Liberty Liner Maintenance and Restoration Fund

RTM Photo: Liberty Liner

Dear Electroliner/Liberty Liner Enthusiast:

Please help us continue to improve the operating and physical condition of the Liberty Liner Independence Hall!

A MAJOR MILESTONE HAS BEEN ACCOMPLISHED—WE HAVE RETURNED THIS HISTORIC TRAIN TO OPERABLE CONDITION AND ARE USING IT FOR SPECIAL EVENTS – BUT MORE HELP IS NEEDED!

Thanks to tremendous volunteer commitment as well as a substantial material donation, this historic train has been returned to operable condition 50 years after it was rebuilt into its Liberty Liner configuration. Now, the challenge is to further improve its reliability and make it look beautiful again.

Will you help us ensure that an example of each of these trains is beautifully preserved, in operable condition, in both Electroliner and Liberty Liner configurations?

Recent efforts have focused on replacement of the train’s resistor grids, enabling a return to operation.

The train is always popular with visitors and looks right at home in the rolling Pennsylvania landscape. The train returned to operation in February at an annual gathering of volunteers from a number of electric railway museums.

HERE IS WHAT WE CAN ACCOMPLISH WITH YOUR HELP, IN ORDER OF PRIORITY:

  • Purchase supplies to rewire the control switchgear at the 803A end as has been done at the 804A1 end
  • Rebuild two additional motor-generator sets to provide spare low voltage capacity
  • Steam clean interior seating, repair damaged areas of interior flooring, and repaint the interior walls and ceilings
  • Purchase supplies and repaint the exterior either as a volunteer led project, or as a contracted project if sufficient funds are raised
  • In the longer term, make the train’s air conditioning system operable again

Donations of any amount will help us complete these goals. Your help is essential and most appreciated!

Railways To Yesterday, Inc. fully endorses the goal of the Illinois Railway Museum to restore sister train 801-802. The organization feels strongly that preservation is best served with a restored example of each of these trains; one in Illinois in its CNS&M configuration, and one in Pennsylvania in its Liberty Liner configuration.

Please mail all contributions to: Railways To Yesterday Inc. P.O. Box 1601, Allentown, PA 18105

Railways To Yesterday, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation. Donations are tax deductible to the extent provided by law. For more information, please consult your tax advisor.

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