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APRHF Amtrak Exhibit Refurbishment

$1,715 of $150,000 goal

Raised by 26 people in 9 months
The Exhibition of Amtrak History has been a beautiful source of history for guests that stop, or visit, La Plata, Missouri, but we need YOUR help with this project to make it better!


We want to:

Provide the cars with a solid base for the track and ties.
Paint the outside as close to original as possible.
Protect the cars with a shelter.

The ground needs levelled in order to have a very solid base under the cars. “New to us” track and ties would need to be purchased and laid.


The outside of the cars have been a sore spot for several years and we have been addressing issues that will help with the longevity of the cars. The leaks in the roof of the car’s have been fixed and now we want to put the cars back to “as close to original” as we can.


To help with the longevity of the cars in our future and care, we want to provide them with a shelter. Under this shelter will be new walkways that will be handicap accessible.



What is the Exhibition of Amtrak History?

The Exhibition of Amtrak History is housed in two ex-Amtrak material handling cars and is the only one like it in existence in the world. The displays inside the cars cover Amtrak from its inception in 1971 to modern day: the north car houses a Lionel layout and displays of the Dome Car, 40th Anniversary, Trails & Rails, and timetables through the years; the south car houses Amtrak memorabilia by the route, a large Ski Amtrak advertising map, menus, books, and etc. The cars only show part of the collection the APRHF has in its archives. This exhibit was dedicated in 2008 and has sat adjacent to the Depot Inn & Suites since.


What is so special about these cars?

The cars are from the late 80’s and 90’s when Amtrak entered the express business. It was not uncommon to see these type of cars on Amtrak trains across the USA. Sometimes there were more express cars than there were passenger cars on the trains. Most of these 1400 series cars were retired in the late 90’s and replaced by newer boxcars and expresstrak reefers. These cars were only used for a short time and the whole program was shut down in the early 2000’s. We have two 1400 series cars (1429 and 1451) that the Exhibition of Amtrak History reside in: the rest of the cars in this first series were scrapped.



Here is our plan for the project.

Step 1: Build a new track area (220ft) for the cars that will not sink into the ground (like what is happening now). This will require that the track and roadbed be built prior to the move to the Lookout Point Park annex to the east of the lookout. This track will be made longer, so we can accept another rail car donation in the future. The original track sections the cars sit on now, by the Depot Inn & Suites, will be stored for future use.  

Update 8/8/2018 We have widened our scope of trying to get the track, ties etc donated. If you know of anyone that can help make this happen please get them in touch with me.  Bob Cox President@aprhf.org  If things do not work out this way we will reuse the track we have. It will be cheaper in the long run to have two crane moves. This would also allow us to be better stewards of your donations to us. Thank you for your support now and in the future.  So with that said.  If all goes as planned on this new way.  $10,000 is all we need to get step one moving forward. 

The cost for this: $70,000.


Step 2: Time for a facelift: the exterior of the cars will be sandblasted and repainted. Proper electrical connections will be made and then the displays will be reset.

The cost of this: $40,000


Step 3: Build a shelter (with roof) to protect the cars and the handicap accessible ramps to the cars. This shelter will be lit so the cars and walkway can be seen at night.
The original brick walkway with personalized bricks will be moved also.  *See note below*. 

The cost of this: $40,000



The time is now to take action to help the APRHF Exhibition of Amtrak History step up to the next level. This is a big and exciting project and we hope you are just as excited to help out with this change!! This project has been broken into stages, as you can see above. As each goal is met, that step will be done. This is one of a few projects that the APRHF will be working on over the next few years. All of these projects will enhance our efforts to educate and preserve passenger rail heritage and provide a public place where all ages can enjoy learning about and seeing the railroad. How fast will this project be done? It is according to how fast the donations come in.  The APRHF would love to break ground in the summer of 2019 on this project. 

*If you donate a $1000.00 or more you will become a conductor member of the APRHF and get a named brick placed in your honor in the new walkway to the cars. $5000.00 will get you a large engraved paver stone put in place in the decorations around the cars. *

The APRHF and its board thank you in advance for your support. This project will be a centerpiece of the Lookout Point Park.
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All aboard!! Are you riding this train yet? Come aboard and help us move this project down the line. The total donations are about double of what you see here. There have been quite a few in person and mailed in donations. We are thankful for the support and thank you in advance for yours. APRHF.org Board
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We received some donations in the mail. Thanks for that. If you would rather mail us a donation. Please send your check or money order to APRHF P.O. Box 175 LaPlata, MO 63549. Otherwise jump aboard with the other donors and donate to this worthy project. On a side note . We are still looking for rail and ties at a better price or donated. If you have any info please contact us. Have a great week.
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Spring is finally here and we want to spring up our donations for this neat one of a kind project. Please share it with your friends. Everyone is welcome to help. The APRHF is currently looking for the donation of the 200 ft of track we need to set the cars on at their new home. This donation will help make this project move forward a lot faster. If you know of anyone that can help with that please contact us. Thank You for your support.
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The donation totals keep sliding up. It would be awesome to get phase one rolling this year. Please keep sharing this and help get more donations. This project will be something every donor will be proud to see. The American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation thanks you in advance.
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$1,715 of $150,000 goal

Raised by 26 people in 9 months
Funds raised will benefit:
American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation
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