Transfer Table restoration project
Housed in a designated heritage building and one of the City’s few remaining assets, the Elgin County Railway Museum faces many costly challenges in the operation, maintenance and restoration of our heritage property.
Immediately to the east of our building is a railway transfer table that is used to move large railway rolling-stock equipment between the thirteen bays of the building.
It is a designated heritage feature of the property and still remains vital to the rail equipment movement to this day.
The wooden deck of the century old transfer table has badly deteriorated over time and is in need of replacement for the safety of our volunteers who operate it and the Museum’s rolling-stock collection.
The transfer table is a key piece of equipment for special events, in changing of displays, moving equipment outside for static display, making room for new acquisitions and bringing in special guests such as Thomas to the building.
In December, 2015 the Elgin County Railway Museum approached the City of St. Thomas to request a grant for $10,000 to assist with the replacement of the wooden decking. The City of St. Thomas approved the grant request and we will be receiving the funds in July. Douglas Fir wood has been special ordered and work on the transfer table restoration will begin late summer/early fall.