so typical of a diesel-powered now serves as a parts source and will vessel is missing, thanks to two of the probably never sail again. The SS Badgers last four-cylinder steam engines After about 90 minutes at the running anywhere in North America. Steam Institute National Railroad Museum we had to Badger has modern, faster competition, Heavy rain followed us the next leave, because we had a boat to catch. a jet boat from Milwaukee to morning as we briefly visited the Steam The steam powered ex-Chesapeake & Ludington. However, the crew likes to Institute in Owosso, MI. We ran Ohio Badger is the last operating Great brag that the jet is frequently cancelled through the downpour into the open Lakes car ferry, the only survivor of a by high winds or ice, while Badger can roundhouse where Pere Marquette 2-8- navy of such vessels that crossed Lake handle any conditions. It was windy on 4 #1225 is stored. The Institute has a Michigan. Built in 1953, the 410-foot the lake that day, with seven-foot seas small railroad yard, roundhouse and ship makes two daily round trips that Badger shrugged off easily. freight house for its collection of between Manitowoc, WI and In the turning basin at Ludington, the rolling stock. Included are a number of Ludington, MI. Autos now fill the captain spun her in a circle without vintage freight cars, used for photo railcar deck, but everything else is benefit of bow thrusters (there aren’t freights. Although officially closed, Greenfield Village has reconstructed the 1884 Detroit, Toledo & Milwaukee Railroad roundhouse from Marshall, MI. It now serves as the restoration and maintenance shop for the village. Jim Vaitkunas photo. 7 volunteers were working in the freight house that housed the office and we had a short and pleasant visit. Greenfield Village We’ve all been to historic villages, collections of pioneer buildings moved to a central site for preservation. We’ve also all been to vintage technology museums. Now imagine if a billionaire threw his considerable resources toward the creation of such places, and imagine that he started it in1930, when all sorts of amazing stuff was still available. You’d have the Henry Ford Museum and the adjacent Greenfield Village. Although we had the whole afternoon, there was only time to do one or the other, so we chose Greenfield Village. It’s amazing. Thomas Edison’s actual lab building was picked up and moved to Dearborn, MI, as was the Wright Brothers bicycle shop. There is a collection of water powered mills and shops, all working. One large machine shop is completely driven belt driven from a central power source. If you are any sort of technology buff, this place is one marvel after another. They have working stuff that no one else has. A three-mile steam powered railroad loops the grounds. It is based at one of Greenfield’s more recent additions, a reconstruction of the 1884 Detroit, Toledo & Milwaukee Railroad roundhouse from Marshall, MI roundhouse, complete with turntable, water plug and ash pit with elevator. Inside is a complete shop, which can be viewed from a mezzanine that runs the length of the back wall. In the farthest stall is the most beautiful 4-4-2 you’ve ever seen, Michigan Central #254 (Alco 1905). A high-wheeled racer of the first order, it has been at Greenfield since 1930, and is now over a pit so you can view it from below. The steam-powered railroad circles Greenfield Village, making four stops. Most of these are simple, modern structures with high-level platforms. However, the “railroad village” at the north end of the property near the roundhouse features the 1859 Grand Trunk Western depot from Smiths Creek, MI. Although single story, it has an agent’s residence in one end. Top: The train that loops Greenfield Village passes the roundhouse behind a 4-4-0 that Ford rebuilt from an 0-4-0. Inside the roundhouse, Detroit & Lima Northern 4-4-0 #7 (Baldwin 1897) and Hecla & Torch Lake 2-6-4T (Mason 1873) are under repair. Bottom: It’s not a railroad display, but this is the Greenfield Village machine shop where every machine is powered by a working overhead belt- drive system. Jim Vaitkunas photos. 8 Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum This museum is much bigger than it initially appears. The place is bursting at the seams with rolling stock, and the museum site turns out to be three separate properties separated by a street and the former Nickel Plate main line. The main site is located on the south side of Southwest Street. Fenced in, it is packed with rolling stock, structures and other artifacts. A second group of equipment is stored in the open across the tracks. A third set is inside and adjacent to a building across from the main site. Although closed the day we came by, some volunteers were working and they graciously showed us around. Lake Shore Electric Trolley Museum Trolleyville is dead—long live Lake Shore Electric. To be clear, LSE is a non-profit created about two years ago as a successor to Trolleyville. The Brookins family remains heavily involved, with two permanent seats on the Board filled by Mark and Gary Brookins. As RMQ readers are probably aware, the collection came close to dissolution. The search for a new home covered much of northern Ohio, and discussions were had with a series of cities. Middlefield, less than an hour east of Cleveland, came the closest. The Cleveland & Eastern Interurban Historical Society would have run on three miles of the former Baltimore & Ohio’s Warren-Fairport line. At the last moment, the county mandated a bike trail for the line, and forbade trolleys alongside. The drop-dead date to vacate the old North Olmstead site was June 24, 2006 and it was a very near thing. In January 2006 Mark Brookins announced that the collection would be made available to interested museums in March if something didn’t happen soon. At the time there were discussions underway with a developer who had purchased the Superior viaduct that spans the Cuyahoga Valley on the west edge of downtown Cleveland. The bridge has a lower deck that was reserved for streetcars and the idea was to bring them back. The Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum is spread over three sites separated by a street and the Norfolk Southern tracks. At top is the crowded orginal site and at bottom the Monument Station office and train shed. Across the tracks sits narrow gauge Pennsylvania Railroad ore dock car mover #2 from Sundusky, OH. Jim Vaitkunas photos. 