The Western Virginia Railroad Preservation Society

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Recent Updates

July 14th, 2008 - The Western Virginia Railroad Preservation Society (TWVRPS) is pleased to announce the launch of a new fundraising campaign to rescue the remaining historic railroad equipment in the former Virginia Scrap Iron & Metal Company scrapyard in Roanoke, VA. This equipment consists of three Norfolk & Western steam locomotives built between 1910 and 1911, two rare Baldwin diesel locomotives from the Chesapeake Western Railroad, two water canteen cars converted from steam locomotive tenders, and a flatcar.

Annual Meeting for 2008

April 17th, 2008 - Our Annual Meeting will be held on May 17, 2008 this year at the Walkersville Southern Railroad. Walkersville, Maryland is located about 10 miles north of Frederick, MD. The meeting will start at 1PM and will go for approximately 1 to 1.5 hours.

We are planning to first meet at approximately 10am and split into two groups. One group shall continue to work on getting the machine tools operational, while the other will prepare a preliminary proposal for acquisition of the Clifton Forge shops as well as our level of participation in the case of the Lost Engines of Roanoke.

Another Year for the Books - 2007 In Review

January 1, 2008 - Yet another year in the saga of TWVRPS has come to a close. Once again it is time for a look back at what has happen over the past year.

In April we successfully moved the machine tools from Pennsylvania to Maryland for temporary storage on the Walkersville Southern Railroad. Work days have been ongoing almost every month since in the effort to return these wonderful pieces of equipment to operation.

The proposal for the old railroad shops in Clifton Forge, Virginia continues to come along at a steady pace, with hopes of its completion in mid-2008. The business plan is moving along at a similar rate, well on its way to to being completed by mid-year.

Many thanks go out to everyone involved in our operations this year, with perticular thanks going to David Collison, Sharon Deckard, David Dunn, Richard Jenkins, Allen Martin, Andrew Martin, Ben McKnew, H.B. Radar, Brad Smith, and everyone at the Walkersville Southern Railroad, whose direct help resulted in the success of our operations in 2007.

Machine Tools Moved to Walkersville, Maryland

April 5, 2007 - On April 4th, 2007 after almost two years of planning and fundraising, TWVRPS has succeed in moving a collection of machine tools from Strasburg, Pennsylvania to Walkersville, Maryland.

For those of you unaware, several years ago The Western Virginia Railway Preservation Society had several machine tools donated to them from the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. For almost two year the tools continued to languish in the rail yard of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania as the TWVRPS continued their fundraising drive to move the tools to a more permanent home. Soon the fundraising committee began to work overtime, and in an expert display of determination and lost voices, enough funds were allocated to move the tools down to the Walkersville Southern Railroad.

A "call to arms" was raised, and members scrambled to find a crane and a trucking company willing to move the machine tools. With the final details secured within the last week, "call to arms" was complete, and the machine tools arrived safely on time down in Walkersville, Maryland.

Archived Updates

Scanner Acquired

June 28th, 2006 - Recently the society has acquired a blueprint scanner which we intend to use for the conversion to digital prints from worn paper copies in an effort to enhance the preservability of the original materials though lesser handling. On a similar note, in an effort to help provide an income for the society the board has decided to go ahead with scanning blueprints and other large documents for other entities in an effort to recover the cost of the scanner as well as bring in additional monies for the society.

We have achieved non-profit status!

May 12th, 2006 - We have received a letter back from the IRS which contains final verification that our application for non-profit status has been accepted. We are now a legal 501(c)(3) non-profit society in the eyes of the United States government.

Annual Meeting for 2006

April 17th, 2006 - Our Annual Meeting will be held on May 13, 2006 this year at the Durbin and Greenbrier Railroad. This is just a few miles north of Cass and Green Bank. The meeting will start at 1PM and will go for approximately 1 to 1.5 hours.

Afterwards will be a ride on the Railroad starting at 3pm, with stops for run-bys for those who want to photograph the consist. Total time on the excursion will be 3 hours. cost per person will be $20 dollars, half of which will go to the fundraising for the move of the machine tools. We will provide more details in a few days.

One of the things that will be happening is election of Board members. There are four up for nomination or reelection. No additional nominations have been put forth as yet so if you have someone to nominate let us know so we can put the info out. The following people are up for reelection at this point.

Mike Stillwell
Ben True
Richard Jenkins
Andrew Martin
You can vote via email Proxy or send a snail mail. Mail in votes should be sent to:
Attn: 2006 Board Election
The Western Virginia Railroad Preservation Society
P.O. Box 124
Natural Bridge, VA 24578

Non-Profit Status Update

March 15th, 2006 - After two years of filling out forms, checking and rechecking, our application for non-profit status has been completed. As of a few weeks ago we have sent out the required forms to the IRS for final verification before our non-profit status can become official.

Machine Tools Update

July 26th, 2005 - In July 2005, the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania agreed to donate part of their collection that had become surplus to The Western Virginia Railroad Preservation Society. The collection of machine tools consists of a large steam hammer, a 24" lathe, a forge, a 60" vertical milling machine, and a radial-arm drill press.

Now that the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania has donated the machine tools to our preservation society we have begun to seek sources of funding in order to transport the tools to our site for future restoration, both cosmetic and operational.

After consulting with several officials, from multiple moving companies, we determined that the best way to transport the machine tools, to their new home, would be by railroad. In order to do this we need to raise close to $3500 to make a successful move.

Shops Proposal Started

March, 2005 - We have begun to put together a proposal of use for the original Chesapeake & Ohio railroad shops located in Clifton Forge, Virginia. These shops were first built in the 1800s, having multiple additions being built and torn down over the years. These combination of buildings, which make up the locomotive shops at Clifton Forge, VA, were graciously donated by CSX Transportation to the town of Clifton Forge in the early 1990's. Over the last 15 years, through a blending of time and disuse, these shops have become rundown, and are in need of repair.

What we would like to do is to perform an adaptive reuse of these old shop buildings, possibly by turning part of the complex into a living history museum. Our intentions will also be to preserve the atmosphere of the site by continuing to maintain historic railroad equipment there, possibly through a separate for-profit entity run by TWVRPS. The machine tools that we are seeking to acquire would help us greatly in this endeavor. More information about the CSXT shops can be found on our projects page.

Online Meetings

Beginning in March 2004, this group has been holding monthly meetings online to discussing the current and future happening of the society. Currently online meetings of The Western Virginia Railroad Preservation Society are being held the second Wednesday of each month at 8PM EST. The URL for the current chat room is http://www.wvrps.org/chat/.

Beginning with the chat room first included with Yahoo Groups (which was later discontinued) and continuing with several other internet based chat rooms including ones based on flash and CGI technology. Unfortunately, some of our members are still having trouble accessing the chat through these mediums. To this end we are currently seeking a different method of holding these meetings online. In the meantime if you wish to join in with the group in discussing the current and future prospects of the organization, please do not hesitate to chime in during the discussion on the Yahoo Group located at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TWVRPS.