(L to R) Nathan I., Mark S., Zeb D., Karl., Stathi P., Mike, Al, and CJ V. (center) are just a select few of the many people working on the loco- motive 924 project, some from as far away as California and Idaho. All except Stathi are volunteers!
The locomotive 924 is being rehabilitated and restored following the Secretary of the Interior Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. These are the same standards used for the chapel car 5 Messenger of Peace, Snoqualmie Depot, White River Lumber caboose 001, and Spokane, Portland and Seattle coach 218. An important component of demonstrating compliance with the standards - and also a museum best management practice - includes thorough documentation of the object before, during and after. So photographs, motion pictures, material samples, sketches, scale drawings, descriptive narratives, and more are used.
The 924 tender is intact but is in poor
shape. The tank fabrication will be
replaced in-kind, but the frame and
trucks will be used largely "as is."
The locomotive 924 cab has been
completely removed to allow boiler
work to be undertaken.
The interior of the smoke box takes on
a surreal look with a work light shining
through the tube sheet.
The 924 work is now well underway, but your support is critical to its success. Costs to rehabilitate and restore two steam locomotives are projected at more than $600,000. Your contribution in any amount will help allow work to continue, and is tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. Please visit the Museum's donate now page and select "steam program." All contributions received with this restriction will be used to purchase materials and services in support of locomotive 924 and (following completion of 924) locomotive 14.