Monticello Railway Museum

On December 26th, 2007, Norfolk Southern delivered our newest acquisition, ex-IC diner 4112, (originally built for the C&EI as # 505, the Shakamack Inn). Donated to Monticello Railway Museum by the Southeast Louisiana Chapter of the NRHS the car is shown here under the train shed at the Louisiana Art and Science Museum that had been its home for the last 37 years.

Here's the six seat lounge section.

Seating for 48.

A little bit of light makes things look a little better.

The kitchen is nearly intact. Missing only a freezer taken out for HVAC installation by its previous owner.

This car was purchased from the C&EI by the IC on October 24, 1962. This car was used by the IC in general service.

This car is the last piece of IC equipment needed to complete our IC trainset, and also has the potential of being a revenue producing car.

Here’s the dining area stripped out so the work can begin.

A little window leak plus time can cause big problems. Not only is the floor gone, but the conduits in and under the floor did not do well either.

Another view of the biggest area of water damage.

Another one of the window sills that is now dimensional rust and will have to be replaced.

The electrical locker begins to take shape.

Repairs to the skirting is complete.

More repaired skirting.

Each skirt was a little different in the repairs needed.

One last view of the skirting repairs.

No more purple!!!.

Once the wall covering is gone, cleanup begins.

The walls get stripped before the new wallpaper goes up.

A sample of the new wallpaper.

Outside the car is now in primer.

A major portion of the hallway floor and side sill had to be replaced.

Floor heaters get mounted.

The interior was painted during the May 2010 Spring Fling.

Masking still in place.

The exterior gets lots of epoxy in order to create a smooth finish.

After 12 days of applying and sanding epoxy, the car needed a bath as well as the shop.

Headed back to the shop for more epoxy.

Leaving the car shop headed for another coat of primer.

In yet another primer coat the diner makes the trip back to the car shop.

The only color on the diner at this point is masked off for the number.

Back on the inside, the wallpaper gets installed in early 2012.

Spring 2012 and the painting begins. Yellow first, then orange.

With the roof already done we were able to double team the side painting.

The end result, now back to the interior work.

4112 will be getting a generator, here it is painted ready to go on.

Here's the generator mounted under the car.

Some of the many parts that have had the paint stripped off and have been polished.


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.