The final day of 2022 is upon us. The year has had it’s ups and downs for sure, but for the most part 2022 was by far our best and busiest year ever. We celebrated our 25th Anniversary in July. Significant progress was made on CN Flanger 56323, which received all new paint and proper lettering before the 25th Anniversary event. Restoration continues with the Cupola windows being rebuilt over the winter with the cupola being worked on in the spring. In the Spring, thanks to James and his helper Nick, the North track was completed and fir the first time since the shop closed, all 3 tracks were able to be used, and equipment was moved around to different display areas. The can of CN 9173 had restoration started, and with the help of a new member, has progressed much further than expected, looking forward to seeing a new paint job, hopefully in the spring. Our Spring and Fall Niagara Model Railway Show returned with great turnouts for both events. We also gained some new members who have really made an impact around the shop. The Plymouth diesel is getting some much needed attention, and was fired up for the first time in almost 10yrs. There were many artifact donations made, including the remaining items from the late Ken Robbins, whose family donated the TH&B Boarding Car to the Museum. These are just some of the things that went on in 2022, and this work couldn’t be done without our incredible group of volunteers, who put so much time in at the shop, and behind the scenes throughout the year.
So, what can we look forward to for 2023? Well, we will soon be, hmmm, nope, can’t mention that yet. But we will soon be, nope, nope, can’t mention that either. Hmmm, what can we talk about? Our 2023 schedule is up on our website at http://nfrm.ca/events.php and we have another full year of events happening. Restoration work is continuing on many pieces, including CN 9173, CN 56323, the Trackmobile, Plymouth and GE diesels, steam locomotive 46, and electric E7.
On behalf of the Niagara Railway Museum Inc. we would like to extend our thanks to everyone who came out to visit and support us in 2022, you helped make our year amazing. And all the work at the shop couldn’t be done without our dedicated volunteers who put in countless hours making things happen.
Happy New Year!! All the best for everyone in 2023…