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As I mentioned in a few posts on the Huber Breaker Preservation Society Mine Car Restoration thread, we are trying to acquire a Vulcan 0-4-0 steam locomotive that was used by the Glen Alden Coal Co. parent of Blue Coal in Ashley. I had applied for two grants, one from Luzerne Co. and one from Williams Pipeline. We didn't receive either grant. A bit of a setback and disappointment, especially the one from Luzerne Co.
The young member of our group, Matt is working on a project to produce a model of the recently restored mine car, and the lokie we're trying to get. I have also sent an e mail to one of our State reps, for leads on non matching grants. I'm not very good at cimage skills, so I included a link that has an image of the Vulcan Lokie.
https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=https://www.american-rails.com/images/WalnutCreek143X.jpg&imgrefurl=https://www.american-rails.com/vulcan-iron-works.html&docid=jWfQlZ1hG_7abM&tbnid=3rpyEkdQcAGa-M:&vet=10ahUKEwj9mIqinujeAhXImeAKHQiHDIcQMwg4KAAwAA..i&w=1448&h=886&bih=731&biw=1536&q=The Vulcan Iron Works&ved=0ahUKEwj9mIqinujeAhXImeAKHQiHDIcQMwg4KAAwAA&iact=mrc&uact=8
 

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We are in the process of filling out another grant application to acquire funding to purchase, transport and begin restoration on the Lokie. This is promising, as we have the backing of our state rep. This is a Local Share Account grant that is funded by casino tax revenue. Since Luzerne County PA has the biggest casino in the state, I assume the funding is equally abundant, at least I hope so. Most of the arrangements have been made; a set purchase price has been determined by the owner, and transport costs are all but complete. A professional estimate of restoration costs is needed to justify grant funds in addition to the other costs. We are requesting $15,000.00 for phase one. Being approved would be a nice belated Christmas gift for the society.
 

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The Huber Breaker Preservation Society of Ashley PA is sponsoring a Go Fund Me page to raise money for our biggest project to date, the return of a Vulcan Iron Works 0-4-0 steam locomotive that was used in Wanamie, and the Loomis Colliery in Nanticoke. The engine is currently privately owned and resides in Michigan. The current owner would like to see #9 return home. Grants are being sought, and other fundraisers are in the works. Our goal is to restore the Lokie to full operation. Plans include layig track along the west border of the park to run the lokie. Projects that have been completed include a concrete shanty, used to shelter a switchman and to relay track alignment instructions to the switchman. A Central RR of New Jersey mast signal, used to control train movement has also been restored. This past year, a mine car used to haul raw coal from under ground to the processing facility was restored as well. all three are prominently displayed at Miners' Memorial Heritage Park at 101 S Main Street in Ashley. Anyone interested in donating can do so by clicking on the link below. Thank you.
https://www.gofundme.com/help-restore-wanamie-9-dlampw-28?pc=ot_co_dashboard_a&rcid=ea6a23d9134145228b39d4fdcc07cc3b
 

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WOW, I was only kidding when I asked when were you going to redo an old Locomotive. :D

That would make a awesome addition to the park.:smilie_daumenpos:

That will keep you busy for a few weeks !:p
 

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So far, the grant application has been one giant headache after another. For starters, we had some bad intel on the purchase price by the young fellow spearheading the project. Apparently he thought he had a selling price of $5,00.00 from the owner, and we were basing the grant funding on that figure. The purchase price is 3+ times that figure. Then he had a truck lined up to do the move gratis, and that fell through due to interstate contract issues. By December 24th, we had gotten a new estimate to transport from Michigan to Ashley of over $5,000.00, without crane service at either end. The grant will pay for 85% of the total cost, but we had already been committed to a 15,000.00 request. As if all this additional cost wasn't enough, while I was away in Ocean City MD, the grant coordinator left a message stating that the grant was submitted to the wrong county. Somehow, half way through the application, the county designation changed. I was working with our borough on New Years eve, the deadline to file the grant, and again halfway through the ap, a different county mysteriously appeared. Frustrated, I gave up on the refile, and left a message for the woman handling the grants in Harrisburg, explaining our situation. Fast forward to today, and she is working at her end to modify the original grant, but required a letter from Ashley Borough with all its info as the grant writer and sponsor. Apparently, there is a stipulation in Luzerne Co. that requires the host municipality to apply, and not stated in the instructions. Again, another trip to the borough office with a short letter I typed up for the manager to attach the borough info and his signature to. He e mailed it to the woman directly from his office, so hopefully it will be accepted. If not, I will have to mail a copy and hope that this is the end of this debacle. Sometimes I wonder if these things are intentional to discourage the weak?! If our application is finally accepted, it will be a waiting game until February or March before grants are announced. Sheesh!
 

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Latest update on the grant application. After finally getting the grant written for the correct county, we got word from Harrisburg that we can apply for the full amount of our estimated cost of purchase and transport, which is $21,950.00. We had to request an updated resolution from Ashley Borough, and rescind the previous resolution for the $15,000.00 reflecting a 15% match. We also had to submit an approval letter from the planning commission, which was basically non existent due to borough oversight regarding expiration of several terms, and the death of another member. We had to include the financial statement of the borough. Fortunately, this was all done via e mail on Wednesday February 13th, which was the date the state gave for final revision submission. We also received a commitment for an additional $5,000.00 from a local business pending grant approval, and an additional $5,000.00 at a later date.
 

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Sounds like this project is moving ahead at "government speed".
Which makes a snail seem fast.
Good luck with it, hope it all works out.
You have much more patience than I do.


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I have no choice but to be patient, after all the time and frustration. The real kick in the backside would be not getting the grant.
 

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Nice work. :appl: As "GNfan", I guess it's my job to know that the other existing Vulcan is rusting away at the same "train graveyard" in Oregon as the Great Northern steamer that was "stuffed and mounted" at the zoo in Seattle in my childhood. :(
 
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