SUMMER MATCH WILL DOUBLE DONATIONS UP TO $10,000
The Mad River and NKP Railroad Museum is fast approaching a major milestone in the effort to BRING BACK 757 and is excited to announce two new incentives for donors.
Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, every donation made between July 1st and August 31st to BRING BACK 757 will be doubled up to $10,000!
In addition to the match, every donation of $10.00 or more will give supporters a chance to win a reproduction number board or builders plate – both of which will be installed on the locomotive for its journey to Bellevue. These four prizes (two number boards and two builders plates) will be raffled off this September.
The items will be removed and shipped to the lucky winners* once the locomotive returns to Bellevue (date to be determined.)
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 is an incredible effort to relocate historic Nickel Plate Road steam locomotive no. 757 to Bellevue, Ohio from Strasburg, Pennsylvania and cosmetically restore and preserve the engine for generations to come.
Mad River has successfully raised over $100,000 since the project was first announced in 2017, with an initial goal of raising $150,000 for the relocation of the engine and an additional $100,000 for a cosmetic restoration and construction of a display site.
Mad River’s volunteers and contractors have held regular work sessions at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, performing light maintenance and repair work in order to facilitate the engine’s trip home. Recently, the 757 underwent a recent 6-mile test move over the Strasburg Rail Road. The engine will be towed by Norfolk Southern to Bellevue at a future date.
The Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, all contributions are tax deductible if applicable. All donors will receive a donation receipt if the donor’s information is provided. Donors will be added to our donor board which will be displayed with the locomotive after restoration is complete, an online donor board is updated monthly at www.bringback757.org/donors. All contribution amounts are confidential unless specified otherwise by the donor. The Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum does not share your information with any other person, company, or organization.
*Directors and Officers of the Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum are not eligible for this raffle, multiple entries can be made but each donor will only be eligible for one prize. Corporate donations are not eligible.
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.