The Western Pacific Railroad Museum has been selected to receive a $1 million grant from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Fund. This grant will be used for phase 1 construction of the Frederick Whitman Multi-Purpose Building. This grant was received with assistance from Congressman Doug LaMalfa and his staff.
The Whitman Building’s main structure will be a 100 ft by 200 ft steel building kit that the FRRS has been purchasing from Olympia Steel Building Company. When fully complete, it will feature a custom façade based on the Western Pacific’s Ferry Terminal that formally stood in Oakland, California. Named for the WP’s longest serving president, the building will feature five tracks for equipment display and, when complete, temperature control of the internal environment.
Key features of the building will be gasketing in the rail flangeways and power outlets in the floor that will allow its use as a community event center, emergency evacuation shelter or mass casualty support center. The building will also feature ADA compliant, modern restrooms in the façade section.
The FRRS is currently completing the last requirements for release of the funds and pulling together a local team of contractors to finalize design details, work with the city and county on all permits and other requirements and begin pre-construction work leading up to a formal groundbreaking.
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