Fairmont S2-F Motorcar Restoration for the Rosenberg Railroad Museum, Rosenberg, Texas

After a nearly two year frame up restoration effort this Fairmont S-2 motorcar is just about ready for startup.  We really have no idea when the last time this motorcar was operational. Our best guess is that it has been 30 or more years since the car last ran.  What is even more amazing to me is the engine started on the first pull!

I was able to video the startup and you may watch the video by clicking here.

This Fairmont Motorcar S2-F, serial number 176001, was built in December, 1945 for the Texas City Terminal Railway.
It is unclear when the car was retired from active railroad service or exactly how The George Ranch came to own the car.
In 1993, The George Foundation auctioned off the car, and the purchaser intended to donate it to the then young Rosenberg Railroad Museum.
The motorcar did not make the move to the museum until 2003, where it has been on display since that time.  In October 2007 the car was moved to a volunteer restoration shop in North Texas and has been undergoing repairs and renovation since that time.  The car should be complete and operational by spring 2009.

This website is to chronicle the restoration of this motorcar to operational condition.

 Initial Condition / Pre-Restoration

 Dissassembly - 1

 Dissassembly - 2


 Frame Reassembly