A note of thanks to the Locomotive 6167 Restoration Committee

On August 2, as part of John Galt Day celebrations, we will be officially unveiling the restored 6167 Locomotive and welcoming it as the newest artifact in the Guelph Museums collection.

This moment would not be possible without the hard work, dedication, and expertise of all members – past and present – of the Locomotive 6167 Committee. I want to take this opportunity to thank them for their service to our community.

Locomotive 6167 was donated to the City of Guelph in 1967 as part of our centennial celebrations. It is a much-treasured local landmark for people of all ages.

The Locomotive 6167 Restoration Committee was formed in 2003. With significant support from a number of volunteers and locomotive experts, the Committee oversaw the restoration of the locomotive and tender, including the removal of asbestos, repainting, and interior refurbishments. Residents may recall the dramatic relocation of the locomotive to the other side of the train tracks – via a huge crane – to make way for Guelph Central Station.

To the casual observer, it may seem that restoring a locomotive of this vintage would be a simple matter. I can assure you it is not. If it were not for the dedication and passion of these volunteer committee members, along with Council’s commitment to restoration, Locomotive 6167 could have been lost. Instead, it stands as a wonderful example of a 1940’s era steam locomotive, and it  has even been honoured by the North America Railway Hall of Fame.

Everyone is welcome to join me at the locomotive on August 2 at 11 a.m. for the official unveiling. It’s a chance to meet and thank a dedicated group of railway enthusiasts and community heroes. The locomotive site is on Farquhar Street just east of Wyndham.

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3 Comments on “A note of thanks to the Locomotive 6167 Restoration Committee”

  1. Ed Lecuyer Says:

    Hopefully the city will install a fence and shelter around and over this treasure so that the restoration efforts will not be ruined by weather and vandals – as is often the case with locomotives owned by other municipalities.

  2. Richard Glueck Says:

    Locomotive 6167 must be surrounded by a fence for two essential reasons. One is the security of the artifact itself. Locomotives are notoriously targeted by thieves and the homeless. Two is the height and the attractive “playground” it becomes to children. Guelph must be good stewards to history and the public. I urge you, place a chainlink fence around the locomotive as a proactive measure. Do it now.

  3. David Dewey Says:

    The Locomotive looks wonderful now, but will soon be vandalized and damaged if it doesn’t have a protective surrounding; at the very least a tall fence, but more ideally an enclosed shelter to keep it from the elements. Locomotives in service were not left outside, they were kept in enginehouses (often a Roundhouse) when not pulling a train. You have a treasure there, do not waste all the time and efforts of all those volunteers and allow it to be damaged by vandals & thieves because you don’t give it necessary protection.
    As a former City Curator, I speak with experience with the two locomotives that were under my jurisdiction.

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