Dailey Foundation awards grants to four preservation projects

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A Dailey Foundation grant will assist NC&StL 576, shown moving out of Centennial Park in Nashville in January 2019.
Trains: Jim Wrinn
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio-based Tom E. Dailey Foundation Inc. Tuesday announced 12 grants totaling $28,500 including four for railway preservation projects totaling $15,000.

The railway preservation projects include $5,000 for the Oregon Rail Heritage Center; $3,000 for N.C. Railway Museum; $6,000 for the Nashville Steam Preservation Society; and $1,000 for the Coastal Heritage Society in Savannah, Ga.

The Oregon funding will go to the restoration and installation of the 102-foot turntable from the Brooklyn roundhouse. Built in 1924 by American Bridge Co., it will allow for turning locomotives and cars. The most famous residents include Southern Pacific 4-8-4 No. 4449, Spokane Portland & Seattle 4-8-4 No. 700, and Doyle McCormack’s Alco PA in Nickel Plate road colors.

The North Carolina funding will go to the restoration of the Goldston depot, built in 1884 by the Cape Fear & Yadkin Valley Railroad. Since it was acquired and relocated with the help of the Tom E. Dailey foundation, member volunteers have worked on exterior wood repairs, painting, and initial restoration of the office inside the depot. They are now embarking on a complete interior restoration so as to make the depot suitable for visitors to see the inside along with the museum’s collection of historic local railroad artifacts.

The Nashville funding will go to rebuilding the Worthington SA hot water pump as part of the restoration of the feedwater system for the Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis steam locomotive No. 576. Disassembly of No. 576 is currently underway. While the locomotive, which sat in a city park for 65 years until January 2019 is in remarkably good condition, certain items such as the entire feedwater system need restoration.

The Coastal Heritage funding will go to interior restoration of the Southern Railway partitioned coach No.1207. No. 1207 is one of the few surviving Jim Crow-era passenger coaches in its original condition and with the partition intact. Funding will be used to begin interior restoration of the No.1207, including repairs to the floor and replacement of all floor tiles, new upholstery, repairs to walls damaged by water, fresh paint, and deep cleaning. When interior restoration is complete, the No.1207 will be the focal point for an interpretive program discussing railroad history from an African American perspective.

Since 2013, the Foundation has awarded 304 grants totaling $903,206.
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