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Monticello Railway Museum

Volunteers fabricating new wood replacement piece for snow plow in the museum's new mortising machine.

Volunteer checking and measuring depth of cut for replacement wood pieces being installed.

Volunteers aligning new wood pieces for installation.

Several volunteers working on the CP snowplow on a cold winter day inside the new heated wood car shop.

Roof was removed as part of restoration to fully assess wood integrity of the car.

Side view of snow plow.

Rear view of snow plow.

Snow plow was carefully taken apart and parts and materials tagged and safely stored on staging shelving.

Adjustable cutting edge of snow plow. Individual plates can have height adjusted to accommodate crossings, switch frogs and other clearance concerns while plowing snow.

Engineers side of snowplow. Plow is still in remarkable condition considering its age.

Original Quebec Central paint, reporting marks and number visible underneath wing of snowplow.

View of top of car side from interior showing areas where new parts will be fabricated and installed. This is painstaking process.

Cupola is suspended. Adjustments and alignment are continually checked and verified while measuring for each replacement part.

View of operator stand with air operated equipment to control plow height and operate the side wings.

View of top sill of car.

Original placard for employee notice and original paint .

Interior overall view.

Original red painted snow plow marker for engineers side plow wing.


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.