By Aaron Isaacs, HRA editor
This last update on completed projects includes freight cars, non-revenue cars and archives. Although freight cars don’t tend to get the attention given to locomotives, trolleys and passenger cars, they are often the easiest and cheapest restorations to perform (especially steel cars). They also are the quickest way to turn unsightly pieces into attractive exhibits.
Besides steam locomotives, the Age of Steam Roundhouse has been turning out the freight car rehabs, including Pittsburgh & Lake Erie covered hopper #1447, Montour hopper #847 and Libby’s insulated boxcar #26571.
No one has restored more freight cars than the Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec, about 40 of them in the last ten years. 2018 saw the completion of Rio Grande Southern wheel and tie car #06092, stock car #5995, caboose #0400, gondola #787, sheep car #5674, reefer #169, boxcar #3090, steel flatcar #6200 and idler flat #6746. They received the Significant Achievement Award–Freight Cars. We don’t have photos of all of them, but here’s what we do have.
This year the Center for Railway Photography & Art acquired the collections of Jim Shaughnessy and Victor Hand.
The Canadian Railway Historical Association’s Exporail museum has acquired the enormous corporate collection of the Canadian Pacific Railway, and for that they received the Significant Achievement Award–Archives.