How You Can Help: Locomotive #168 Restoration Project.
DONATE TO THE LOCOMOTIVE #168 AND BECOME A PART OF THIS LIVING LEGEND.
The No. 168 was built in 1883 as part of General Palmer’s vision to have the largest and best narrow gauge passenger service in the Rocky Mountains. The T-12 Class locomotive was best suited for mountain railroading, and the No. 168 traveled all over the Rocky Mountains and the west between Colorado and Utah. In 1909, it had the distinction of transporting President William H. Taft to the dedication of the Gunnison Tunnel. No. 168 made its last run in 1937. A year later, it was retired and donated to the City of Colorado Springs. There, the locomotive sat idle in Antlers Park for 77 years.
Donate to the 168 Restoration Fund and HELP US METICULOUSLY RESTORE THE BEAUTY OF 1883.
The 168 was built in 1883 by General William Jackson Palmer and was one of the largest and fastest narrow-gauge ten-wheelers of its day, pulling passenger trains from the the Front Range to the San Juan gold fields. Today, the 168 is one of only two of its class still in existence in the world. Work on the 168 began early in 2017. Since then, we drove more than 2,500 rivets to build a new tank and completed the tender. We evaluated the boiler and prepared the application necessary to have it certified. We confirmed that the running gear was in good condition and trued up the cylinders. Volunteers are now constructing a new cab.
With your donation today, we will be closer to reaching our goal of complete restoration by 2019.
Please note: There’s a 25% tax credit for donors who are Colorado residents. Which means that your $168 will qualify for a $42 reduction in state taxes, making your total contribution cost just $126.