The Restoration Program

River RougeThe "River Rouge" after restoration.

Capitalizing on this asset was necessary as well as creative, since the cost to bring the vehicle to a state worthy of public exhibition has ranged from $200,000 to $300,000 per car. This cost includes new plush carpeting, leather upholstery, brass fixtures, restoration of fine woodwork, climate control and ventilation systems (and their accompanying monthly utility bills). It also included continuously monitored security systems for intrusion and smoke detection.""

One notable aspect for the restoration is that about ninety-five percent of the crews involved have been hired under federal and provincial government job-creation programs. The museum hired unemployed (and often unskilled) people to perform most of the restoration work, a system that worked well because Anderson dedicated himself to guiding it. Using his own background in restoration and architecture, he oversaw the process that turned a fleet of well-worn work train cars back into the classic railway carriages they had been.

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