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Source: Campo Railroad Park & Museum

January 22, 2018 (Campo) -- The Campo Railroad Park & Museum has set up a donation page to help offset the costs of relocating and reconstructing the former Alpine train lovingly operated for children of all ages by Roy Athey. 

The Museum is committed to keeping the legacy alive in Campo with a dynamic exhibit of not only the train ride but also to include a faux mine complete with mining equipment to explain San Diego County’s many gold and precious metal mines.  Moving the train and setting it up was an unexpected gift and funds are simply not available today to put it back together. 

“The Museum is extremely grateful for the donation,” said Jim Lundquist, Alpine resident and the Museum’s Director of Museum Services.  “Last year, we had a need to invest over $120,000 in our railway, and there were no funds available at this time to fund the development of the mine train including the relocation of the equipment from Alpine, the grading and preparation of the roadbed, laying tracks, installing electrical power, constructing the mine tunnel and building another passenger coach.”

The budget for the project is:

Finish the Grading for the Mine Train including depot and platforms             $ 6,400

Concrete crossing of mine train and driveway, setting up the wig-wag             4,800

Three 9' 6" containers set up, covered with asphalt/similar, covered with

Dirt/wood, w/tracks and basic mine exhibit                                                          18,000

400 amp/240-volt electrical service to the mine for charging batteries               5,200    

Construct an additional coach and add mechanical emergency brakes

for two coaches and the caboose                                                                              5,000

Contingency (20%)                                                                                                       8,000

TOTAL                                                                                                                      $47,400

The first $1,000 has been donated towards that cause with the donation of a RV to the Museum which has been sold. In addition, John Hansen House Movers has stepped in to underwrite the majority of the costs to relocate the small depot from Alpine to Campo.  “Many people have expressed gratitude to Roy for his years of train rides and his finding a good home for the train” said Lundquist.  “Our hope now is those same people, and anyone with an interest in children and history to assist us with a cash donation.”

Donations can be made through the Museum’s web site at:  Select mine train as your donation fund.  If you would like to assist Lundquist in reconstructing the railway in Campo, volunteers are needed for that effort as well.  Email to offer your services.


Jim Lundquist


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