9 Nothing came of that idea, but it led to contacts with the City of Cleveland, which has been developing the formerly industrial Lake Erie waterfront with tourist attractions. With the Cleveland Browns Stadium, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Science Museum & IMAX Theater, the Great Lakes steamship William G. Mather, and Lake Erie cruise boat Goodtime III already in place, a trolley museum would seem an appropriate addition. There is one other incentive. Several years ago the Cleveland Regional Transit Authority built a new LRT line from the waterfront to Tower City, its main downtown terminal. Ridership reportedly has been very light, except for Cleveland Browns games and other special events. If the trolley museum had access to the Waterfront LRT line, could it run a shuttle service that would permit RTA to reduce its operating cost? That question has not yet been answered, but it appears that something on that order could eventually happen. In cooperation with RTA, pantographs were installed on a couple of LSE’s wood Chicago, Aurora & Elgin interurbans. Despite a couple of equipment failures, the trips made a media splash and led to official support of a lakefront museum from the city and RTA. Since then the collection has been moved to Cleveland. Remember that June 2006 deadline? Thanks to a $1.00 lease negotiated with the City of Cleveland in April 2006, 23 of the cars are now stored inside a 60,000 square foot, 1960s-vintage Port of Cleveland warehouse. According the LSE Director and Secretary Alex Bruchac, the lease is open ended, and came at the 11th hour. Nine other cars are stored at the RTA Terminal Tower station. With the collection moved, safe and out of the weather, LSE has begun fund raising to build a permanent museum. At the east end of the Harborfront Line, it has leased the site of a former New York Central rail yard. Plans have been developed for a 60 by 600 foot carbarn and shop building to house the entire collection. The RTA has approved the carbarn site, a future rail connection to the LRT line and ongoing discussions of museum operation on the LRT, possibly in connection with reduce RTA service. Buckeye Lake Trolley When we asked at the ARM conference about this private traction collection in eastern Ohio, we got much rolling of eyes and statements that it Top and middle: Most of the former-Trolleyville collection, now owned by the was a slow motion tragedy. After Lake Shore Electric museum, is temporarily housed inside this city-owned warehouse on the Cleveland waterfront. finding it and venturing onto the Bottom: Toledo & Eastern work motor #40 and a former Cincinnati & Lake Erie property, we could only agree. Just express motor deteriorate at the Buckeye Lake site in Ohio. Jim Vaitkunas photos 10 inside the gate is Toledo Eastern work car #40, converted from a railroad- roofed wood interurban. It is a complete car, trucks, controllers and all, and it is rotting away in the weeds. Everything else we could see looked equally bad. Off in the distance we could see Columbus, Delaware & Marion interurban parlor #500 (ACF 1926) and some other cars, but we couldn’t reach them. According to Andrew Young’s Veteran & Vintage Transit, there are about 40 cars on the property, all neglected. Dayton Carrillon Park Although it appears to be a city park, Carillon Park is owned by a private non-profit. It was founded by Colonel Edward Deeds of National Cash Register and his wife, Edith Deeds, and opened to the public in 1950. Its mission was to preserve, interpret and celebrate the history of invention, transportation and pioneer life in Dayton and the Miami Valley. A charitable trust established by Deeds is administered by the Dayton Foundation to provide the Park with endowment distributions each year. Laid out as an historic village, Carrillon has plenty to offer the visiting rail preservationist. Fireless 0-4-0 Rubicon (Lima 1909) that switched National Cash Register occupies one small building. Next door is the 1894 depot from Bowling Green, Ohio, and next to it is 0-4-0T #1 (Porter 1907) from ARMCO Steel in Middletown, Ohio and a 1907 crossing guard tower from Dayton. At the far end of the main street is the modern James F. Dicke Family Transportation Center, opened in 2000. Inside is something I never expected to see outside of Baltimore, a genuine Baltimore & Ohio “grasshopper” locomotive. The John Quincy Adams (Mount Clare Shops 1835) was donated to Colonel Deeds by the B&O in about 1950. According to an article from Locomotive & Railway Preservation magazine, the Adams is the oldest American-built locomotive. It is one of four grasshopper types that survived as Mount Clare shop switchers until 1892. Their appearance was back-dated and altered for the 1893 Chicago World’s The privately owned Carrillon Park museum in Dayton, OH features the oldest American-built locomotive, the Baltimore & Ohio John Quincy Adams (Mount Clare Shops 1835). Also inside the James F. Dicke Transportation Center is Toledo, Port Clinton & Lakeside interurban #2, restored from a stripped carbody. 11 Fair. After years of storage, three of the four went to the B&O Museum, where two remain today. Deeds was looking for an 1850-60 loco to commemorate the start of rail service to Dayton. He approached the B&O Museum and in 1947 secured the John Quincy Adams. Mount Clare returned the locomotive to its original configuration, removing a set of bolted- on dummy horizontal cylinders. Next to it sits a 1903 Brill single truck open streetcar that is lettered for Dayton City Railway but is really from Rio de Janeiro. Next over is a fine wood interurban, Toledo, Port Clinton & Lakeside #2 (Kuhlman 1904). Retired in 1931, it was used as a Dayton residence from 1933 to the 1970s. Acquired as a stripped carbody and sitting on unpowered Chicago Transit Authority L car trucks, it has been nicely restored with a complete interior that includes walk-over seats, probably from the same L car. Of note are the unusual and extravagant stained glass windows. Besides a nice B&O wood caboose and a Dayton trolley bus #515 (Marmon-Harrington 1949), the other building occupant is Detroit & Mackinac wood coach-observation #100, a 1903 product of local car builder Barney & Smith. It sports one of the finest preserved interiors I’ve ever seen. It was acquired by the park in the 1960s from the D&M. Tracking the Illinois Terminal The editor rode the interurbans of the Illinois Terminal as a child. Our route took us through IT territory from Danville to Champaign, Bloomington and Peoria. A call to IT Historical Society’s Dale Jenkins provided a list of IT remnants. Several of the company’s distinctive depot/substation buildings still stand and we stopped at five of them, at Fithian, St. Joseph, Bloomington, Danvers and Mackinaw Junction. In Bloomington, IL, the tracks still poke through the paving on Madison Street. The company’s art deco Peoria station is now a police headquarters. Galesburg Railroad Museum Top: ARMCO Steel 0-4-0T #1 and a signal tower from downtown Dayton flank the Bowling Green depot at Carillon Park. Middle: The Illinois Terminal depot/substation at Fithian, IL is now a private residence. Bottom: The Iowa Traction’s 1920s steeplecabs soldier on in Mason City, IA. Jim Vaitkunas photos. 