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Monticello Railway Museum

The new Masonite ceiling gets installed, first by setting the ends in place.

Carefully start raising one side.

With one side up start raising the other side.

Getting ready for the final snap.

The new piece is in, ready for trim.

892 made it out in time for Ghost Train. Here it is just out of the paint shop.

Some additional interior work needs to be done this winter and the car should be in service for all of 2009.

With the exterior completed the interior nears completion.

With lots of elbow grease applied the interior woodwork shows its original luster.

Here’s a detail picture of the stencil applied to the ceiling. The pattern was found on the original ceiling material under many layers of paint.

A clear coat gets applied as one final measure.

Another view of the detail.

The car still needs reupholstered, but the rest is done after a 2 year project.

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.