I am not the guy setting this up, but my understanding is that retail sales will be conducted roughly during our regular operating hours. There will be multiple copies of some material, and there are plans for some unique replica or reproduction items.
Again, I am not in charge of that department but here are some of the issues. It has Barn Space at the south end of Barn 9 so to get it out and under wire involves switching and moving some 800 feet of equipment, and the same when it is time to put it away. At 88 feet long there are areas off limits to that long and heavy locomotive. Being from the South Shore it does not run on our standard 600 volts DC (what do they use - 1500 volts?). So while it is 'operable' there are other control and electrical issues and it would never run at speed on our line. Add in the fact that it uses pantographs for current collection. Those are not compatible everywhere we have wire strung.
It HAS operated at slow speed and for special occasions. But it is not well suited to be out on the line every weekend or to provide passenger service on the railroad.
Thanks for the response, you are correct though, during the early Insull era the South Shore was converted to 1500 volts, I cant remember the specs on the original system. Well its nice to know he's moveable.
When I went to Museum Showcase Weekend I could not find a way to donate towards this project? was there a donation box somewhere on the grounds where I can donate towards this project on my next visit.
I hope to see the famous Electroliner running again. I want to bring in a painting of the Electroliner I did myself, I want to give it to the IRM and maybe they would hang it write next to the real thing. If anyone would like to see it, search on YouTube "My first vistit to the Illinois Railway Museum" it should be at the end of the video.