Starting in the Museum’s early days as an endeavor by volunteers to save historic locomotives from deterioration, restoration has grown to a major program, combining the Museum’s two paid staff and extensive volunteer effort.
Now housed in a specially-constructed restoration shop, the program is supported by equipment and ancillary facilities. Workers bring a wide range of skills, including but not limited to metal working, woodworking, welding, painting and electrical. Characterized as a focused but enjoyable effort, the team has successfully undertaken a series of major projects.
Emphasis is placed on restoring equipment to designated standards of appearance and material, balancing cosmetic authenticity with practicality in an era when the infrastructure that originally built this equipment no longer exists.