Tom Dailey Foundation Awards Grants

Five Pennsylvania museums and one located in Indiana have been awarded grants by the Tom E. Dailey Foundation. The grants total $44,765.00 and were announced on Aug. 9. Among the grant recipients are:

Beaver Area Heritage Foundation, Beaver, Pa.: $1,000 to restore the Beaver railroad station, which was built in 1897 by the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie. It will house a local genealogy collection and two classrooms. The grant will be used toward renovation of the exterior of the station.

Steam Into History, New Freedom, Pa.: $2,000 for the purchase and installation of a handicap lift. The group was formed in 2010 to provide Civil War railroad history to the general public. Visitors board a replica train that travels a 30 mile route taken by Abraham Lincoln to deliver his Gettysburg Address.

Northwestern Pennsylvania Railroad and Tooling Heritage Center, Meadville, Pa.: $4,465 to be used to insulate the exterior walls of a former trolley station as part of a capital improvement project for the completion of a transportation museum. The main goal of the project is to create and operate the trolley station museum as an educational and interpretive center emphasizing the industrial history of trolley, railroad and canal transportation in northwestern Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, Inc., Washington, Pa.:  $3,000 for refurbishment of 1926 Philadelphia Suburban Transportation Co. (Red Arrow) center door car No. 66. Work will include repainting the exterior, reupholstering the interior, rebuilding one truck with overhauled traction motors, replacing windows, and rebuilding the center door steps and underframe.

Railways To Yesterday, Inc.; Rockhill Furnace, Pa.:  $2,500 to restore Johnstown Traction Co. car No. 311, a Birney Safety Car built in 1922 by the Wason Manufacturing Co. of Springfield, Mass. Safety trolleys are designed to operate with just a motorman, saving the cost of the conductor. The car, which ran on the museum’s line, was taken out of service for repairs in 2004.

Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum, Inc., North Judson, Ind.; $3,300 to replace 250 ties on 33 miles of former Chesapeake & Ohio Railway track.

Also receiving grants were the Milwaukee Road Heritage Center, Montevideo, Minn., ($3,000); New Mexico Steam Locomotive & Railway Historical Society, Albuquerque, ($7,500); Sarpy County Historical Society, Bellevue, Neb., ($2,500); Austin Steam Train Association, Inc., Cedar Park, Texas, ($2,000); New England Steam Corp., Winterport, Maine, ($2,000); The Toy Train Depot, Alamogordo, N.M., ($4,000); and the Railroad Museum of New England, Inc.; Thomaston, Conn.; ($2,500)

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