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Monticello Railway Museum

Interlocking mechanism below floor in place.

Conduits installed for remote relay cases and other appliances.

Remote relay case set at Signal 1 .

Starting a semaphore signal restoration.

Levers in and mostly painted.

Time release and approach bell cabinet installed.

First high signal put up was No.1, the former B&O Color Position Light.

Relay shelving in the lower level of the tower takes shape.

Semaphore motor restoration continues....

After Signal #15 was up, attention turned to Signal #14. See next image for legend of signals.

The model board for the signals is in place, but no lights in it yet.

On the white board are "tappet circuit controllers" that convert lever action into electrical switching.

Signals #14 and #15 are complete here in early 2017.

Before the reconditioned semaphores could be placed in service, a test bed to exercise them was created.

Next to last tall signal to go up was the semaphore at Signal #16. Here, the lower head is being hung.

The semaphore mast was a little short for the top head. Nothing that an expert welder can't fix!

Last signal to be put up was #2, on the IT side. It follows the IT practice of red on top.

In mid-2017, the relay wiring commenced. It was a huge project to get ready for RR Days that year.

The back of the board that holds the tappet circuit controllers. The silver pipes go up to the levers.

Here is #6789 passing the completed semaphore at Signal #16. The lights are working now.

"Clear" inidcation on Signal #14.

"Restricting" on Signal #15.

The system was working for RR days in 2017. Here is the model board on a day after that event.

The levers pulled here are for a northbound on the Central Sub and a southbound on the Terminal.

The operator's desk looks a little too modern with the laptop.

Because there were no track circuits in the beginning, an "OS simulation" box was built.


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.