12 museum replace the roof of the historic Samoa Roundhouse. Since the last report much of our work has been the task of stripping old roofing. Some areas were covered with worn and tired layers of ancient asphalt roofing. Other areas had only marvelously clean old growth redwood sheathing showing where the roofing material was missing. There were hundreds of rusty nails holding down the old roofing that remained. We have had many volunteers spend thankless hours slamming roofing shovels into rows of nails and asphalt. City Garbage provided a 20-yard bin and at long last all the old roofing was shoveled over the edge and hauled off. The next couple Saturdays were spent pulling the thousands of bent nails still poking out of the redwood sheathing. Carpentry repairs to the roof coincided. Occasionally a sheathing board had rot and needed to be cut out. Mark and Mary Wheetiey and Pete Johnston both donated lumber for that. Dave Meserve and Pete Oringer brought some nice pressure treated wood needed to replace bad fascia. Gary Boughton salvaged a pile of old growth redwood from the old Eureka Co-op building and his son Andrew pulled nails all day, leaving a tidy stack of material. A couple of the old rafters had to be sistered alongside stress cracks, and others, knocked over by forklifts in more recent times, needed to be stood back up. Almost all the lower panels on the overhead doors were bent and only two of the seven big doors even worked. Counterweight cables were spun off their spools, rollers seized and even one of the big 12 x 12 inch posts between the bays was shoved halfway off its post base. Trucks had played havoc with the narrow entrance to each bay and those posts will need more help. One door had a big gap and its neighbor was squeezed. We jacked the beam The Galesburg (IL) Railroad Museum is located next to the former Burlington above, beat the post back where it Galesburg depot. On display is a restored CB&Q boxcar, and 4-6-4 #3006. Plans belonged and got the door tracks in are underway to create a railroaders hall of fame here. This small museum is located next to steeplecab electrics. Nothing was their original location. Andrew the Galesburg Amtrak depot, a new running when we showed up, but two of Boughton spent hours breaking free and structure on the site of the former the traction orange 1920s-vintage lubricating rusted rollers and hinges. Burlington depot. CB&Q 4-6-4 #3006 Baldwin-Westinghouse units were Bob Sholes and Terry Reed from Sholes (Baldwin 1930) and a couple of sitting along the line, ready to go to Overhead Door Co., which had heavyweight coaches and other cars are work. It was enough to see miles of originally installed the doors for parked outside. We weren’t able to get overhead wire held up by weathered Louisiana Pacific, assessed what was inside to see the displays, but the poles, above light rails with opposing needed to put the doors back in working westbound California Zephyr showed joints. order. They mentioned how they up just then, adding a nice touch to our respected local history and were glad visit. ALL TOGETHER NOW the buildings were being saved; they wanted to help. Sholes donated their Iowa Terminal By Bob Felter two technicians for two full days and One cannot pass through Mason Reprinted with permission from the gave us the replacement door panels City, IA without paying homage to the Timber Heritage Museum’s and other materials at their cost. When a Iowa Traction, North America’s last Whistlepunk newsletter, this is the feel- cable on the one door we didn't have common carrier interurban still hauling good story of how the Arcata, CA them work on later jumped its spool, freight the old fashioned way, behind community pitched in to help the 13 they even came back and fixed it at no under the entire roof. California lower roof. Equally as important was charge. Heating gave us a deal on the ventilator Alves Roofing. We were pretty weary Gary Wilson spent days drilling the covers and the custom flashing along toward the end but a call to them 16 holes required to bolt together 40 the top edge. We have a couple resulted in Ted Alves sending three feet of track for use on a low-bed trailer members with some experience laying men out with a compressor and nail to haul railroad cars. We now needed composition roofs, but A&I Roofing in guns. George, Richard and Mickey put over 300 feet of rail bolted up in the Arcata agreed to help us get started. down as many shingle squares in one same fashion for use in the roundhouse Their head of operations, Kyle Sullivan, day as we'd been laying in two weeks, for the locomotives. This would involve guided us through the planning stages and soon after the roof was complete! drilling over 100 holes. Torching a hole of what materials to use, and how much Alex Stillman had sympathized with through the thick web of steel in the was needed. our plight and had donated $500 to hire center web of track would be easier A & I promised to repair the lower some roofing help but after the boost than drilling, by far, but it's known that front roof, and get us started with the we got from Alves, we were able to the heat destroys the rail's temper. A shingling. They are even giving us all apply that toward materials. visit to O & M Industries in Arcata was the remaining edge metal we'll need. spent discussing the problem with one of the owners, John McBeth. Bert Bertolini took the challenge of RESTORING ATLANTIC SHORE LINE restoring the big rotating ventilator. It Kevin Williams, from O & M called was on its last legs, infested with rust, the next day. They'd had a similar some supports rusted off. It barely 100-PART 4 problem while constructing rails for an turned, so we took it down. A By Donald Curry, Seashore Trolley overhead crane and after shattering a replacement would have been Museum number of $100 drill bits due to the expensive but Bert took it back to his difficulty of setting the odd shape of rail shop and performed his magic with The state of 100’s motors. in a drill press, they recommended newly fabricated parts and a Teflon Armatures – All 4 armatures have torching the holes. After all, our rails bearing. been cleaned, baked and their insulation would have locomotives parked on One more bit of progress on the resistance measured. Three of them them, not seeing service on a mainline. horizon is a project new member Scott have very high resistance—500 ‘megs’, To the rescue came Karl Boettcher, who Baker undertook. The back of the boiler which is excellent. These have been spent much of a day burning tidy holes shop has some shed roofs added on, given coats of insulating varnish. The through rails. Meanwhile Ken Fleck adding valuable additional space but in fourth started with resistance of one talked to Thrifty Supply and they immediate need of repair. Scott drew meg and that has dropped to about 0.5 donated over 300 