General Fund – In the current environment of 2020, the General Fund continues to be the most important of the financial accounts. It pays all the routine expenses, many of which remain basically the same with the museum open to the public or not. Even with stopping most, if not all, discretionary expenditures since March and with only limited days anticipated for public operations for the remainder of the year, it is anticipated the year will end in a deficit. This will directly impact what can be planned for and accomplished in 2021 and possibly beyond.
Inquiries have been made. As a 501(c)3 with an annual operating budget under $100,000 and as an all-volunteer organization without paid staff, the organization is not eligible, as on the end of July, for the Federal and State programs to assist businesses with lost income due to current events
All donations of any size do help. With all the current unknowns, being able to pay the fixed expenses is critical.
Open Car 1875 – Among the most popular trolleys in the collection, this car is undergoing a thorough mechanical overhaul of the trucks (wheels and axles) and motors, to insure it can operate safely for a long time into the future. The project is underway with the trucks removed from underneath the car and disassembled.
Unfortunately, the museum suffered a major setback when the electric were in a disastrous fire at the Huntingdon Electric Motor Service in May, 2020 after they were sent there for servicing and maintenance. We are still awaiting notice on the current condition of the motors, but they were definitely in the building when it was on fire and in the partial collapse that followed.
All donations are greatly appreciated as we overcome this potentially huge setback in the efforts to return this car to service.
Chicago Aurora & Elgin 315 – Our restoration shop workers are making progress on returning our 1909 interurban from Chicago back to its original 1909 condition as closely as possible. The current activities are adding the paint and gold leaf decorations to the newly fabricated ceiling panels for the car. Projects for the future include seat frame restoration and upholstery. Your support for this project is appreciated.
Valley Railways Car 12 – As other projects in the shop reach their conclusion, the future restoration of Valley 12 gets closer to reality. A healthy project fund is important so work can commence in earnest once the car is moved into the shop. Currently, a matching grant is established with the 20th Century Electric Railway Foundation.