MRPS Creates Committee to Oversee 4070

Former Grand Trunk Western 2-8-2 No. 4070 has not operated since 1990.

The locomotive’s owner, the Midwest Railway Preservation Society, has sought over the years to restore the light Mikado type locomotive to operating condition but progress has been slow.

A graphic posted on the group’s website shows MRPS needs $1.2 million to complete the restoration but thus far has raised $5,545.

In an effort to accelerate the fundraising pace, MRPS has created a committee to direct and oversee the restoration efforts.

It will create a comprehensive project outline of the project that describes the work that needs to be done individually or collectively

One of those tasks is to bring in more funding to the restoration fund and the committee is considering ideas to achieve that.

The committee is also studying whether 4070 should continue to be operated with coal or converted to run on fuel oil.

A decision on this matter will ultimately be made by the MRPS trustees.

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