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Monticello Railway Museum

A new car storage building was built on the east side of the Illinois Terminal mail line just north of the depot at the Museum site.

The building contains three tracks and stores most of the restored passenger equipment.

The switch for the building lead will exit the IT main line just behind the photographer position.

With the building completed, the track begins to be extended to the waiting doors.

An overall view of the new car barn's location to the display tracks.

This past Winter saw more trackwork inside.

New electrical service for all the buildings was also installed.

With two tracks now operational, material gathers to complete the third track.

In 2014, the Nelson Crossing (NX) Carbarn was exteneded to be even longer.

This extension was made possible by the generous donation of a coporate donor.

The NX barn can hold all but one car of the Polar Express tain on a single track.

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.