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Monticello Railway Museum

2018 saw the Museum's purchase of the nearby property that used to be a private residence

With this property came an average looking garage.

Thanks to a gernous donation by the family and friends of the late Dick Kuelbs, the garge was transformed into a workshop that matches the depot which it sits across from.

Complete with fake motorcar doors like the Rankin Building has, the workshop looks very authentic now.

The donation also provided funds to re-do the former garage interior. The north room was raw studs before this transformation. This is a rolling storage box for North Pole cords and control boxes that we keep in this space.

New shelving in the worksop allows for more efficient storage of Polar supplies.

The south side was already a workshop, but new paint and lighting made a big difference.

Also on the south side was this usable cabinetry.

Looking at the east side of the workshop All this storage is useful.

Then in 2019, new workbenches arrived.

These workbenches are a big improvement from the folding tables we started out with.

Good insulation in the workshop means that we can have A/C in the summer, and electric heat in the winter.


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.