feet of new iron pipe the structure up and presented the plan meg. Without destructive testing it is to space apart the rails. Pete Johnston to Ted Stodder, in charge of the difficult to tell where the problem took the lead in finding hundreds of feet construction program at College of the might be but he pointed out a small of threaded rod, making the request for Redwoods. Ted said his students build damaged area in the armature core donations all over town. Frank Caetano one house a year but have some extra which had been ground away in an at Humboldt Fasteners, Mic Moulton at time at the beginning of the term. If all earlier repair. While the motor would Fastenal, Schmidbauer, and Pierson's all the ducks are in a row-plans, permit, be very likely to run satisfactorily in donated threaded rod. and materials-maybe the class could this condition, it should be watched. At The following Saturday saw a big rebuild the additions. this point he is not prepared to say crew helping assemble the 60-foot To really spruce things up, member whether it should be re-wound or not. stretches of track in five of the six Steve Jackson has offered to put it on Armature bearings – We now have roundhouse stalls. At the following CAD. As to the materials, Marcus all eight bronze armature bearing shells, board meeting there was a discussion Brown made contact with a group that returned from A.C. There is virtually no about whether to roll the locomotives in operates a steam-powered sawmill at babbitt metal remaining in them, and as forwards, as they traditionally were the Antique Powerland Museum in stated in previous reports, they are worn stored or back them in so they'd appear Brooks, Oregon. They demonstrate as much as 3/16 in. oversize. Before we more photogenic. We debated the pros their sawmill on two weekends in late send them to American Power Service and cons for sometime, when Mike July and early August at the "Great for re-babbitting, we are going to pointed out the roofs were framed to Oregon Steam-up." They have offered carefully inspect the two locating holes support a funnel over each engine's to cut and donate all the lumber needed in each shells that keep the bronze smokestack. The sheathing had been for our historic restoration project. A bearing from rotating in the motor case. replaced and the funnels removed long couple of us plan to go up there, stay a ago, but sure enough, the next time we night or two and help out, then haul the were out there we noticed a square box lumber back. If anyone has a truck or is framed between the rafters in each trailer that can handle a good load and locomotive bay. It's not until you climb wants to come along it should be fun. up there on scaffolding that you also A loud sigh of relief was heard notice the soot under the old paint. We August 17 as volunteers completed the decided to stick with tradition. roofing on the roundhouse. It was mid- Next came the roof--a lot of roof. March when we started the thankless The amount seemed daunting. A contact labor of stripping off ancient layers of with Don Zadroma, the West Coast crusty old asphalt. It was four months representative for ELK/GAF Roofing before we were finally ready to load the resulted in a contribution of 20 squares roof with new Elk shingles. A&I of shingles, over a quarter of what we Roofing was generous with their time to needed. R & S Roof Supply gave the get us started and help us along the roundhouse another 20 squares. way. They donated some of the edge Myrtletown/Arcata Lumber donated all metal, the ventilator flashing, and the felt paper to place a double layer completed the torch down repairs on the An armature, before reconditioning. 14 original, made of galvanized sheet steel, is supposed to have three small ‘ears’ bent down and over the end of the bearing which snap into small grooves machined into the outside of the shell. Only one of the four has an extant cap and that is bent down all around the outside and sort of ‘tucked’ into the grooves. Two are flat galvanized steel sheet that seem to have been soldered to the end of the bearing, but not very well because the job is crude and they have almost completely come loose. The fourth has none. At this point it looks as if we will go with the original style. These bearings represent at least two manufacturers: J. F. Hodgkins of Gardiner, Maine and N.M.B.C. (National Bearing Metals Co.) These are clearly stamped in the end of the shell. Re-babbitting – Before we can have The armature bearings, before babbitting. These are supposed to be 41/64 in. not quite sure whether to ignore this them done, we need to know the diameter, about 0.0156 in. larger than (depending on how loose they actually diameter of the motor shafts. Roger has the dowel pins in the bearing saddles. turn out to be), shim the outside of the measured them and thinks that we can Over time, the bearing tends to work bearing or even mill off a very slight have three at one diameter but one (the itself loose under the saddle and rotate amount from the bearing saddle to give one in the lathe) requires truing up so it slightly, tending to wear these holes to a slight clamping action. will be slightly smaller. Although we an oval shape. A cursory examination These bearings come in pairs: a will do the actual bearing machining, reveals 1) that they are in pretty good larger inner diameter one and a smaller we want to be certain there is enough shape but worn somewhat, 2) that some one for the commutator end of the babbitt lining so we can turn them to have been repaired previously. During motor. The pinion end is larger because the proper diameter plus clearance. yesterday’s visit, we noted that a of the extra force of the pinion against On the shaft that was in the lathe we number of the 5/8 in. dowel pins in the the gear. noticed the bluing that remained after bearing saddles had also worn and we The shaft goes through the pinion the initial turning and there was quite a may well be able to limit bearing end bearing with the pinion shrunk on. hollow in one place. The other end had rotation by replacing the pins. Those in Oil leaking from that bearing will end been very nicely polished. 