The Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum (MR&NKP) is pleased to announce that we’ve received an official transfer of ownership for Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 steam locomotive #757 from the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania (RRMPA). On the afternoon of February 11th, 2019, the locomotive departed the RRMPA for its new home in Bellevue, Ohio where the locomotive will be cosmetically restored and placed on display as part of a new exhibit.
When 757 was officially retired from active service in 1960, it was offered to the City of Bellevue as a monument to the steam era railroaders of the area. Unfortunately, no railroad museum existed in Bellevue at that time. After 6 years of storage, the locomotive was donated to the RRMPA and shipped to Strasburg, PA in December of 1966. The MR&NKP and the RRMPA have worked together since mid-2017 to reunite the locomotive with the community the Nickel Plate Road intended it to call home. “The RRMPA has provided the locomotive a great home and saved this treasure from an uncertain fate”, says MR&NKP Vice President Dwayne Fuehring. “We’re grateful to this world-class organization for their cooperation and generosity throughout this process.”
The locomotive will make the 500 plus mile trip to Bellevue over the rail lines of the Strasburg Rail Road, Amtrak, and Norfolk Southern within the next few days. For safety reasons, the MR&NKP will not be publishing routing information for the move and due to railroad logistics is unable to provide any type of schedule. Progress reports of the journey may be published on the MR&NKP Facebook page at facebook.com/madrivernkpmuseum. It’s understood that excitement and interest in this project will bring many onlookers trackside to watch the 757 roll by, the MR&NKP would encourage that onlookers make safety their first priority, give yourself a safe distance from the tracks, assume every railroad track can be active at any time, and please do not trespass on railroad property.
The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania is home to a world-class collection of about 100 historic locomotives and railroad cars, a vast library and archives, a working restoration shop, an immersive education center and programs, a Museum store and special events and exhibits. A Smithsonian Affiliate, the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania is one of 24 historic sites and museums administered by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission as part of the Pennsylvania Trails of History®, with the active support of the nonprofit Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.
The Mad River & NKP Railroad Society, an all-volunteer non-profit organization operates the Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum in Bellevue, Ohio. The museum includes over 50 pieces of on-track railroad equipment, countless artifacts, 5 major buildings, and a train-viewing platform spread over 10 acres of property. It is the largest rail museum of its kind in the State of Ohio and is regarded as the largest steward of Nickel Plate Road equipment, artifacts, and memorabilia.