Posts Tagged ‘grants’

Reading Museum Lands State Grant

January 11, 2022

The state of Pennsylvania has awarded a $100,000 grant to the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum that will be used to renovate its facilities.

This will include the purchase of ties and other materials for the construction of tracks into the museum’s recently completed railcar protection building.

Other projects include construction of a replica of Race Street tower; creating a display of artifacts from that tower; and expand restroom facilities and improving signs on the museum tour route.

Grant to be Used to Move Historic Rail Depot

December 17, 2021

The Berks County (Pennsylvania) Redevelopment Agency has awarded a $75,000 grant to the Longswamp Township Historical Society, which plans to use the money to relocate an 1870s era railroad station in Mertztown, Pennsylvania.

The grant will supplement $195,000 raised locally thus far to move the depot to Longswamp Township Park. The project cost is estimated at $310,000.

Once moved, the depot will serve as a museum and historical library.

Located 12 miles southwest of Allentown, the Mertztown depot was the last standing, original remnant of the East Pennsylvania Railroad Company.

PennDOT Taking Grant Applications

October 9, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is accepting unsolicited proposals for transportation projects from the private sector through Oct. 31.

The submission period applies to PennDOT-owned projects and infrastructure, the agency said in a news release.

Proposals should offer innovative ways to deliver transportation projects across a variety of modes including roads, bridges, rail, aviation and ports.

This could include more efficient models to manage existing transportation-related services and programs.

Instructions on how to submit a project and information on the unsolicited proposal review process can be found on the state’s P3 website,  

2 NEO Projects Get ORDC Grants

May 14, 2021

Two Northeast Ohio projects have been awarded grants by the Ohio Rail Development Commission.

The Cleveland & Cuyahoga Railway will receive $1,564,051 to help pay for rehabilitation of its Mahoning Subdivision.

The $1.9 million project will replace 8,178 crossties, install 7,501 tons of ballast, and conduct nearly 90,000 track feet of surfacing, rail replacement and ancillary work on the main and side tracks over 12 miles.

C&CR operates about 35 miles of track on its Glenwillow Subdivision, which runs from Cleveland to Glenwillow, and its Mahoning Subdivision, which runs from Cleveland to Solon.

The city of Medina will receive $249,600 to improve its rail line and replace a deteriorated grade-crossing surface. 

The work includes grading, drainage improvements, tie replacement and ballast installation to remediate a low spot in the track. The project also involves the replacement of an adjacent grade crossing surface.

The city will pay $62,400 of the $312,000 project cost.

The Cincinnati Eastern Railroad will receive $150,000 to help pay for construction of a 1,100-foot connecting track for a new Nestle Purina PetCare facility in Batavia. 

The track is the last piece of rail infrastructure needed to link CCET with the Purina facility. The project is estimated to cost  $910,000.

EBT Receives Grant from Pittsburgh Foundation

May 8, 2021

The East Broad Top Foundation has received a $100,000 grant from the  Allegheny Foundation of Pittsburgh that will be used to support rehabilitation of the Colgate Picnic Grove

EBT locomotives have turned on a wye at the site since 1961. Part of the the wye was originally a line to a clay pit near Shirleysburg.

EBT said the grant will be used to make better use of Colgate Grove. They said such events as musical performances and food tastings are being considered.

A new platform will be built and plans are in the works for a new pavilion.

Officials also said the grant was unusual because the Allegheny Foundation concentrates its giving in southwestern Pennsylvania.

The EBT Foundation operates the historic East Broad Top narrow gauge tourist railroad, which will begin regular operations in June.

CN Grant to Help Restore SRI Coaches

March 24, 2021

The Steam Railroading Institute will use a donation from Canadian National to repair three passenger cars.

The Owosso-based organization said the CN grant of $2,000 will be applied toward repair the brake valves on former CN coaches Nos. 5447 and 5646, so they can be used in excursion service.

Some of the grant will be used for window refurbishment and seal replacement on former Pennsylvania Railroad coach No. 147.

 “This will allow the continuation of repairs to three of our coaches and will be a significant and important job for our volunteers to better learn the inner workings of our passenger car fleet,” said Aaron Farmer, the institute’s mechanical manager, in a statement.

EBT Receives $1.4M State Grant

December 31, 2020

The East Broad Top Foundation has received a $1.4 million economic development grant that will be used for several projects and to help retire a mortgage held by the railroad’s previous owner.

The grant was awarded by the Pennsylvania Office of the Budget with funding from the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.

Among the projects the EBT will apply the funding toward are building a new events facility at Colgate Grove four miles north of Rockhill Furnace.

Also in the works are extension of the main line northward a mile to Shirleysburg, stabilizing buildings within the Rockhill Furnace machine shops complex, and stabilization of a coal tipple and chutes at the south end of the Rockhill Furnace yard.

EBT plans to replaced deteriorated crossties throughout the yard.

The historic narrow gauge railroad shut down commercial operations in 1956 but operated as a tourist railroad between 1960 and 2011.

The EBT foundation acquired the property earlier this year from the Joseph Kovalchick family and is restoring its locomotives, rolling stock and infrastructure.

Plans are to resume public scheduled service next May or June. Steam locomotives are projected to begin revenue service in 2021.

The EBT owns six Baldwin 2-8-2 steam locomotives.

EBT Foundation General Manager Brad Esposito said the priority of the projects work listed in the grant application is undetermined.

Pa. Tourist Railroad Lands Grant

June 25, 2020

A Pennsylvania tourist railroad has received a $176,470 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to create a multimedia educational program on the railroad’s history.

The Colebrookdale Railroad, which operated nine miles of track between Boyerstown and Pottstown, received the money as part of a grant program to help educational and cultural programs survive the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funding will be established to create a virtual and on-site Rails of the Revolution program for children in grades 3-8.

The grant was one of 317 grants awarded to 2,300 applicants.

In the meantime, the Colebrookdale has yet to reopen during the pandemic and has not said when it will resume operations.

Trust Awards Grant for C&O 1309 Restoration

March 26, 2020

The John H. Emery Rail Heritage Trust has awarded a $10,000 grant for the restoration of Chesapeake & Ohio 2-6-6-2 No. 1309.

The grant will be used to pay to have two heavy duty cranes set the boiler of the locomotive on its wheels.

The grant is the second awarded by the trust for restoration work on the 1309, which is being undertaken by the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad.

A grant awarded last year was used to purchase jacketing and insulation.

The crane lift is expected to occur in the next quarter of this year although that will hinge on any restrictions imposed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Challenge Grant Made for NKP Loco Restoration Fund

December 5, 2019

A donation of up to $5,358 will enable the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society to take a major step forward in its restoration of Nickel Plate Road SD9 No. 358.

The society said the restoration is nearly complete, but more funding is needed.

The recent donation was made by a person who wishes to remain anonymous and was intended to be a challenge grant.

Every donation made toward restoring the 353 will be matched dollar for dollar through Dec. 31.

More information is available at

No. 358 was built by EMD in the late 1950s. It was last operated by Norfolk Southern into the 2000s and donated to the FtWRHS in 2010.

The restoration is part of the group’s Project 358 that is restoring the unit to its as-built condition appearance.

The Society plans to use 365 as a roving educational resource in excursion and exhibition service.

The restoration project also got a boost in October when the Nickel Plate Historical & Technical Society made a $3,000 grant.

If fully matched, the donations would amount to $13,000, putting completion of the project within reach of its $18,000 budget.

Other donations have come from Norfolk Southern, Steel Dynamics, and Progress Rail.

Work that remains includes electric work, along with painting and fabrication work.