WHAT: Capital campaign to finish the restoration of Locomotive 40.
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: Find a sponsor for each of the major components required to complete the overhaul of 40.
We all love'em! They're majestic, and they remind us of a time when things were built to last! Built to last, of course, with a little help from their friends every so often. That's where we come in, as old, true friends of the Queen of the Rails, Locomotive 40!
Here’s YOUR chance to make a donation, with a difference, Sponsor a Part for Locomotive 40. Remember all donations and memberships are matched DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR by our Save America’s Treasures grant! Your investment in Locomotive 40 is doubled! You can make a general donation of $25, $50, $75, $100 or Sponsor a Part below:
This photo is of Locomotive 40's front flue sheet. It supports the 139 two-inch tubes, or flues and 21 super-heater flues.
All of these have to be repaced. Then there are 21 super heater bundles. Sponsor a tube or a superheader bundle and YOUR donation is MATCHED!
Locomotive 40 was delivered in 1910 to haul the railroad’s passenger trains. By 1930, the railroad was losing gobs of money on the passenger trains forcing management to only invest as little as possible in Locomotive 40. Now 92 years later, we need to rebuild her running gear. Locomotive 40 needs three new axles, her 6 drivers need to be turned, her 6 drive boxes need refurbishment, she needs 8 new crank pins, and six refurbished spring handers and pins.
Once again, your donation is MATCHED!
Steam locomotives did not have roller bearings (except a very few right at the end). They used brass journals. The polished part of the axle you see in the previous section rode in the Crown Brass you see here. It was polished steal riding in special brass fittings with a monocle-thin layer of oil in between. These heavy brass parts were made to be replaced every so often. "Every so often" has arrived.
Locomotive 40 has 6 crown brasses, 8 rod brasses (including the connecting rod on each side), 6 boxes, shoes, and wedges (to allow the crown brass to move up and down as needed by the sprung suspension). The cost for all of this custom brass milling keeps going up.
Your donation is also MATCHED!!