Electrification at TMNY has been a hard hurdle to cross for a number of reasons. The same location that blesses TMNY with waterfront scenery, a historic district and tourists also bristles with underground utilities, especially gas pipelines. Therefore TMNY couldn't 'just string some wire' without meeting the costly requirements for safeguarding the gas lines. In 2006, the City of Kingston on the museum's behalf, commissioned a $50,000 engineering study to design and cost out the electrification project. HDR was chosen for the study and the final report was delivered in 2008. HDR's estimate for the project, including track upgrades, overhead, 12-pulse rectifier substation, and completely restoring trolley B&QT 8361 (a double end Peter Witt) is $7.1M. So, TMNY has a little bit of money to raise! TMNY still has no endowment or other long-term means to sustain the current operation (including staff salary), so that will continue to be the focus of our own fundraising near-term. TMNY has the attention of our US representatives, has applied for stimulus monies and Kawasaki is looking at Kingston for a battery LRV test site, so if any of these sprout money we'll finally be able to make some big progress.
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