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.