The best way to preserve our trains is to store them indoors and out of the weather. To make that happen, additional storage and exhibit buildings must be built. Donations to fund this construction can be made in various increments and can be applied to a department of your choice.
IRM proudly houses the nation's largest and most comprehensive collection of diesel locomotives. At any given time, two or more of these engines are undergoing major restoration work in our shop including repainting, mechanical and electrical rehabilitation, and body work.
The "Warbonnet" locomotive is running - now it needs a fresh coat of red and silver paint! Your contribution to Santa Fe 92's fund will help make this restoration project a reality and return one of the museum's most famous diesel locomotives to its full glory.
For decades this unusual H10-44TS type locomotive worked as a switcher at Dearborn Station in Chicago moving some of the most famous trains in the country. The museum is raising funds to cosmetically restore Santa Fe 543, specifically for exterior repair work, paint and primer.
The museum's most unusual "cab unit" may be L&N 314, a rare Alco FA freight locomotive. Work to make this locomotive operational is ongoing but is dependent on contributions. These will fund electrical and mechanical work, and later will provide for body prep, primer and paint work.