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We need a few volunteers to participate in a work party at the Western Pacific Railroad Museum in Portola, CA during the week of June 9-14.

 

This work party will finish preparing the 5057 for movement to the Pend Oreille Valley Railroad shop in Usk, WA this summer.   The primary focus will be on the air brake system.  The brake beams and hangers for the #3 axle need to be reassembled so the air brake system can be tested and any problems can be resolved.  Also, more work needs to be done to secure the locomotive for the trip (welding temporary steel bars across the hood access doors).  We will be working hard to get the work done earlier than June 14, but we’re allowing extra time in case things don’t go as planned.

 

Volunteer accommodations are available in a sleeping car at the museum at least to June 12.

 

All participants will be Feather River Rail Society members.  If you are not a member, we will ensure you become a member.

 

Hard hats and safety glasses will be provided or you can bring your own if you have them.

 

If you’re interested in joining this volunteer crew or have questions, please contact Paul Krueger at kruegerp@nwlink.com.

 

Volunteers Bill Sery, Wayne Monger, and Fred High pose in front of the 5057 at Portola, CA

An anonymous donor has stepped forward with a matching challenge donation.  The donor will match the the next $1,000 dollars we raise with a $500 matching donation.  The donor’s donation is eligible for an employer matching donation, effectively making this a $1,000 matching donation.  In other words, if you donate now the impact of your donation will be doubled!

 

This offer is good until June 1, so act soon.  You can donate using PayPal through our website or by mail.

 

You can visit our Archive web site to see Milwaukee Road-related documents and photos in our collections.  To go to our site, click here or on the image below.

 

 

We’re having our annual rail yard work party on Saturday, May 3rd from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  We’ll be focusing on the interpretive trail and also plan to clean-up the area around the substation so we can move the fence closer to the building.  

Bring work gloves and your own water bottle (we can provide water).  Lunch is on your own; you can brown bag your lunch or have BBQ at Smokey’s in the depot. 

Please join us if you can!  Contact us to let us know you’re coming or if you have questions.

 


We’ve started a new blog to provide updates about the 5057 Project.  You can click on the image below to check it out.

 

We’ve also started a new fundraising campaign to raise money for moving the 5057 from Portola, CA to the Pend Oreille Valley Railroad in Usk, WA, where we will have the cosmetic restoration work done on the 5057.  You can read all about it on the blog.

 

5057 Project Blog

 

March 29, 2014
10:00 amto5:00 pm

 

 

The March Milwaukee Road Meet (formerly the “Milwaukee Kent Meet”) is a gathering for slides, movies and discussion and socializing. All are welcome!  As in the past, this is a free event.  Bring your photos, artifacts, models, memorabilia and other items for display.

 

Cascade Rail Foundation is pleased to support this event again this year by hosting it at Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive (PNRA), where Cascade Rail Foundation is a member organization.  It is also the home of the Boeing Employees Model Railroad Club.

 

This is your chance to get together and see some photos and presentations by some of the renowned Milwaukee Road photographers and historians in the Pacific Northwest.

 

Saturday, March 29, 2014

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive
425 SW 153rd Street
Burien, WA  98166

 

 

IMPORTANT NOTES:

 

  • The archive facility does allow for sales of your memorabilia, paper and model railroad items.  However, space is limited.
  • Parking is also limited.  Please park on the street if you can.  Be aware that some of the nearby street spaces have a two-hour limit.
  • The event is FREE, although a $3 donation applied to the Cascade Rail Foundation Milwaukee Road archives program is suggested by the organizers.

You can download a map with directions here: PNRA_Directions

 

Some our most stalwart volunteers retired from their work with Cascade Rail Foundation this year.  If you’ve visited the depot in South Cle Elum, you’ve probably met them.

 

Lorna and Fulton Toub have been volunteering at depot since 2008.  The Toubs had a big impact from the start, receiving our Volunteer of the Year award the first year they were with us.  They’ve been opening the depot to visitors on weekends and helping out behind the scenes with a variety of tasks.

