The 757 is almost ready to come home! Here’s what’s been accomplished so far thanks to your donations:
• Brake system servicing and testing – DONE
• Cleaning, inspection, and repacking of plain bearings – DONE
• Inspection and lubrication of all roller bearings – DONE
• Installation and lubrication of all side rods – DONE
As of this writing, we need to secure the loose jacketing, letter the locomotive, install a cab seat, install umler tags, and secure a few handrails. This work will be accomplished shortly after Memorial Day and test runs will follow on the Strasburg Railroad.
We just passed the $100,000 threshold, and that’s a huge accomplishment for 10 months worth of fundraising. Our next goal is to reach $125,000 in order to pay for the move of 757 from Strasburg, Pennslyvania to Bellevue, Ohio.
A great deal of our financial support has come directly from our membership; I’d like to thank each and every one of you for keeping this project moving forward. This will go down in history as our largest acquisition and restoration project and we’ll need continued support moving forward to bring her home!
For the past two days a small team was in Strasburg, Pennsylvania working on the 757 and getting it ready for movement to Bellevue Ohio. Here’s a progress video from Rick Rowlands on the latest work being preformed. Thank you to all the donors for making this possible.
Since August, the Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum has raised over $70,000 to BRING BACK 757 and now has a goal of raising $100,000 before the end of 2017.
“If we reach this milestone, we’ll be on track to ship 757 back to Bellevue earlier than anticipated in 2018,” explained Dwayne Fuhering, the project manager behind BRING BACK 757. “Our local community and the railroad community has been incredibly supportive, so we’re hoping their continued generosity will help us reach our year-end goal.”
All donations are tax-deductible and can be made online or by mail at Bring Back 757 233 York St. Bellevue, Ohio, 44811.
The overall fundraising goal is $250,000, with $150,000 needed for the relocation of 757. If $150,000 is raised by Spring of 2018, the 757 could return to Bellevue as early as the summer. Over the last several months, Mad River’s team of volunteers and contractors have made numerous trips to Strasburg, Pennsylvania to prepare the locomotive for shipment. This effort has seen the locomotive’s running gear, drivers, brakes and numerous other components removed, cleaned serviced and restored.
The remaining funds raised when the locomotive returns to Bellevue will include $50,000 for a cosmetic restoration and $50,000 for a new display structure.
In the last 10 weeks since the Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum began our campaign to Bring Back 757, we have had extraordinary results! We’ve been able to purchase needed supplies and begin movement preparations on the locomotive.
We have over 200 donors from all over the map that have contributed over $63,000!
Here’s where our donations have come from so far: Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, West Virginia, Indiana, Illinois, Nevada, New York, Texas, Missouri, Georgia, Washington, D.C., United Kingdom.
This showing of support shows that many folks out there want to see the 757 brought home and preserved in the community as the Nickel Plate Road intended. The Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum wishes to thank each and every one of our generous donors for allowing us to proceed with this project.
Donations are tax deductible and are primarily excepted 3 ways. We are capable of excepting donations online through the project website www.bringback757.org/donate , you can come to the museum during regular business hours and donate in person or by mail:
Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum
Bring Back 757
233 York St.
Thank you for your support!
Vice President, Mad River & NKP Railroad Society/Museum
Bring Back 757 Project Manager