75th “Berkday” Party”

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Join the Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum in celebrating the 75th birthday of Nickel Plate Road No. 757 on August 17, 2019 at 3:30PM & 6:00PM. All festivities will be held at the Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum 253 Southwest St, Bellevue, Ohio 44811.

Our party will begin in the Freight House where a program explaining the history of the 757, how it came back to Bellevue recently, and how the Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum plans to display and use the locomotive in the future. Then step into our dining car to enjoy a BBQ Buffet and Birthday Cake. Next, you’ll be free to explore the locomotive while museum volunteers are available for Q&A. For the first time ever, guests will have access to the inside of the locomotive cab.

Enjoy these activities and events while you’re there!

• Interactive Presentation on the BRING BACK 757 Campaign.
• For the First Time Special Public Access to the Cab of the 757.
• 757 Merchandise For Sale.
• Barbeque Buffet Provided by Bone Boys BBQ.
• Enjoy Your Meal in our 1927 Nickel Plate Road Dining Car.
• Birthday Cake.
• Admission $75, Space is Limited.

BUY YOUR TICKET

Here’s our menu for the celebration!
Burnt ends, pulled pork, brisket, St. Louis Ribs, cheesy potatoes, corn on the cob, baked beans, broccoli salad, coleslaw, corn bread.

Call or stop by the museum during regular business hours, (419)-483-2222. Or call our dedicated reservation line at (567)-228-9866. You can also buy tickets online.

Space is limited. This event will happen rain or shine. No refunds will be awarded unless event is cancelled by the Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum due to unforeseen circumstances. Advanced admission sales are required to attend, no admissions will be sold at the door. Due to the historic nature of the railroad equipment involved, this event is not handicap accessible. This event is a fundraiser for the Bring Back 757 Campaign, all proceeds from this event will be used by the Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum for the restoration and display of locomotive 757.

757 is Home – So Now What?

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We’re pleased to announce that on February 14, 2019, Nickel Plate Road steam locomotive no. 757 completed its journey from Strasburg, Pennsylvania and was spotted at the Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum at 3:30PM. The journey began just before 8AM on February 11th and with the help of the Strasburg Rail Road and Norfolk Southern Corporation, no safety or mechanical issues occurred during the 550-mile trip.

With the relocation phase of the project complete, we now look ahead to the restoration and display of the locomotive. The 757 has been placed on #1 track in our Coach Yard facing Southwest St., for the short term that’s where it will remain. With all the support we’ve received in the last 18 months to bring the locomotive home, it’s important to us that it’s accessible for all to enjoy this season.

Our primary focus will be centered on preparing the museum for opening day on May 4th, 2019, little if any work will be preformed on the locomotive during the next few months. As spring arrives and weather conditions improve, preservation and aesthetic work of the locomotive will commence.

Over the last several years, it has become obvious that our museum facilities on the North side of Norfolk Southern’s Toledo District mainline have peeked, and future expansion is no longer possible. For this reason, future expansion (including display of 757) will be concentrated on the South side or “Coach Yard” of the museum grounds. We are in the planning stages of a new restoration facility located on the former Bellevue Farmers Co-op parcel that we now have ownership of. This facility would allow us to do the heavy restoration work on 757 indoors.

It has always been our intention to have a protective structure to display the 757 in, future plans call for this to be erected in the Coach Yard as well. We want the flexibility of displaying the locomotive under roof, but also having the ability to move it out in the open for special events.

After successfully reaching our first fundraising goal for the mechancial work on and transportation of 757, we now have $90,000 of fund-raising goal left to go for cosmetic restoration and the construction of a display site. All future contributions to the Bring Back 757 campaign will be directed towards the restoration and the display structure of the 757.

DONATE ONLINE

We’ve made tremendous progress and already accomplished something many thought was impossible, with this last stretch of fundraising to go, we can restore and preserve the 757 for years to come.

Donations can be made at the museum, online at bringback757.org/donate or by mail at:

Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum
Bring Back 757
233 York Street
Bellevue, Ohio, 44811

 

 

757 is coming home

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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.

Bring Back 757 February 2019 Update

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The last quarter of 2018 was a quiet one for the Bring Back 757 effort, but 2019 is starting out strong.

To date we have raised over $157,000 of our $250,000 goal!  Movement costs are financed and movement logics with the host railroads are being arranged at this time.

In January, our Nickel Plate Road caboose #783 was moved to Strasburg to serve as a rider and tool car for the move home. As soon as Norfolk Southern is ready to make the move, we will be ready, and we believe that to be very soon.

No movement date is scheduled, but we’re hopeful to have the 757 at our museum for opening day on May 4, 2019. From here forward, all contributions will be directed towards the restoration and display of this iconic locomotive.

With this update we’ve included some beautiful photos of caboose 783 on the Strasburg Railroad and at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania from Christopher Pollock, Enjoy!