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.

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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

 

 

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!

Bring Back 757 – June Update

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The 757 is almost ready to come home! Here’s what’s been accomplished so far thanks to your donations:

MOVEMENT PREPARATIONS
• 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.

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FUNDRAISING
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!