Grant Application for Mt. Baxter


Two years ago, Midwest was awarded a grant from the John H. Emery Rail Heritage Trust in the amount of $18,000 that was subsequently used for repairs to CTVX 90, one of our three Nickel Plate Railroad passenger cars. Although the amount was not enough to cover the entire cost of all repairs performed, the funds went a long way towards replacing the vestibule doors, repairing wood windows, body work and sandblasting and repainting the car and roof.

Slated for some much needed repairs this year is our Pullman car Mt. Baxter. Repairs to this car were mentioned in January's issue of Marker Lights when the priorities for 2021 were highlighted and the intention was to once again apply for this grant. Deadline for the application was February 1st, and again a group of dedicated Trustees put in many hours researching material and filling out the required forms for what will hopefully be a successful bid.

Our wish list for determining the amount of the grant being applied for includes sand blasting, metal work, window repairs, truck work, holding tanks and a complete repainting. Items may be eliminated from the list depending on the amount we are granted if indeed we are successful. New holding tanks will enable us to once again get the bathrooms back in working order if we do receive the full amount.

Besides enabling us to cross one item off of our priority list, a successful application would be a good start to another Covid hampered year.

Exterior views of Mt. Baxter are shown in two of the photos above along with a photo of 90 after work was completed using funds from the John H. Emery Grant.

Exterior views of Mt. Baxter are shown in two of the photos above along with a photo of 90 after work was completed using funds from the John H. Emery Grant.