I want to give you all an update on DuPont’s Dynamite Train. Thanks to the tireless efforts of volunteer Keith Beaton and Fred Foreman the engine is up and running and tucked away under the new canopy. Keith, who works on stryker vehicles, spent weeks cleaning, repairing and getting the train running.
The first phase of the canopy building project is completed. The second phase, slated to begin sometime in July, will include the installation of sidewalks (allowing for handicapped accessibility) lighting and interpretive signage. Public Works Director, Peter Zahn has done a tremendous job in taking this canopy from a design on paper to an actual building.
The gentleman on the clip with the hat is Russell with the State Dept of Archeology who has been actively involved in the train restoration, is starting the process to have the train placed on the List of historic landmarks. Sen. Mike Carrell is working on the train’s restoration also and has been on-site between Session meetings. We still have a lot to do to get it back to its original condition. But we are on our way.
I would also like to thank museum manager, Joh Jones, Cara Mitchell and others who refused to let this dream die. When the going got tough…you got going!
If anyone would like to help with the train’s restoration, please contact Joh at the museum at 253-964-2399
Finally, I would invite those who have not been by the museum, to come view the train and park. During Park Appreciation Day volunteers cleaned, weeded, painted and planted. A group of us even pulled down the ivy that was strangling our beloved Cherry Trees at the entrance of the Village.
Lee McDonald, President
DuPont Historical Society