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.
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