September 9, 2022
R. J. Corman Railroad Group Donates Hi-Rail Truck to The Bluegrass Railroad Museum
Pictured from left to right: John Penfield, The Bluegrass Railroad Museum Executive Director, William Downey R. J. Corman, Railroad Group Director - Government Affairs, and Steven Walker, The Bluegrass Railroad Museum Board Member and Volunteer.
This week R. J. Corman Railroad Group was pleased to donate a Ford F350 hi-rail mechanic's truck to The Bluegrass Railroad Museum located in Versailles, KY, to support their operations.
The Bluegrass Railroad Museum is dedicated to preserving and presenting an interactive experience of historic railroading in Kentucky. The volunteer-led non-profit organization maintains a museum of historic railroad artifacts and operates an antique tour train.
The donated hi-rail truck will replace the outdated 50-year-old railroad speeders the organization was using and is specially equipped to operate on both roads and railroad tracks. The vehicle will be utilized by the non-profit to do their pre-excursion track inspections and maintenance of way. The truck also has the capacity to store numerous tools and parts for on-site repairs, something that the old speeders could not do.
R. J. Corman's mechanical team is also supporting The Bluegrass Railroad Museum by assisting in the maintenance and repair of their locomotives and has planned future visits to train their volunteers.
"R. J. Corman is a key player for us, both for donations like this truck and for help with maintaining our equipment," said John Penfield, The Bluegrass Railroad Museum Executive Director.
"This is another way our company is giving back to our community and supporting railroad-related initiatives," said William Downey R. J. Corman, Railroad Group Director - Government Affairs, who led the project. "This donation was a cross-department effort, and I am grateful for everybody's help. Casey Heath (R. J. Corman Railroad Group AVP of Staff & Purchasing) helped locate the truck from our Nashville and Eastern Railroad; Aaron Corle (Nicholasville Shop Manager) and his team helped get the truck ready. Also, our Decal Shop printed their logo to go on the truck's door."
For more information about the Bluegrass Railroad Museum, please visit the following website: Bluegrass Railroad Museum.