Many of the locomotives and cars you see on exhibit have been restored to their appearance when they were in service. This requires skilled work and special equipment, which is found in our Restoration Shop. There, they deal with removal of rust and wood rot, rebuilding, painting, research, and whatever is needed to put old equipment into fine shape.
For safety reasons, the Shop may be visited only during special 30 minute tours, available upon request at Noon and 4 p.m. $5 fee. Museum visitors may also observe shop activities over closed-circuit TV from our Rolling Stock Hall.
This historic snow plow, pushed by a steam locomotive to clear drifts, was completely rebuilt, and is on display. It required major disassembly and rebuilding from the steel undercarriage up to the roof.
Work is tedious, often dirty, but performed to achieve professional results.
Here, the historic Pennsylvania Railroad No. 460, the "Lindbergh Engine," is being worked on. This locomotive raced an airplane in 1928 and set speed records on the Northeast Corridor. This ongoing restoration project will take several years and hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Skilled volunteers to work on these and other projects are welcome, along with donations for this expensive work!