Transportation Tuesday: Fundraising for Railcar Restoration

Kudos to the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad as they restore Western Maryland Railway’s Pullman Business Car #204. Built in 1918, it has spent the last 50 years as a residence near Deep Creek Lake in western Maryland. Many foundations focus on the big, multi-million donor that will get the job done and take up the smallest plaque possible. But heritage tugs at the heartstrings of people with wallets of all different sizes. The WMSR Foundation, with this in mind, has developed a funding scheme so that donors can fund the replacement of windows $100-750 dollars. While certainly there is the need for larger sums (the platform door is $5000), these smaller sums are great for smaller donors and classroom/scout troop fundraising pools. More speed Business Car #204! Visit their website to donate.

Rendering, Fundraising scheme for the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Foundation Pullman Business Car #204.

About Becky Fifield

Becky Fifield is a cultural heritage professional with 25 years experience in institutions large and small. She is currently Head of Collection Management for the Special Collections of the New York Public Library. An advocate for preventive conservation, Ms. Fifield is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation, Chair of the AIC Collection Care Network, and former Chair of Alliance for Response NYC. She is also a scholar of 18th century female unfree labor and dress. There's a bit of pun in the title The Still Room, delineating a quiet space brimming with the ingredients of memory, where consideration, analysis, and wordcraft can take place. Ms. Fifield’s interests include museum practice, dress history, historic preservation, transit, social and women’s history, food, current events, geneaology, roadtrips, and considerations on general sense of place. Becky and her husband, Dr. V, live in the Hudson Valley.