Monticello Railway Museum

Front elevation of the tower.

A side elevation.

A sidewall will be extended from the train shed to the new tower location as well as the Rankin Motor car shed and the new car barn.

The foundation is in work.

Concrete forms.

The completed foundation.

Another view of the completed foundation.

The tower begins to take shape.

A view from the second floor.

Another view from the second floor.

An underfloor view of the additional lumber used to support the lever machine.

The tower is now closed in so interior work can proceed during the winter months.

A good view of the tower along with the motor car shed.

A view looking down the path from the car display shed.

The bottom floor.

The view looking down the display track lead.

Steel supports for the Interlocking machines are built on the ground floor.

On the outside the tower nears it final look.

In the Backshop, work on one of the Interlocking machines is started.

Painting is now complete on the outside.

Painting is nearing completion on the inside.

The stairs are nearing completion in the backshop.

A test fit of the stairs.

The west side of the tower in the setting sun.


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.