Curators of the 5550

The T1 Trust's Advisory Board, the Curators of the 5550. Providing advice and guidance to the non-profit T1 Trust, the Curators of the 5550 develop strategies to raise funds toward the construction of 5550, assist with marketing, promotional and educational activities associated with 5550 and The Pennsylvania Railroad T1 Steam Locomotive Trust, Inc.

The Curators of the 5550 are:

  • Gary Bensman, a veteran steam locomotive rebuilder and preservationist. Bensman has overseen the restoration of more than 60 locomotives and serves on the Trust’s engineering committee.
  • Wes Camp is the Trust's chief operations officer. A retired Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Master Mechanic, Camp was vice president and chief mechanical officer with Ross Rowland’s High Iron Co. and chief mechanical officer of the American Freedom Train.
  • Dave Griner worked for Hartford Steam Boiler & Inspection Co., and has been involved in projects for the Strasburg Rail Road, Union Pacific, Virginia & Truckee, and the Durango & Silverton. Griner helped draft the current steam locomotive code, and his role at the T1 Trust involves project management, boiler design, and code compliance.
  • Martin E. Hansen, general counsel to the T1 Trust has been practicing law for nearly 40 years. During that time he has organized the purchase and sale of over 45 steam locomotives, as well as entire railroads. Hansen also has experience operating and restoring steam locomotives.
  • Doyle McCormack is best known for his work restoring and operating the Southern Pacific Daylight #4449. McCormack brings over 40 years of railroad preservation experience to the T1 Trust.
  • (In Memoriam) William “Bill” Withuhn, Curator Emeritus of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. Withuhn wrote multiple articles about the PRR T1 and co-authored the current Federal Inspection and Repair Standards for Steam Locomotives. He helped the T1 Trust with fundraising and marketing prior to his passing on June 29, 2017.
  • Jim Wrinn is the editor of Trains Magazine and the author of several railroad books. Wrinn serves the T1 Trust as a liaison to the professional railroading community and as a key fundraising resource.
  • Wayne York brings his experience as the only still active founding member of the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society, the keepers of Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765. York serves the T1 Trust as a strategic planning advisor and assists with the networking required for such a complex and specialized project.


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