Volunteers are building Gopher State Railway Museum.
Three pieces of equipment are still stored off GSRM property and need to be brought home soon.
Locomotive Northern Pacific 717 is an Alco S4 diesel switcher. Budd Coach Silver Crest is a Burlington Route coach. Both are stored outside in Montgomery, MN.
Budd Coach Silver Forest is a Burlington Route coach stored in St Paul.
Vandalism is taking it's toll on these pieces of equipment. NP 717 had no broken glass when donated to GSRM, as a result of vandalism, it now has no glass, including cab gauges.
NP 717 wasn't operational when donated to GSRM becuase it suffered an electrical fire prior to its retirment.
CB&Q Coach Silver Crest also had a full set of glass when acquired by GSRM and required only a small amount of restoration work to bring it back to its former appearance when it operated on Burlington Zephyrs.
It too has suffered at the hands of vandals with no glass left in the windows and the interior a shambles.
CB&Q Coach Silver Forest (not pictured) has also been heavily vandalized in St Paul. All the windows are broken, vandals have repeatedly broken in, most recently actually bending the stainless steel hallway door. Parts have been stolen and the car is covered from end to end with graffitti.
Volunteers are are planning a fund raising campaign to bring this equipment home to its site in New Prague.
A switch needs to be installed in the UP mainline to allow rail access to GSRM property. Volunteers have built the switch and it's currently stored next to the UP mainline, approximately where it will be installed.
There's still dirt work to be done to grade the rest of the right-of-way for GSRM's spur track. GSRM still needs approval from the UP to have UP crews install the switch.
This is a vital project to GSRM. These pieces need to come home before they incur further damage. They're also unique pieces that will add to GSRM's operating equipment when restored.
Please consider donating to the project or become a GSRM Volunteer.
If you would like to help save these pieces of equipment from further damage and vandalism, please consider donating to the "Bring Us Home" fund.
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