WHAT: Capital campaign to finish the restoration of Locomotive 81.
WHY: Locomotive 40 will be shopped soon for a major overhaul, and two steam locomotives are imperative to keep the program operating at sustainable levels.
GOAL: To have Locomotive 81 operational by May 2020
This phase of the capital campaign is to finish restoring Locomotive 81 to full service. Why a Phoenix? Every time we light a fire in a steam locomotive, we consume a portion of it. A steam locomotive can die, but, just like a Phoenix, a steam locomotive can be reborn, to begin the cycle all over again! That’s what the Phoenix Dare is all about, regenerating this 19th century railroad to face the challenges of the 21st century!
How have we done in the last two years of the Phoenix Dare Campaign?
Now we’re onto our third and biggest project, the return of steam locomotive 81 to operation!
Due to the Corona virus we will be closed to the public through May 31st.
We will continue working in our shops, including returning Locomotive 81 to service. Many of the restoration expenses will continue, so your memberships and donations are all the more important during these times.
In the 1907 machine shop, the Phoenix magic has started, 81’s boiler has been stripped and the tubes are coming out. This photo, also illustrates our mission to train the next generation in the care and feeding of the iron horse.
Locomotive 81 back in the day.