100 are far less worn but should come up in the gear case. The shaft goes Field coils – All 16 of these have out easily. through the commutator end bearing been checked and re-insulated with We also noticed the shells have worn and would be open except there is a sort cotton tape (as the originals were) as on the outside, again due to this slight of cap over the end. We have seen needed. These were all in excellent rotation. There is a definite ‘parting various styles of this cap (with none in condition. In the original there is a pad mark’ at along each side where the some cases) over the years in this made of several layers of canvas saddle clamps down on them. We are common style motor. We believe the between the coil and the case but A.C. has substituted a non-absorbent rigid fiberglass sheet. Although it’s not prototypical, it will be more satisfactory in the long run. The sheet-metal inserts that go between the pole pieces and the field coil had been cleaned up and painted black. Leads to the motor (armature and field)-- Roger called yesterday to ask me the length of the new leads. (We are replacing virtually 100% of 100’s wiring.) We sent them a reel of No. 4 DEL (Diesel-electric locomotive) flexible cable. The original wiring is still largely in place under the deck and has multitudes of splices. It was difficult to tell just where they should be but we settled on 42 in. for each lead. Because the motors are ‘inside hung’, i.e. between the axle and the bolster, rather than ‘outside hung’ where they are outside the axle, the motors do not need long leads to allow the motor to swing with the truck. Inside hung motors are used on cars Roger Paradie, with reconditioned armature in lathe. that don’t have to go through sharp 15 truck transoms and the body bolster lower plates from Novel Iron Works in Greenland, NH. They ran them through their ‘Wheelabrator” which removed the corrosion and applied a shop coat of gray primer to inhibit rusting during their transit to the Museum. Transoms are made from 10 in. 30 lb. (per ft.) channel. Unfortunately we weren’t able to get any of the full flange width of the original. We had asked Novel to drill a hole near the end of each, top and bottom, flange for the large vertical tie bolts in that location. The hole had to be located in what would have been the center of the original flange width but was too close to the edge of the 3 in. width. So, last week, Bill Pollman welded strips of steel about 4 in. long to extend the width of the flanges. Two of them have been painted with black polyurethane enamel over the gray shop coat. The others will be done shortly. A motor case, cleaned and primed. curves, primarily interurban and Brake swing link hanger brackets -- measured spring strength or Like so many of the components, these suburban routes. The outside hung compression or bending or whatever. trucks have short wheel bases, allowing triangular brackets had rusted quite Their engineer said it was the term for badly. So Bill cut out the vertical leg of them to negotiate shorter radius curves the steel they use: “Round-edge as in inner city operation. the bracket, the part that bolts against Automotive Leaf Spring”. the transom where the severest The cases – Everywhere we looked One of the concerns I had was we saw parts for 100. The cases, which corrosion occurred. He then welded in a getting the same ride in 100 as it was new section of steel with mounting left STM still covered with heavy layers supposed to have, not too soft nor ‘like of grime and rust, were now beautifully holes bored in. Yet to be made are the a brick’. One of the items on the spec U-bolts which hang the actual swing cleaned up and painted with a red-oxide was the ‘loaded’ height. We had primer. (They will end up black.). The links. These will have to be ground pressed the spring in the hydraulic press slightly so they fit the narrower inside motors are suspended from these cases to the extent that it appeared it had been by a steel plate with four holes bored in of the channel. in service, and found it took 5,000 lbs. Brake beams – These were made by it through which go heavy bolts. To to press it down to that point at which make these holes we’re ordering ALCO by forging a solid bar, the loaded height was 7 in. Due to a hammering it thinner on each end to fit another Rotabroach to be used in the glitch in faxing these specs to Beall, magnetic-base drill. the brake beams. So Randy has had a that figure became ’15,000’ lbs. So, bit of a challenge welding different when the approval sheet came through I thickness of steel plate end to end to General Electric CP 30 Air immediately questioned them because it Compressor duplicate the cross-section. would have been an extremely hard Equalizer bars have now had the pits The compressor is largely taken spring! apart. The motor armature has been around the holes at the base of the coil They explained that spring making springs filled. tested and is ok although the was somewhat of a black art (my term). commutator will need to be smoothed Truck bolster no. 1 is now ready to If you’re making lots of them, you can go together. We found that the up. In the actual compressor part, the set up the equipment and come up with pistons, connecting rods, rings, etc. measurements we had made of the some standards after you see how things necessary bolts to fasten it together have been removed. The main bearings come out in the prototypes. Ours is a on the crankshaft are very tight and it were different than the original estimate prototype in itself. They will trial so some modifications had to be made. turns beautifully. They don’t know the assemble it using the dimensions we status of the rod bearings and wrist pins. Bolts – With some very small faxed them based on what we found in exceptions we have made, found in The man working on it had a heart the original. Then they will test it and attack while doing so and hasn’t come stock or purchased the necessary bolts let us know what they find. If it comes for both trucks. All the nuts and lock back as yet. close to the 5,000 lb. figure Of historical interest, we do know washers have also been primed and everything’s fine. If it’s not, I don’t painted and the nuts tried on each to that the compressor under the car was quite know what we’ll do. He said the removed sometime between 1919 and make sure the nuts spin on smoothly. spring makers at that point are This has called for a certain amount of 1927 as the maintenance card shows a blacksmiths and work from there in the ‘CP’ compressor. re-threading. old-fashioned way. The important thing Body Bolsters – The 1 in. x 8 in. Elliptic spring is the 10 in. ‘free’ height. plates forming the bolsters’ bottom We just placed the order with Beall Trucks section were bent and primed by Novel Mfg. Co. of East Alton, IL for four All of the material for the trucks with Iron Works and now will require springs. One of the terms on the spec the exception of the journal boxes and painting and re-assembly. We can’t put sheet which I was to approve before bearings is ready for reassembly (except the ‘deck’ back together very they did any work was “REALS”. I for those few parts which still need conveniently until there is something thought it was some sort of way they some painting). Randy brought back the solid and permanent to support the sills. 