Examiner Enterprise

Rotary Club spearheads historic locomotive project

By Special to the E-E
Saturday, November 28, 2009 9:25 PM CST

The Bartlesville Rotary Club, which was instrumental in bringing AT&SF No. 940 to Bartlesville more than 50 years ago, is taking the lead in funding the completion of the locomotive's new home at the Bartlesville depot.

Thus far, Rotarians have committed $5,000 to the effort, with a goal of providing at least $10,000. Contributions by club members are being matched dollar-for-dollar by a club foundation gift left by former club member Dick Kane.

1955-56. He, along with other club members, played a key role in saving the steam locomotive from the scrap yard and bringing it to Bartlesville for display in Johnstone Park in August 1956.

"Our club board felt this was an ideal way to recognize our club's original ties to this historic locomotive, as well as honor Dick's longtime contribution to the community,"" said Debbie Mueggenborg, club president.

that will help complete the display of No. 940, including access to the cab, decorative lighting, a protective awning, interpretative signage and exterior restoration of the locomotive. The locomotive will be moved to the display track in early December.

The 106-year-old locomotive is the sole survivor of 342 engines of its type built for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe. It is one of only 50 preserved steamers that once traveled the huge Santa Fe rail network.

The total cost of moving the locomotive and tender to the depot and completing the public display area is estimated at $130,000. So far, nearly 70 percent of that amount has been raised from foundation grants and individual contributions.

Contributions to complete the project are tax-deductible and can be made through the Bartlesville Community Foundation. Funds raised to date cover the cost of moving the locomotive and tender, the display track and initial site enhancements.

The schedule of No. 940's December transfer to the depot will be announced in upcoming days. The move will be handled by large cranes and lowboy trailers traveling Hensley Avenue.