Spirit of Windsor Engine 5588 good as new

Since 2007, a team has been working to restore the the Spirit of Windsor Engine 5588.
Engine 5588 is in Windsor's Dieppe Gardens. (Canadian Transportation Museum)

The Spirit of Windsor looks almost as good as new.

Members of the Canadian Transportation Museum found Engine 5588 at the the CN rail yards in London in 1961.

The museum raised $3,500 to buy the engine and moved it to Windsor's Dieppe Gardens.

Since 2007, a team has been working to restore the railroad engine that's more then century old.

John Crozier is with the Windsor chapter of the Southern Ontario Locomotive Restoration Society.

"It's given me quite an appreciation for what our ancestors did with steel and that sort of thing, long before we had power tools and electricity widely available for this kind of work," Crozier said. "It's absolutely fascinating."

Some finishing touches will ensure the engine shines at night, too.

"What we're planning to do is have certain lights on the engine light up, along with the park lights at night. So that will be very low-wattage bulbs in the headlights, marker lights, the number boards, maybe in the cab," Crozier said.

"Basically it just gives it a little more interest in the night."

Crozier says the project is two weeks away from completion.