 

Lorna and Fulton Toub at the 2008 CRF Annual Picnic

 

Our President, Bruce Reason, retired late this year. He has been on our Board of Directors since March 2006 and has served as President since January 2008. In addition to having a leadership role at Cascade Rail Foundation, Bruce took on a myriad of tasks around the depot and the rail yard. Among these, he has been opening the depot to visitors when the Toubs have not been available.  Like the Toubs, Bruce had an immediate impact on our organization and also received our Volunteer of the Year award the first year he was with us (2006).

 

CRF President Bruce Reason serving lunch for former Milwaukee Road employees at the 2012 M.E.A.L.

 

The contributions of the Toubs and Bruce will be greatly missed.

 

Brian Lee is our new President, and Mark Borleske replaces Brian as our Vice President.

 

Happy holidays everyone!

We wish you a healthy and prosperous 2014!

Click the image for a larger version

 

We now have a web site for our archive materials!    When people want to learn something about anything, they increasingly turn to the internet.   Having a web site for our archive is an important way for us to make the history of the Milwaukee Road more accessible for people to discover.  While our focus is on the history of the railroad in Washington, the scope of our collections also includes materials related to the Pacific Coast Extension as well as material pertaining to the entire railroad.

 

Click the image to visit our archive web site!

 

On our web site you’ll find information about the material in our collections, including digital copies of selected items, along with information compiled to aid researchers.  The site will be developing over time, but some highlights of the material currently on the site include George Werkema’s slide collection (starting with the freight car slides), photos from former Milwaukee Road locomotive engineer R.J. Jones, digitized dispatcher train sheets documenting Milwaukee Road train operations in Washington, and photographs from Aaron Schwarz of Interstate Commerce Commission documents located in the National Archives.

Our site is hosted by Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive (PNRA), where we are a member organization, and it uses the same software as the GN-NP Joint Archive site used by fellow PNRA member organizations.

While we’ve been developing our web site, we’ve also been busy moving more of our collections to our space in the PNRA facility in Burien, WA and working to organize the materials.  Our ability to digitize material received a boost this summer when PNRA received a grant to purchase a large format scanner and a transparency (slide/negative) scanner.

We’re excited by our progress in developing our archive program.  Our limiting factor in improving access to our collections is now volunteers.  With more volunteers at PNRA in Burien, we can speed up the process of organizing and digitizing our materials.  And now that we have our web site up, we’ll probably have some opportunities for people to assist online.  Contact Paul Krueger if you’d like to help.

 

With our purchase of the 5057 completed earlier this year, our next step is to move it back to Washington and get to work on the cosmetic restoration of the locomotive.

 

Volunteers Bill Sery, Wayne Monger, and Fred High pose in front of the 5057 at Portola, CA

The 5057 has POVA reporting marks for the trip north.

5057 - owned by Cascade Rail Foundation!

 

We plan to send the 5057 to the locomotive shop of the Pend Oreille Valley Railroad (POVA) in Usk, WA (north of Spokane) for the restoration work.   We are very pleased to be working with the people at POVA.  POVA is a publicly-owned railroad that operates part of the former Milwaukee Road branch to Metaline Falls, WA.

Before the 5057 can move anywhere though, we need to make sure it will safely and smoothly travel on its own wheels.  We worked with the Feather River Rail Society to organize a work party in Portola, CA in October to prepare the 5057 for its trip to Washington.  You can read about it on the 5057 Project web site.  The work party was very productive, but another few days of work are still needed.  We are planning to work on the 5057 in Portola again in the spring.  Feather River Rail Society has been very helpful and cooperative, and we thank them for their assistance.

In the meantime, fundraising continues.  Our current focus is to ensure we can pay for the move to POVA and be able to start the first part of the restoration work.   We have most of the funds for the move, but we’re not quite there yet.  During this next round of fundraising we have a new incentive for people interested in making a challenge donation.  As long as supplies last, anyone who makes a challenge donation of at least $500 will receive a reproduction 5057 numberboard (patterned off of one of the originals). Please contact us if you’d like to initiate a challenge donation.

With the support of people like you, we will have the 5057 back in Washington next year and one step closer to South Cle Elum.

 

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