November 2002

The Tourist Railway Association, Inc. (TRAIN) has honored Mid-Continent Railway Museum with their coveted “Passenger Car Restoration Award” for the two-year effort to restore Milwaukee, Lake Shore & Western coach Number 63.

The award was presented during the Association’s annual meeting sponsored this year by the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad in Durango, Colorado. Kyle Williams Wyatt, Curator of the California State Railroad Museum and TRAIN’s Award Committee Chairman, presented the award plaque to Mid-Continent’s Executive Director Forrest Van Schwartz at the Association’s dinner banquet on November 9.

TRAIN also presented Preservation Awards to:

The HEBER VALLEY RAILROAD and NEVADA NORTHERN RAILWAY for their operation of three steam locomotives to transport over 6,000 visitors to the 2002 Winter Olympics venue at Soldier Hollow, Utah near Salt Lake City. The steam trains received extensive world wide coverage and were a first in Olympic history.

The NATIONAL RAILROAD MUSEUM in Green Bay for completion of their expansive Visitor Center and Display Hall. The Display Hall houses the World War II Eisenhower headquarters train, a Union Pacific “Big Boy” steam locomotive and a Pennsylvania Railroad Class GG-1 electric locomotive and other equipment.

Mid-Continent has previously been honored by TRAIN with a Preservation Award for restoration of Great Northern Railroad coach 3261.