Fellow Frisco Folks, I don't know if this is the best place to put this announcement, but I can repost elsewhere if needed. I live near Rolla, MO, which, as most of you know, is home to 1501 and an old Jim Crow car. I have received an email from the Director of Parks/Recreation for the City of Rolla, who tells me that they are interested in doing some rehab work on the 1501 and the Jim Crow car, and he is looking for ideas, materials, and labor. The exact scope of the project is not yet certain, but the city is recognizing the need. It may include things like painting, rehabbing the interior of the Jim Crow car, rehabbing the cab of the engine. Personally, I would like to see improved signage (and the valve gear reassembled on the fireman’s side). Help might come in the form of labor, soliciting donations, publicity, supporting laborers . . . . Really, the project is currently very open-ended, and they are looking for help to shape the plan. Anyway, I would like to hear from anyone interested in supporting the project. One of the initial hurdles is demonstrating potential support to the city. Nobody is enlisting by responding: we just want to get the word out, see what kinds of help we might be able to generate, and see what ideas might be floating around. Several of you have noted the poor state many surviving engines are in and lament the deterioration of the 1501. If you are in reasonable range of Rolla, here's your chance to help correct this problem. Also, spread the word to anyone you know who might be interested. The more interest that is generated, the more likely this project can accomplish something good.