It's worth remembering, dear reader, particularly reader who is a casual train enthusiast with toddlers who are into Thomas and Friends, that preservation railways are generally not state enterprises, nor does railway preservation generate the kind of upscale Patron of the Arts types who might host champagne brunches in support of galleries somewhere.
The Union-based museum operates on about $1 million each year, not including the cost of equipment restoration projects, which largely are funded by donations, tax documents show.Exactly. Rolling stock that is under roof has to earn its keep, either by running on the demonstration line (on rare occasions, the Nebraska Zephyr, which passes inspection for use on the common carriers, earns additional money venturing beyond the museum) or by having money donated by members or supporters.
Owned and operated entirely by volunteers, the museum receives no state or federal money. All of the organization's operating costs are paid by individual donations and profits from ticket sales, according to the website.