Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Mid-Continent Railroad Museum - A restoration

From our story by Barry Adams: 

"The '1385' has seen better days. The 104-year-old steam engine has traversed the country pulling freight and passengers, been in movies and shuttled colorful wagons from Circus World Museum in Baraboo to Milwaukee for the Great Circus Parade.

Led by a $250,000 matching grant from the Wagner Foundation, a fundraising campaign is under way to cover the costs of a restoration for the 1385 that is expected to cost an estimated $1.2 million. If completed, it would be the largest restoration project in the museum's history but less than the estimated $2 million it is taking to restore the museum following the floods of 2008.

"When I look at it, I know what (it) can be and that's the drive to keep it going," said Don Meyer, [above] project director of the 1385 restoration effort. "I know the impact that it has on the general public."

 The builder's plate of Chicago & North Western No. 1385, a steam engine under restoration at the Mid-Continent Railway Museum in North Freedom, Wis.
Children mill-around Copper Range No. 29, a locomotive on display at the Mid-Continent Railway Museum in North Freedom, Wis., Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011. Children and other visitors to the museum may someday be able to ride the rails driven by the old steam technology if the Chicago & North Western No. 1385 is successfully restored.
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