The three pictures below were taken December 19th at 6:15 pm in Route 66 Village. Mike and Ed Massey and other volunteers electrified the site and hung lights on the locomotive, Pullman car, oil tanker and caboose. What a great attraction to have in Tulsa. This effort marks the second year of this wonderful display. Funds to perform this treat all come from individual contributions of nickels, dimes, dollars and volunteer labor from members and friends of The Townwest Sertoma Club and the general public. No government money is involved. RS
2013 Christmas official lighting
Mike Massey greeting folks at the 2013 official lighting
Ed Massey at 2013 lighting showing marshalling signals
Sertoman Bob Schwarz & daughter Emanda help 4500 celebrate New Year's Eve.
Illusion of 60 MPH
4500 lit for Christmas 2012
The 4500 lit for Christmas 2012
Restoration of the Frisco 4500 Meteor, 4-8-4 Engine & Consist
My fellow Americans, friends, neighbors and folks from across the pond,
We have an unfinished symphony here. We have a ‘walk around’ attraction.
What we’re trying to produce is a treasure for Tulsa and America. We’re trying to produce a ‘walk-through attraction’. This train has been made possible through donations of labor, materials, money, creativity and dedication from many individuals with a vision, over a period of thirty-one years.
A former volunteer said to me “The first thing you need when you decide to restore a train is a tender full of money.” Well, we never had a tender full of money. Actually, our tender (the one behind the locomotive) is full of air. It is empty. It’s just full of hope. We haven’t had one penny of government money. It’s all been from private businesses and individuals. We’ve always been close to being flat broke. We’ve been promised money and we’ve been promised materials and we’ve been promised labor. We all know that sometimes promises are kept, and sometimes not. Thanks to those who have kept those promises.
When anyone is gracious enough to make a contribution, it goes straight into things like paint, sheet metal, wood, and hardware and is actually installed with mostly free labor, in a timely manner. Then we start again. Little by little, inch by inch.
Please make a donation as you are able. We also invite you to join us as a member of Townwest Sertoma Club. It is a rewarding experience.
Come, visit the Route 66 Village and enjoy the icons of the past.
Some FUN..Watch as the Frisco 4500 is pulled, screaming, and kicking through a curve she was not intended to navigate. We are pulling her from the SKOL Yard onto the BNSF Main Line to move her to a staging spur in the Holly Refinery, May 4, 2010. Click on the Youtube link below, or highlight it, right click and select "open link."
As she sat in Mohawk Park from 1954 until she was moved to Owasso in 1991
An interesting size comparison
Getting started on restoration January 2005 near Archer & Lansing in SKOL Yard
Near the end of April 2010 near Archer & N. Lansing, Tulsa, OK
The Locomotive and Tender paint was complete by March of 2010 and made ready for the move to the Holly Refinery. The locomotive, tender, Pullman car ‘Murrary Hill’ and the Frisco caboose #1157 were staged in the safety of the refinery from May 1, 2010 till June 5, 2011 until the spur-track could be constructed by team volunteers. The spur-track panels were furnished by BNSF Railroad. Assembly and ballasting was completed by Sertoma volunteers by April 20, 2011. On June 4, 2011 the TSU Railway built a temporary track across Southwest Boulevard and on June 5, 2011 the caboose, Pullman car and the locomotive were moved into Route 66 Village. Sertoma volunteers were under the influence of plenty of adrenalin during the event. A list of volunteers and contributors is displayed at the Village. If you would like to volunteer in any way, either a donation or labor, please contact us through Townwestsertomaclub.org or Route66village web sites.