continued “It has always worked but it was in a degraded state when the museum came in to help,” Napolitan said. “Not all the components would work in unison as it should be.”
Napolitan said the partnership has been a win-win to keeping the iconic sculpture in working order.
“The Gizmo has been at the mall since it opened, it is definitely something people who remember watching it as kids are bringing their kids to see,” Napolitan said.
LaFountain said the partnership has been made possible by the work of Anthony Vaccaro and Dick Jenkins, two mechanical engineers with the CVTM. LaFountain said Kaman International Technologies and Jeffords Steel of Plattsburgh have donated many of the parts needed for the Gizmo.
The “Gizmo,” was adopted by the CVTM last year. In the coming months, LaFountain said the CVTM will begin the process of repairing and restoring the entertaining machine and hope to generate an increased awareness.
Currently the museum is seeking the donation of used balls, similar to billiard balls, to roll through the Gizmo’s many twists and turns and tunnels.
“They are similar to billiard balls. If you have any you would like to donate to the Gizmo revitalization, please let us know,” LaFountain said.
Anyone interested in contributing to the “Gizmo” restoration can drop off contributions at Champlain Centre Mall in the museum donation box located next to the “Gizmo” or by mail to the Champlain Valley Transportation Museum at 12 Museum Way, Plattsburgh, NY, 12903.
For more information visit cvtmuseum.org or contact the museum at 566-7575 or champlaincentre.com. Follow the “Gizmo” project by liking Champlain Centre’s Facebook page.