- Associated Press - Sunday, July 31, 2016

ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (AP) - The National Railroad Museum in Green Bay is raising money for a $20 million expansion project.

Fundraising will take about a year and construction will take at least two years, said Jacqueline Frank, the museum’s executive director.

“What you’re going to be able to see is basically a big room with multiple bays in it and each bay will have two to three, maybe up to four different pieces of rolling stock. Each one you’ll be able to enter into,” Frank told WLUK-TV (https://bit.ly/2aSVXAR ). She said in the center of the room visitors will be able to see a turntable that will turn all of the pieces.

The museum, which celebrated its 60th anniversary Saturday, is looking to Green Bay and beyond for funding.

“We’re also talking to railroads, we’re talking to private individuals from around the United States and we already have some really significant donations from individuals from Chicago and other areas as well,” Frank said.



Project architects say the original museum buildings will be kept where they are. Once the building is complete, the museum will be able to move all of its trains indoors.

“That’s the aim of the design here is to provide an appropriate environment for the trains that they do have, that there isn’t continued deterioration of the rolling stock that they have, that they can restore and preserve them and keep them in an environment that is museum-like,” said Ian Griffiths, an architect at Berners-Schober Associates Inc.

Griffiths said if the building is built, “it will become a significant destination for this area.”

The museum has a collection of over 100,000 items, including 70 pieces of rolling stock. Last year the museum attracted 86,000 visitors, up 10,000 from the previous year, officials said.

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Online:

National Railroad Museum Capital Campaign: https://nrmcapitalcampaign.org

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Information from: WLUK-TV, https://www.fox11online.com

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