Railroad Museum receives $15,000 grant
The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau board of directors recently approved a grant for $15,000 to restore and preserve artifacts for the DeQuincy Railroad Museum.
The museum has seen an increase in visitation from 2012 to 2013, and over the past three years, the museum has undergone several phases of preservation and renovation including exterior lighting, highway signs, replacing display cases and improving landscaping.
The next phase will include projects such as cleaning and repainting the exterior exhibits which showcase a 1913 steam locomotive, two cabooses and a 1947 Pullman Passenger Coach.
“It is critical to the future of the museum to ensure the quality of the exhibits and condition of the building, which is a unique addition to the attractions and museums in Southwest Louisiana,” said Shelley Johnson, executive director of the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The DeQuincy Railroad Museum also serves as a satellite information center of the bureau, assisting travelers with tourist information on the area.
For more information on the museum, log onto www.dequincyrailroadmuseum.com.