16 Paint analysis schemes over time as were the agreements had to be renegotiated Bob Reich took three boards, which passenger cars. We wonder if it was every year. we believe have representative samples done to keep the crews busy or whether Streetcar restoration projects include of the various layers of paint on them, outdoor storage took a toll on the Edmonton #1 (Ottawa 1908) and to Building Conservation Associates in equipment. Edmonton #33 (St. Louis 1912). Work Dedham, MA. One is from an exterior When 100 was moved to Seashore in is beginning on Regina #42 (CCF door post and the other two are from 1949, it had two poles, the body was 1928). the inside: one a window post cover one color and the number was a dark Ridership declined slightly from and the other from the lowest piece of color. 45,625 in 2006 to 43,739 in 2007. wainscot (one that appears to be in There is a possibility that Seashore pretty good shape). We hope to visit people went to Sanford and painted the East Troy Railroad Museum Brian Powell, their analyst, to locomotive to spruce it up, but it is East Troy, WI determine what would be the best unlikely. It is my feeling the photos The museum has raised $83,000 in colors to match in our final painting. supposedly from 1949 are actually from the last year towards several projects. We are waiting for him to complete 1939, or no later than the very early 4000 ties are being replaced along the other commitments. 40s. But it is unlikely they put on a mainline. Sheboygan Railway & Light Color confusion - There is some second pole. (That was done many interurban #26 will receive several confusion as to just what colors were years later.) finishing details, including new pilots used on 100. According to O. R. The interior of the cab is also on each end. All the seats are being Cummings’ York County Trolleys, the confusing. The ceiling roof boards and reupholstered in South Shore interurban three locomotives purchased from down to the header over the windows #30. Toledo Edison GE steelecab #1 is Laconia Car Company in 1906, were are gray and white, but we think the being returned to service after many ‘green with white trim’. It is obvious white, which was never finished, was years of inactivity. from photos, especially of 102 from the done by Seashore. The area around the early years that the lettering was white. Houston Railroad Museum windows is maroon(ish) but also Houston, TX If you look at the earliest photo of 100, grayish with traces of buff. The maroon before any modifications, the area The year 2007 saw these is probably the most recent. The accomplishments. The Kansas City around the side windows appears wainscot below the sash is also in the lighter than that around the front sash. Southern observation car Good Cheer maroon with some traces of gray. was transported to the museum to This does not show up in any of the Since the two-tone scheme was photos of 102 of the period, so it may complete its restoration on a newly really not representative of the ASL and acquired 89-foot flatcar. Its trucks are have just been the lighting, and the probably short-lived, we will use the ‘white’ trim may only have been the being rebuilt, helped by $42,000 of longer-lived green, actual color to be donations from members in 2007. Two lettering. determined by the analysis. Because of The next photo we have dates from cabooses were sent to Arkansas for its great local significance, we will be repainting. Half the windows in the about 1919. Here it is definitely all one taking a bit of license and have the color except possibly the sash which Missouri-Kansas-Texas coach New prominent ATLANTIC SHORE LINE Braunfels were converted from Lexan could be a deep maroon or ‘tile’ red. RAILWAY and the Laconia Car Unfortunately some of the photos to glass. Volunteer hours were recorded Company logo on the side sills. for the first time, and totaled 4000. The aren’t dated so we don’t have an Hilton Rickard collection of 152 1940s accurate ‘color chronology’. There is one showing it newly painted, still with THE MUSEUM REVIEW and 50s photos was donated. Volunteer one pole, in a dark color with the hours for 2007 totaled 4198. Edmonton Radial Railway Society number either white or silver, much Edmonton, AB Illinois Railway Museum brighter than any other photograph. I The Society recently sent out an Union, IL suspect this is from the 1930s. annual report on its 2007 activities, The museum has added New York Now the confusion: We have black- always appreciated by far-away IRT “Redbird” R-28 subway cars and-white photos taken (supposedly) in magazine editors. Its executive #7926 and 7927 (ACF 1960) to its 1947 showing 100 in a maroon and committee was reorganized . Instead of collection. They were retired in 2002. cream-one pole and no number. Then serving at large, each now heads a there is one taken by R. L. Day on 17 department, Operations, Rolling Stock, Lake Superior Railroad Museum September 1949 in color showing the Infrastructure, Finances, Administration Duluth, MN maroon and cream scheme. This one and Public Relations. Reportedly this Here’s a fund-raising first. To raise appears in the CERA book A Rainbow has led to a more functional museum. money for a local dog sled team to of Traction. When we opened the small During 2007 museum practices were travel to Alaska for the Iditerod sled doors on the sides of the hoods we upgraded and formalized with the goal race, the museum staged a dogs- found maroon paint that had run down of recognition by the Alberta Museums pulling-caboose event. Twenty dogs the inside through the vent holes, over Association. To date the AMA has were harnessed to a steel Soo Line the green. (The paint was obviously considered ERRS to be an “aspiring caboose. They needed a little help to applied generously but not with the museum”. Improvements are underway start it rolling, but pulled it the rest of greatest craftsmanship!) in the areas of long term planning, the the way unassisted. It made the front There are several photos of 100, at accession register, care and handling of page of the Duluth newspaper and the end of operations, in the one-color artifacts and cataloguing guidelines. A appeared on all three local TV stations. scheme. One is dated 9 April 1949. The revised AMA submission has been sent number is a dark color, possibly ‘gold’ Minnesota Streetcar Museum and the hope is for full membership in Minneapolis, MN which has darkened with time. The line 2008. was dieselized in June of 1949. There is During 2007, museum membership A ten-year agreement to continue grew from 238 to 290. The museum also one undated with 102 in the running streetcars on the High Level maroon and white scheme while 100 is launched a new quarterly streetcar Bridge Line has been signed with the history magazine, Twin City Lines. in ‘unicolor’. It was also in other City of Edmonton. Formerly the Twin City Rapid Transit streetcar 17 #1300 (TCRT Snelling Shops 1908) McEachern Charitable Trust has most direct rail route to the museum, received a major renovation, including awarded a $35,000 grant