While City, Railroad Museum Await January Trial, Vague Hints of Track Being Laid to Frisco
|Museum of the American Railroad/Larry Ford, Wilson & Company|
|One of five new "views" of the Museum of the American Railroad's new home in Frisco ... one day|
That said, a good Friend of Unfair Park directs our attention to the museum's Web site, where, last week, a press release never sent to the press, far as I can tell, was posted bearing the news that the Museum of the American Railroad has hired two construction companies to begin construction on Phase I of its new digs in Frisco. Says the release, one of the companies has been hired to lay track for the museum -- 3,800 feet worth, matter of fact, "including a connection with the BNSF Railway." And that, says the release, is "enough to accommodate the Museum's 2,650 feet of rolling stock currently at Dallas' Fair Park." It won't be cheap: Says the museum it needs $325,000 to begin work. I've been trying to reach museum CEO Bob LaPrelle all day to find out how "it plans to raise [the money] in 60 to 90 days," as per the release.
On a very related note, while I was on the museum's Web site I took a virtual stroll and stumbled across these brand-new computer-generated renderings of the new digs in Frisco. Collect 'em all! Says the site, you've got 25 years till the museum's completely built out, so no rush.