Monticello Railway Museum

The tender gets painted on the inside.

The top begins to appear.

With the top now on, ladders can be attached.

Not quite complete yet, but getting there.

Meanwhile, work on the front end has progressed.

This is the oil tank for the tender taking shape.

Another view of the almost complete oil tank.

Here's the oil bunker install in the tender.

Rivets are put on the tender the new fashion way, welding just the heads on a welded tender.

New rivet heads all in a row.

Another rivet head joins the row.

Here’s one side with just about all the rivet heads applied.

The tender gets an acid bath before painting.

The tender in primer paint waiting for its second coat.

First the lettering is put on and masked with vinyl lettering.

Ready for the black.

The finished tender.

401 takes a look at its own tender backside.

Here’s everything assembled in the right order.

A look inside the firebox before the refractory gets installed.

Firing up for the first steam test.

A view of the mounted air compressor.

The cylinder steam pipe is blown out.

Testing the cylinder dry cock piping.

Meanwhile, back in the machine shop. The piston and rod get turned.

The boiler insulation begins to appear.

More insulation as it advances back toward the cab.

Insulation just about complete except for inside the cab.

Here are 401's slide valves after machining.

One of the slide valves getting a test fit.

The valve gear starts to appear.

The wrist pins, old and new.

Work on the rods start with sandblasting.

Then you shine them up.

Shining in process.

The valve gear nears completion.

The jacket is almost complete.

The main rods get a test fit.

401 moves under its own power after completion of a 15 year rebuild.

401 out on a test run in September 2010.

Another view of 401. Watch the schedule page for those weekends 401 will be running in train service.


The Monticello Railway Museum depends upon many sources of income to acquire, restore, maintain and operate the museum and we welcome donations. Donors help fund and facilitate many projects at the museum and provide income above and beyond train tickets, gift shop sales and membership dues.

While our volunteers perform the majority of the required labor for restorations at the museum, the need for money to purchase materials and equipment is increasing. Now that work on steam locomotive #401 is complete, the amount of consumable shop materials used is increasing. For example: acetylene and oxygen for the cutting torch; drill bits and cutting tools for the machine shop; grinding wheels and wire wheels for metal preparation and LP gas for heat to allow our volunteers to work during the winter are costing several-hundred dollars each month.

A gift donation towards restoration work would be greatly appreciated. In addition, thoughtful family members, in your name, can make a donation to the museum.

Either way, your donation is appreciated and contributes to our overall financial security and will help us collectively facilitate much needed improvements at the museum. As a reminder, the Monticello Railway Museum is a registered 501 (C 3) not for profit organization and all donations to the museum are tax deductible. All donors to the museum will receive a letter acknowledging the donation.