NRHS Awards Heritage Grants to 25 Non-Profit Organizations

Since 1991, the NRHS has awarded 370 grants totaling $1.1 million, including $124,950 this year. Among the winners this year was the New Mexico Steam Locomotive & Railroad Historical Society, which recently restored Santa Fe 2926 to operation. Photo by William Diehl. 

NRHS Awards Heritage Grants to 25 Non-Profit Organizations

By Railfan & Railroad Staff

The National Railroad Historical Society announced the winners of its 2023 Heritage Grants this week. 

This year’s grants to 25 different railroad non-profits totaled $124,950, a 26 percent increase compared to last year. Since 1991, the NRHS has awarded 370 grants totaling more than $1.1 million. The NRHS was founded in 1935 to celebrate railroad history and preservation and has more than 4,000 members across the country. 

“Thanks to the generosity of multitudes of NRHS members and other donors, the National Railway Historical Society has announced a total of $124,950 in 2023 Railroad Heritage Grants,” said NRHS President Tony White. “I am pleased that these grants will help enable 25 non-profit organizations to continue to preserve America’s rich railroad history.” 

The complete list of winners can be found below.

Mid Continent Railway Historical Society Inc, North Freedom WI, $5,000: 16 reproduction bottom and seat back cushions for East Jordan & Southern No. 2 combination car.

Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society, Clifton Forge VA, $4,200: window seals, glass and gaskets to eliminate water infiltration in Gadsby’s Tavern dining car.

New Mexico Steam Locomotive & Railroad Historical Society, Albuquerque, NM, $5,000: Installation and wiring of electrical equipment in baggage car NMSX 3939.

The Goldfield Historical Society, Goldfield NV, $4,100: for building, hanging and painting of three sliding doors of two historically significant Tonopah & Goldfield freight cars.

Missouri Pacific Historical Society, St. Louis, $2,500: to purchase additional Archival Shelving for collection.

Gulf Wind Chapter NRHS, Tallahassee, FL, $5,000: to stabilize the southwest corner of the historic Lloyd, Florida Depot.

East Troy Railroad Museum Inc., East Troy WI, $5,000: to install ADA-compliant bathroom in car 107.

North Carolina Railway Museum, Inc., New Hill NC, $5,000: to repair floor; repair and re-install four side doors on 1916 Pullman F-9 Atlantic Coast Line baggage and express car 704.

Center for Railroad Photography & Art, Madison WI, $10,000: to catalog and digitize the Richard Steinheimer collection of 30,000 color slides, 4,200 prints, and 2,700 negatives.

Kentucky Railway Museum Inc., $5,000: for cocooning of historic L&N coach 665 to prevent deterioration until it can be fully restored and preserved.

Arts Services Inc, Buffalo NY, $5,000: for PBS distribution of the documentary film Trolley Park: Midway Memories.

National Museum of Transportation, St. Louis, $5,000: to build a canopy over the Rock Island Aerotrain.

Friends of The SP4449, Portland, OR, $5,000: exterior restoration and painting of GN-1 steam generator car.

Nashville Steam Preservation Society, $5,000: to install 1,500 staybolts in the firebox of NC&StL J3 4-8-4 576.

Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Strasburg, $5,000: lease of a large format scanner to permit museum volunteers to digitize Vulcan Iron Works blueprints and drawings. 

Old Dominion Chapter NRHS, Richmond VA, $7,500: to return the chapter’s 1943 Davenport locomotive to operation.

West Jersey Chapter NRHS, Palmyra, NJ, $5,000: to create a National Historic Site of the Bordentown District of the Camden & Amboy Railroad.

High Plains Railroad Preservation Association (HPRPA), Cheyenne, WY, $5,000: to restore Union Pacific 1870s- era caboose 2095 and move it to the Cheyenne Depot Museum.

Mid West Railway Preservation Society, Cleveland Ohio, $5,800: for exterior restoration of the 1924 Pullman 10-section solarium lounge car M. Baxter.

Sumpter Valley Railroad Restoration, Inc, Baker City, OR, $4,600: construction of building to house archive and book collection.

City County Preservation Committee, Harlowton, MT, $5,000: restoration of the roof of 1910 passenger car.

Denver South Park & Pacific Historical Society, Denver, $5,000, and Galloping Goose Historical Society of Delores, Inc., Delores CO, $3,750: acquiring and transporting rail for the recreation of the Como, Colorado railyard to the King Wye.

Llano River Railroad, Llano TX, $5,000: to rust treat and prime 1950s-era Pullman-built passenger car.

Baltimore Streetcar Museum, Inc., $2,500: for a mural on the exterior of substation museum and landscaping improvements. 

This article was posted on: June 22, 2023