A Vision for the Future
Restoring the #90 and her train
Phase 1: Safety Upgrades and Cosmetic Restoration
Phase 2: Full Working Restoration
The Polson #90 and her train were acquired after being put up for forced sale on safety grounds. As a result of this the first step of the restoration is to meet certain safety requirements, including abatement of the asbestos jacketing of the boiler; removal of sharp corroded edges; and making walkways and vestibules safe. The equipment will also have improper repairs addressed to aid the life of the equipment, as well as a cosmetic restoration to ensure the train remains attractive as well as safe.
During this restoration phase the SP&S 215 passenger car will be sufficiently restored to operate as a temporary depot building for Garibaldi whilst a more permanent building is planned and constructed. The Polson #90 and the SP 712 caboose will then be placed together on a spur and fenced in with a semi-permanent, yet high quality fence to deter tourists from climbing on the train. The fence will be low enough to take pictures of the locomotive unimpeded.
The goal for phase 1 is to complete the bulk of the work within the first 12-18 months of the project, investing at least $20,000 into the train set in that time.
The ultimate goal for all of the Polson #90 and it's train is nothing less than full working restoration. The precise timeline and cost for this is still being worked out. For comparison, the SP&S 218 passenger car, the twin sister to the SP&S 215 being restored here, was recently restored at the Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie, WA, in a multi-year project that consumed over 15,000 man hours and more than a quarter of a million dollars.
Starting in January 2020 the Save the #90 project will be issuing quarterly updates about how the restoration is progressing. If you would like to be kept up to date with the project we invite you to subscribe here to receive those updates in your email.