toward but made it only to the US/Mexico all new exterior wainscoting and construction of the Train Shed portion border at San Ysidro. The Tijuana & structural repairs. The complete of the Railway History Center. Funding Tecate is the Mexican portion of the old restoration of Winona, MN streetcar pledged or received to date totals $2.5 San Diego & Arizona Eastern route. It #10 continued. Over 900 Minnesota million of the $3,2 million target. passes through a shantytown section of streetcar photos were added to the The museum has hired its first full- Tijuana where the residents steal museum’s archive and over 800 were time Collections Care Manager, electricity from the power line that scanned and placed online. A fire responsible for the collection and the parallels the railroad. Many have strung suppression sprinkler system was day-to-day operation of the new electrical cords high enough above the installed in the Excelsior carbarn and Conservation and Restoration Center. tracks for regular freight cars to pass $85,000 has been raised toward a The Renton History Museum has under, but not a high load like a similar system in the Lake Harriet contracted with NRM to restore a locomotive on flat car. Even though the carbarn, including grants from the Onan seven-foot long, narrow gauge, wood cords are illegal, there was no political Family Foundation, Pohlad Family bodied mine car that was used to haul will to remove them. After sitting at the Foundation and 20th Century Electric coal. The project is funded by a King border for months, the S2 was rerouted Railway Foundation. County 4Culture Grant. back to Los Angeles, over Cajon Pass and through the reopened Carizzo National Railroad Museum Oregon Electric Railway Museum Gorge route to Campo, 300 miles Green Bay, WI Brooks, OR instead of the short route of 49 miles. The museum has received a $4.25 The museum is now hosting Portland million donation of land from Allan J. Terminal Alco S2 diesel switcher #36, Pennsylvania Trolley Museum Riley. The 14-acre property is located owned by the Pacific Northwest Washington, PA directly across the street from the Chapter NRHS. It will be displayed a The rebuilding of Rio de Janeiro museum’s entrance and currently is work train power with a flat car, open car #1758 has been given a large occupied by a warehouse. flanger, Jordan spreader and Southern assist by a $212,000 grant from the The heart of the new Pullman Pacific steam crane. Allegheny Foundation. The project is Porters: From Service to Civil Rights also funded by $110,000 of in0kind history exhibit will be heavyweight Pacific Southwest Railway Museum contributions and the proceeds from the sleeping car Lake Mitchell (Pullman Campo, CA sale of sister car #1774 to the Northern 1924). It was recently shipped to Reporting on painting has always Ohio Railway Museum. The goal is for Avalon Rail in West Allis, WI for a posed a dilemma for the editor. Unless the open car to enter service in 2009. renovation which will include new it is part of a restoration, painting is wiring for the interactive exhibits. merely maintenance, probably not Shore Line Trolley Museum Recent grants in support of the project worth reporting. Sometimes painting is East Haven, CT include $28,730 from Green Bay-based actually a cheap substitute for real Much museum work seems trucker Schneider National and a repairs, temporarily covering over the incremental, taking place over an $31,000 Joint Marketing Grant from the problems instead of doing the harder extended period. The Tripper newsletter Wisconsin Department of Tourism. work of fixing them. On the other hand, helpfully summarized 2007’s nothing improves a museum’s image to accomplishments. Volunteer hours Niles Canyon Railway visitors better that keeping things reached a new high of 17,311, making Sunol, CA painted. Within limits, it does protect possible the following: Tenant Golden Gate Railroad against further deterioration. We all Brooklyn 197: Structural replacement Museum returned Southern Pacific 4-6- love a new shiny paint job—we just feel of a rotted portion of the side sill. 2 #2472 to service on February 18, better because of it, especially when the Interior and exterior paint and trim 2008. GGRM has also transferred piece in question was formerly dingy, work. New upper and lower roof ownership of an SP lightweight rusted, etc. That certainly explains all canvas. articulated coach to Niles Canyon the new paint job photos that find their Hudson & Manhattan subway car 503: owner Pacific Locomotive Association. way into mainstream rail magazines. Ceiling and interior trim refinishing. Even though service was restored to PSRM has been on a painting Connecticut Company streetcar 865: downtown Niles in 2008 following the campaign designed to upgrade its Completion of platform rebuilding Mission Boulevard bridge image, the kind of strategic and exterior painting and lettering. reconstruction, the station area was improvement that deserves to be Interior wood refinishing. undeveloped, lacked a runaround track reported. In 2006 its San Diego & Rhode Island 1504: Interior ceiling, and was not laid out efficiently. To Arizona Eastern baggage car #6700 was wall and floor repainting. Refinishing address these issues, the existing track repainted inside and out. In summer of tools and wrecking equipment. was removed this winter and relocated, 2007 80-ton locomotive #7285 was Brooklyn PCC streetcar 1001: Heater along with the construction of a sanded, primed and painted. In the past blower repairs. Air system and control runaround track. Utilities were buried few months, volunteers have repainted group repairs. and drainage improved. A new station two wood coaches, two steel coaches, Connecticut Company streetcar 775: platform and access road are being the Campo depot, and 1932 Santa Maria Finish work on new doors. Body built. Valley railbus #9. As part of a full bolster and heater repairs. Roof restoration, Rockdale, Sandow & painting. Exterior painting. Northwest Railway Museum Southern “Jim Crow” combine #3 Brooklyn 1227: Crown beam Snoqualmie, WA (Pennsylvania Rail Road 1886) is being replacement and platform rebuilding The Train Shed project has received painted. #2 end. Repainting of some interior a $25,000 grant from the Seattle Santa Fe Alco S2 diesel switcher items and gates. Heat repairs. Foundation and a $10,000 grant from #2381 has arrived at the museum after Connecticut Company streetcar 3000: Puget Sound Energy Foundation. It’s months of delay and rerouting. Loaded Ceiling and interior trim painting. the Seattle Foundation’s fourth grant to on a flatcar due to its friction bearings, the museum. The D. V. and Ida it was originally sent via Tijuana, the 18 Staten Island Rapid Transit car 388: these steps are not cheap, the museum and Gold Company, formerly known as Completion of roof repainting. Other is looking