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crblue

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Ultimate Restorations
« on: August 12, 2018, 01:26:39 PM »
I wasn't real sure where to put this. If the mods think it should be someplace else, it won't bother me if you move it.

I caught the tail-end of a program on WTIU, the PBS station out of Bloomington, the other day called "Ultimate Restorations". It's a short series of programs about difficult or complicated restoration projects. The program I saw was about the restoration of Wisconsin Fish Commission Badger #2 which was a special car for transporting fish to restock rivers around the state. Mid-Continent Railway Museum in North Freedom, Wisconsin, acquired the car in 1960 and had it fully restored in 2008 at a cost of $950,000.

Not only is the cost unbelievable for a restoration like this, but the detail that the restoration team went to was extensive. And, the move from the restoration shop back to Mid-Continent is pretty challenging, too.

It looks like you can view the program on Amazon or maybe catch it on your local PBS station. https://www.ultimaterestorations.com/badger-2/

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Re: Ultimate Restorations
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2018, 04:13:38 PM »
It is a pretty neat program...they also did one on Sierra #3.

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Re: Ultimate Restorations
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2018, 08:46:41 AM »
While it probably won't make a TV show,  as far as I'm concerned this is the most impressive restoration project in the rail preservation field.

http://sp9010.ncry.org/

To go from what they started with, to an operating & restored locomotive that is both of an "unconventional" (diesel hydraulic) and "foreign" manufacture is beyond impressive.

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Re: Ultimate Restorations
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2018, 11:38:15 AM »
The KM is a cosmetic restoration at this time. Not running. Lots of parts to source; lots of work to do before it is operable.

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Re: Ultimate Restorations
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2018, 01:43:11 PM »
https://www.facebook.com/186409164738195/posts/1719541581424938/

One of the two prime movers is operational and the powertrain (driveshafts etc.) is active for it.  So, it can run and move - at least under half power.

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Re: Ultimate Restorations
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2018, 06:14:58 PM »
Thanks for the update. Looks like Niles Canyon's website is a little behind on this progress.