MRPS Announces Open House Dates for 2020

The Midwest Railway Preservation Society has announced five open house dates for 2020.

The dates are April 4 and 11, May 9 and June 20 and 27. The event will take place at the Society’s headquarters at the former Baltimore & Ohio roundhouse at 2800 W. Third Street in Cleveland.

Additional dates are expected to be announced later.

The suggested donation for admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and under.

Open house hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event includes a guided tour of the facility.

Visitors must wear closed-toe footware and children must be accompanied by an adult. Although those with disabilities are welcome, the site is not ADA accessible.

MRPS also reported on its website that its volunteers have been working of late on restoration of the cab of former Grand Trunk Western 2-8-2 No. 4070.

They have removed a side panel that will be used as a template for construction of its replacement.

Restoration of the cab is being done in sections to preserve its structural integrity.

MRPS members also spent a part of the winter removing a storage track next to the roundhouse.

This will enable them to reach and repair a drain that had become clogged and subject to flooding into the turntable pit.

Once the drain has been repaired the storage track will be restored. It had been in poor condition with many of its cross ties badly rotted.

MRPS officials are also seeking grants that will be used to rebuild a brick wall in stall 10 of the roundhouse. The work will also involve complete the roof project at the roundhouse.

Plans are to use stall 10 to house a paint booth that was donated to the Society by General Electric.

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