APRHF Amtrak Exhibit Refurbishment

$2,995 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 36 people in 20 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 leveled 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 (240ft) 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. 

Update 5/1/2019 Still on the search for donations or discounted rail and ties.  We found out the other day that BNSF does not do this anymore. We do have a tie gang coming through the area and hopefully the group that picks up the ties will donate or sell us some.  If this does not work. We will have to go buy some used ties and then re-use the rail that is under the cars now.  This will allow us the ability to get the foundation built this year as well as set the ties. If the money for the move comes in $10,000.00 we will move the cars ASAP when the money is in the project account. That is only $100 from 100 people, $50.00 from 200 people or $25.00 from 400 people. We thank you in advance for your support on this one of a kind project. BTW the painter is going to stop by in a couple weeks and take a good look at the cars and get color samples to be sure he is ready when we are. 

The cost for this: $20,000.

Step 2: Time for a face lift: 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)and conductor membership .*

The APRHF and its board thank you in advance for your support. This project will be a centerpiece of the Lookout Point Park.

If you would rather mail in a donation. Please send it to APRHF.org  P.O. Box 175, LaPlata, MO 63549
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We are going to start the foundation of this project in the first part of August. Ties will be delivered soon and we have a plan for the rail. Things are starting to move ahead now. The next phase of this project is moving the cars. Please check out our overall scope and support this super neat one of a kind project.
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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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$2,995 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 36 people in 20 months
Funds raised will benefit:
American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation
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