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AT&SF Steam Locomotive 5000 Relocation and Cosmetic Restoration.
The Railroad Artifact Preservation Society, Inc. became a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation in 2003. We were first organized for the purpose of preserving AT&SF Steam Locomotive Number 5000 for future generations. That goal was accomplished in 2008, and part of that effort was documented by the History Channel's Mega Mover TV series and was aired in May of 2005. After completing the cosmetic restoration of Locomotive 5000, know affectionately as the "Madame Queen," we returned the care and maintenance of the beautifully restored locomotive back to its owner, the City of Amarillo, and began to think about other projects.
In 2016, the Society received a large model railroad collection from the Judge Donald Maxwell Dean family. The donation from the Judge Donald Maxwell Dean family fit perfectly into the Societies plans to create their future - Santa Fe Locomotive Development Museum. With the Dean Collection in hand the Society had the model railroad equipment and supplies necessary to develop a large model railroad display inside the museum. The brass locomotives in the collection could be used to represent the custom designed steam locomotives developed by the Santa Fe. Larry's book would be used to guide the displays and ensure the accurate historical theme of the museum.
Santa Fe's Raton Pass Model Railroad, Test-bed layout for the SFLDM: The RAPS Board of Directors decided that it would be wise to build a small version of the SFLDM model railroad before attempting to build the huge 5,000 SF layout planned for the museum. The test-bed layout is called Santa Fe's Raton Pass Model Railroad (SFRPMR) and was completed and became operational in late 2018. The SFRPMR gives us a place to practice our model railroading skills and tryout ideas. It also provides a layout to test the Dean Collection brass locomotives. www.rapstrains.com
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