B&O Museum Announces William Mason #25 Restoration Debut

Though disappointing, we should be grateful for the days when it did run and we had the opportunity to ride behind this amazing piece of history.  Lubricated, cherished and kept under cover, the day may come, again...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XqQ9aXlwFA

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Rapid Transit Holmes posted:

Though disappointing, we should be grateful for the days when it did run and we had the opportunity to ride behind this amazing piece of history.  Lubricated, cherished and kept under cover, the day may come, again...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XqQ9aXlwFA

I've been told by museum volunteers that the museum is planning, or at least exploring, a fundraiser to help bring it back to life. I wouldn't be surprised if the donation program described in my link above wasn't the seeds for this fundraiser, or at least a test to gauge interest. 

I also hope they find the funding and manpower soon to begin work on bringing the #4 0-4-0T back to life. I always enjoyed seeing that rather large tanker chugging up and down the "first mile". 

prrhorseshoecurve posted:

So does this mean the museum has cosmetically restored all the damaged equipment from their infamous roof collapse?

All engines damaged in the roof collapse were restored and returned to the roundhouse a LONG time ago. 

There is a coach/baggage car sitting in the car shop damaged but not sure if they plan to do anything with it. 

The Mason was not in the roundhouse when the roof came down. I believe it was in the car shop next door pending maintenance work and preparation for operation at the Fair of the Iron horse (cancelled of course). 

The museum is presently working on a full restoration of the EA #51 that was in the car shop on display, among several other project. 

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