On Saturday, May 28, members of the Friends of Grand Trunk Railway 1008 met at the train to start assessing its condition and to establish some priorities for the restoration project.
Group members made an initial exterior examination of the train before moving inside to get an up-close look at the passenger and baggage cars. This work is essential as it will allow the group to establish priorities for restoration.
“There’s a lot of work to be done,” says FGTR President Gardner Sage, “but we are encouraged. Things are looking better than we’d anticipated.”
The group was joined for the day by Graeme Roy of the Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario (RMEO). RMEO has significant experience in historical railway restoration and is providing valuable advice to the FGTR 1008 as the project begins to take shape.
Watch for video updates on the FGTR 1008 Facebook page and YouTube Channel!