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Final Piece Necessary To Complete Repairs On Steam Engine No. 1309 Secured

March 9th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

The long and twisting restoration of steam engine  No. 1309 at the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad may finally be nearing a successful conclusion with Executive Director John Garner telling WCBC’ s “Dave Norman Show” that the final piece necessary to complete repairs on the engine has been secured during a recent trip to Altoona. The $2.7 million restoration has been beset by funding issues, parts theft by an employee, personnel changes, missed deadlines, and a damning performance audit that presented a less than flattering picture of the overall operation.  At this point Garner says about $190,000 is needed to complete the train repairs; and another $100,000 for infrastructure improvements necessary to meet EPA guidelines. He said that donations have literally been coming worldwide…

 

4 Responses to “Final Piece Necessary To Complete Repairs On Steam Engine No. 1309 Secured”

  1. March 09, 2020 at 11:30 am, Kevin said:

    It’s always one more piece,or just a few million dollars more . . .

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  2. March 09, 2020 at 5:52 pm, mac said:

    Have they figured out how to use the turntable at Frostburg? It has always been one of the highlights of the whole operation.

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    • March 09, 2020 at 7:33 pm, Jay said:

      The $2.7 million restoration has been beset by funding issues, parts theft by an employee, personnel changes, missed deadlines, and a damning performance audit that presented a less than flattering picture of the overall operation.

      I think they’ve pretty much covered everything that could possibly go wrong. It’s surprising that they are only $290K short at this point.

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  3. March 10, 2020 at 3:13 pm, Mark said:

    ” a less than flattering picture of the overall operation.” yet no mention of anything being done to change this?? I guess it’s- ‘carry on, nothing to see here, and by the way, throw us a ton more money to squander, steal, mis-manage, etc.! Typical for this area.

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