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McKeen Motor Cars and Switcher engine on the Minneapolis & Northern Railroad

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May 5, 2016 by Madison Kirkman


Australian McKeen Train

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May 2, 2016 by Madison Kirkman


Progress on the McKeen Car “Cuyamaca”

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May 1, 2016 by Madison Kirkman


McKeen Car Collision with Truck

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May 1, 2016 by Madison Kirkman


New Photo of the McKeen Car “Cuyamaca” at 10th Street in San Diego

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April 27, 2016 by Madison Kirkman


Railroad Podcast #39, Featuring yours Truly

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April 25, 2016 by Madison Kirkman

This was a great interview/podcast with host Nick Ozorak, the head of “The Roundhouse” Podcast. It was a pleasure talking with him about the Cuyamaca and my entire project. I am thankful to now sit in a group of people who have been interviewed by Mr. Ozorak who has also interviewed such people as Dave Kloke of Kloke Locomotive Works, who has built the #63 Leviathan, #17 York, and the Lincoln Funeral Car, Jason Sobczynski of the Reading Locomotive #2100 Restoration, and others like Steve Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer for the Milwaukee #261. Again, thank you Mr. Ozorak for having me on your Podcast, it was a pleasure.


Here is our New History Video on McKeen Motor Car “Cuyamaca!”

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April 20, 2016 by Madison Kirkman

As promised, here is a video giving a near complete history of the car, about as complete as 7 minutes can allow. I would like to thank Ryan Blake, of SPFilms4449 on YouTube for having made this video complete. This video was already planned to be in the works, but this video had to be finished here shortly for the American History Film Project Exhibition, being held this year in Washington D.C. and will be played on live TV, and will include a Skype call, with yours truly, Madison Kirkman. I don’t know if I will be able to share the interview that is published on TV, but here is the video that will be shown at the Exhibition.


We Are Working on a New Video, here is our last one…

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April 11, 2016 by Madison Kirkman


The Cuyamaca is Safe in San Diego for the first time in 102 years.

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April 5, 2016 by Madison Kirkman

The “Cuyamaca” arrived in Ramona safe and sound Sunday, March 20th all the way from Anchorage, Alaska. That’s quiet a feat as it is. We’d like to thank everyone who has donated to the cause for their help, we couldn’t have gotten this far without your help. We are just starting the project however, and we are going to need money for Phase 2, the documentation, stabilization, and research stage. This should take no longer than 6 months and in that time, we may start pulling apart the car to preserve what’s left of the body panels. We will take measurements of the body as it sits, and then the first addition to the new frame work, the new Knife-Edge nose and to replace the beam that outlines the frame. It has taken a beating from the weather of Alaska and needs to replaced. The nose will be rebuilt in place, while the rear end of the car is reworked using the original material. This will require a major amount of work. This is the first step in rebuilding the car, and we need your help to complete. The cost will be in replicating the missing framework, so we can use your help in the form of donations or time to rebuild the car from the ground up. Thank you for your help. – Madison Kirkman


Interior High Res of the “Cuyamaca”

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March 27, 2016 by Madison Kirkman


Interior of McKeen Car Cuyamaca