Since Mark Bassett has become the Executive Director the museum has taken on a new vitality and has undertaken many new projects. Visitorship is way up, preservation work is underway and the number of trains running has gone up dramatically. The best part is that both #40 and #93 have both been brought up to compliance with the new FRA Form 4 regulations and should both be in regular service for many years to come.
For my own part, I have done some volunteer work and installed brake systems on three 1912 box cars putting them back into service. They are a welcome addition to the photo freight trains. I also put in a couple of days work getting #40 back under steam.
My current big project is a book about the railroad. This is my first effort at book publishing, but the book is shaping up well. There is currently no book in print on this subject so my book should answer a real need. It will be a combination history and fine art photography book. I've been doing historic research and have the story of the railroad pretty much in hand and much of the text has already been written. A number of people have contributed photos, maps, sources and much information and I have the full support of the museum. Below is a selection of the photographs that will appear.