Museum Announcement

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This is an exciting development that will lead to the construction of a round house for additional storage of locomotives. In an e-newsletter from the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical and Historical Society it says, in part: Governor Edward G. Rendell announced today that $5 million
in state capital funds have been released to the Pennsylvania
Historical & Museum Commission and the Department of
General Services for new exhibits and the design of a
roundhouse at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.
“The improvements planned for this facility are critical to the
preservation and the interpretation of the Railroad Museum
of Pennsylvania’s world-class collection of more than 100
historic locomotives and railroad cars,” says Museum director
Charles Fox.
The Governor’s Office of the Budget has designated $500,000
for the design of a 16,000-square-foot roundhouse in the
outdoor yard, to be located at the Museum’s existing
turntable. A significant number of the Museum’s collection of
historic locomotives and rolling stock, many of which are listed
on the National Register of Historic Places and are the last of
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their kind in the world, currently reside outdoors and are deteriorating from exposure to the elements.
The addition of a roundhouse at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania will provide permanent, climate-controlled storage for these historic artifacts. Bid proposals have been released by the Department of General Services for the architectural design of the roundhouse. The Governor’s Office of the Budget anticipates releasing an additional $6.1 million for the actual construction of the roundhouse in the next fiscal year.

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