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.