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:

• 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!

Help us reach our 2017 Fundraising Goal

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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.


November Update

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On November 15th & 16th, a work session was held at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania on Nickel Plate Road steam locomotive #757 to prepare the locomotive for movement to the Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum in Bellevue, Ohio.

Zach Hall and Rick Rowlands discuss the work being performed and various photographs are included of the work session. The Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum is embarking on a monumental campaign to bring Nickel Plate Road steam locomotive #757 to our museum site in Bellevue, Ohio.