into sponsorship of the Phelps Dodge is donating two engines, exterior repainting and repairs. energy project by utilities and other a 1947 NW2 switcher and a 1953 GP- Montreal 3152: New canvas and trolley companies involved in renewable 30 road switcher, which worked at the boards. Repairs to plow mechanism. energy. As a first step in this effort, an company’s Ajo, AZ copper mines. Montreal Shunter: New trolley pole exhibit on the historic powering of Another recent addition is a mockup base wooden mounting block and streetcars by renewable energy is being light rail vehicle, acquired last year mast. Montreal 5002: Interior created inside the visitor center. It will through the city of Phoenix. woodwork. cite numerous cases of streetcars that Brooklyn streetcar 1792: Air brake ran on hydro power, and with stress that The Henry Ford Museum in system made operational again. electrically powered rail transit has Dearborn, MI has purchased Headliner panel refinishing. always been a green technology. Pennsylvania GG1 electric locomotive Connecticut Company streetcar 1602: #4917 from the Leatherstocking Steps and windows serviced. Floor Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Historical Society in repainted. Railway Museum, Alna, ME Cooperstown, NY, one of two owned Red Arrow Brilliner interurban 8: Truck The Massachusetts Bay Railroad by them. It is one of 16 surviving reassembled (without motors or brake Enthusiasts has granted $10,000 toward members of the 139 original members rigging) and placed under car. the expansion of the museum’s car of its class. Brooklyn Elevated rapid transit car storage and repair building, with the 1349: Brake cylinder repacked. goal of covering the rest of the The Museum of the American Bonnet boards fitted and other misc. collection. Railroad is planning to move from its interior work. constricted site at Dallas’ Fair Park to Interborough Rapid Transit subway car THIRD HAND the northern suburb of Frisco. The city INFORMATION 5466: Battery and door circuit repairs. of Frisco will provide the museum $1 New York City Transit Authority million in funding and a 12.3-acre tract subway car 6688: Spot repainting. The multi-year restoration of the near the Dallas North Tollway. The Union Ry. 316: Truck repainting. historic Lackawanna terminal in museum draws about 30,000 visitors a Chicago, North Shore & Milwaukee Hoboken, NJ continues. The original year at its present site. At present, all interurban 709: Floor painting. clock tower, removed following storm the equipment is displayed outdoors on Miscellaneous interior work. damage in 1950, was replaced by a new the crowded 1.3 acre site. Fair Park had Third Avenue Ry. Streetcar 629: New replica in February 2008. Previously offered a larger 3.2 acres, but could not motorman's curtain. the main waiting room had been match the financial incentives offered Philadelphia 205: The only trackless restored and the roof replaced. The next by Frisco. trolley in the museum's collection has phase will return five of the original been prepared for operation and a ferry slips to service. Laurel Lines. The Indiana Transportation Museum short stretch of double-wire overhead From Rypn.org Flimsies has received a $35,000 marketing grant is nearing completion. A private party has a Pennsylvania from the Lilly Endowment. It will Rail Road 4-wheel wood caboose spend the money through the Ball State Timber Heritage Museum University Business Fellows initiative, Eureka, CA (Juniata Shops 1905) to the Ligonier Valley Rail Road Association for which will employ a team of 14 The California State Railroad marketing, advertising and public Museum has donated Dolbeer & Carson placement near the Darlington (PA) Station. Last fall, the association relations students on the project. Lumber Co. logging 2-6-2 #3 (Baldwin Activities include revamping the 1922). The locomotive later ran on the completed a $340,000 exterior restoration of the station. museum’s Web site, conducting a Stockton Terminal & Eastern. ridership survey for the museum’s state The Ohio Railway Museum has fair train, putting together slide show West Coast Railway Association presentations and video-cataloging the Squamish, BC donated a Hocking Valley steel caboose (Standard Steel 1924) to the Hocking museum’s artifacts. In late 2007, the association received a matching grant of $350,000 from the Valley Scenic Railway in Nelsonville, OH. The Harmony-Preston Valley Trail Vancouver Foundation to grow its in southeastern Minnesota follows a endowment fund. The BC Arts former Milwaukee Road branch line Renaissance Fund has provided the The Railroad Museum of South Florida has received Missouri Pacific that was built as a narrow gauge. The match, so the endowment is now at Preston Historical Society has acquired $715,000, large enough to provide steel caboose #12062 from a private party. a 1939 Milwaukee Road ribside boxcar annual interest of about $35,000. from the Iowa, Chicago & eastern Total at attendance at museum sites Railroad. It will be refurbished and and events increased from 57,000 in A tiny 20-ton ex-Army single-truck locomotive (Whitcomb 1941) has been placed on track next to the town’s 2006 to 64,500 in 2007. restored grain elevator. donated to the Shasta Cascade Rail Western Railway Museum Preservation Society in Redding, CA. Rio Vista Junction, CA Heritage Canada has included two A wind generator farm has been built The fledgling Arizona State Railroad railroad facilities on its 2008 list of the on the ridge just east of the museum’s Museum in Williams has been Top Ten Endangered Places. The demonstration railway. Its presence has acquiring locomotives. The Salt River Grand Trunk roundhouse in Biggar, inspired the goal of powering the Material Group (SRMG) has donated a Saskatchewan, the last of its kind on museum with renewable energy. The 1954 40-ton GE switch engine from the prairie, is on demolition watch. The potential for carbarn roof solar SRMG's Clarkdale cement plant. It had Grand Trunk station in Kingston, collectors is being explored, along with moved all of the cement products for Ontario, an 1856 limestone original in tapping into the wind generators to the Glen Canyon Dam between 1958 critical condition. power the museum’s railroad. Because and 1959. Freeport-McMoran Copper 19 PRSRT. STD. U.S.POSTAGE Association of Railway Museums, Inc. PAID 1016 Rosser Street MINNEAPOLIS, MN Conyers, GA 30012 PERMIT NO. 1096 Address Service Requested ARM is a Professional Affiliate Member of the American Association of Museums Milwaukee Road H12-44 switcher #740 (Fairbanks-Morse 1952) shares a track with Milwaukee Road 1948 home-built coach #618. These are a small portion of the rolling stock on display at ARM member Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum in Bellevue, Ohio. Jim Vaitkunas photo.
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