Restoration Preparations Begin

By November 24, 2017 Restoration

Our team of dedicated volunteers is proud to announce we have made excellent progress preparing for the restoration of SP-10 in Woodland, California! The Sierra Northern Railway has finalized our agreement for space to restore the car and our volunteers are now working on weekends to scrape, grind, blast, weld, and paint. With that, it’s time we ask for your help to support the SP-10 Restoration Fund!

Just as we requested financial contributions to save the railcar from the scrapper’s torch and return it to California, we need your help and generosity to begin a skilled restoration. A great deal of negotiating has taken place to ensure a timely restoration once we have achieved the appropriate funding. Mainly, the Pacific Coast Chapter of the Railway and Locomotive Historical Society has pledged to us a $10,000 matching grant once we have raised this amount. We are extremely grateful to this organization for advancing our preservation efforts! Additionally, the neighboring business to our restoration site is American Truck and Fire Apparatus. Their business focuses on custom tool boxes and complete shells for commercial truck beds. They have offered to work with us at a significantly reduced rate to cut, bend, and fabricate any metal we will need during the rebuild.

With your help, we can restore SP-10 as intended to represent its post-1964 wreck appearance. The current state of the Budd Car’s arrested decay follows nearly 40 years spent in Galveston Texas, and surviving Hurricane Ike in 2008. The hurricane flooded SP-10 half-way up the side windows of the car, and the subsequent water damage has created challenges we are only able to tackle with financial support.

To illustrate our needs, please see the before-and-after photos below. It is our intention and mission to perform a museum-quality restoration for the car in preparation for eventual public display in Rocklin California.

As evident, the salt air was not kind to the carbon steel fabricated by Southern Pacific at Sacramento’s Car Shop 3. This resulted in the original weld seams at the floor line of the baggage section failing, and the carbon steel floor is sagging under the baggage doors.

After seeking fabrication estimates, we anticipate the restoration of the baggage section, drop steps, and carbon steel replacement to cost approximately $25,000. Can you help us reach our campaign goal of $15,000 to complete the rebuild? Our partner organizations and skilled volunteers are ready to assist!

Contributions of $500 or more will receive a 5” square piece of SP-10s first rear end surgery, complete with Galveston corrosion! Patrons who contribute $1,000 or more will also receive a khaki SPRHC polo shirt. Donations of $2,500 and greater will additionally receive a personalized jacket of your size with the nose of SP-10 embroidered on the back.

So we may begin restoration quickly, please consider making a tax-deductible donation of $1,000 or more to the campaign. Donations may be made through our PayPal link. Your support is greatly needed and we appreciate your belief in us!

Yours in Cheerful Service,

Scott Inman
President, SPRHC

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