In November 2021 our friend and handcar collector Rich Harner of Liberty, Missouri unexpectedly passed away suddenly. Rich had traveled the midwest in search of handcars and documents. Rich left instructions some years earlier that his collection of research documents and machines would be left to Mason with the expectation they would be preserved.
Sadly before we could pickup the collection, a portion of the holdings were destroyed by fire. We acquired a pump car, two velocipedes, rail bicycle, dozens of wheels, and boxes of documents at various Missouri locations and transported them home to Santa Clarita. It will take some time before we can restore items from the collection to display at our station in Marina.