Here's an easy way to build up our nest egg for our project to build WW&F no. 11, a reproduction of WW&F no. 7.
Send $11 for 11. While $11 doesn't sound like much, if just ten of us contributed $11 a month, that's $110 a month, which adds up to $1320 a year. That's enough, for the time being, to keep the project moving ahead. When we start thinking about buying steel for axles, casting the driver centers (patterns for which Bernie Perch has under way), and so on, we'll need to round up a lot more than ten of us.
Suppose 20 or 25 people each donated $11 a month. Now we're looking at some serious dollars, which is what we need to support the project. Talk to your friends, tell them about this exciting project, and urge them to support it.
However, don't feel that $11 a month is the only contribution we'll accept. We'll put any amount, at any time, to good use for this project. But you must admit that $11 for 11 has a certain ring to it, doesn't it? And look how it adds up.
Getting some funds in hand will show other potential donors that we can make this happen. In order for this dream to come true, eventually we're going to have to attract corporate sponsors and contributions from foundations, and one of the first things they look at is whether there is grass roots support.
While No 9 is the main focus, several opportunities have presented themselves with offers of "gifts in kind" from The Hammond & Irving foundry in New York state, and The Kellam Co. CNC Shop in North Carolina. Although our short term goal is to produce one concise component at a time, the generosity of these two organizations could not go unrecognized.
Our first component was the lead truck wheel set, an opportunity presented when the beautiful railcar being built by Leon Weeks needed spoked wheels of a design very similar to our lead wheel. Bernie Perch made a beautiful pattern from the No 11 lead wheel drawing for a cast iron, 16" spoked wheel center. It was designed in such a way that it could be used for both projects.
The first wheel center has been cast and is pictured on the right.
The museum has already authorized and paid for 6 wheel centers at $225/ea. The (2) No 11 wheel centers were funded separately by contributions raised here, and by email.