Friday, August 03, 2018

The Nickel Plate Road (2-8-4 Berkshire) 757, in Pennsylvania, is halfway to it's financial goal necessary to cosmetically restore it and move it to bellevue Ohio, to the Mad River & NKP Train Museum (thanks Marc!)


It was built by the Lima Locomotive Works in 1944 and was last operated on June 15, 1958. As steam locomotives were retired on the Nickel Plate, several were saved by the railroad as monuments to the towns along the line and donated accordingly. 757 was saved for Bellevue, Ohio, Nickel Plate's largest classification terminal. Unfortunately, at that time, Bellevue did not have a railroad museum and the city was unable to provide and fund a display site.

the RRMPA and the Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission has agreed that 757 does not have as strong a connection to Pennsylvania's railroading history as some of their other locomotives and railroad cars, which also require considerable attention. They have made the difficult decision to deaccession 757 from their collection, with the intention of transferring the locomotive to an organization that has a better connection to the locomotive's history and is willing and able to immediately restore it.

They've raised about 120k, and have about 130k left and someone has let them know that any donations in the month of Aug 2018 will be anonymously matched.

The Mad River and NKP Railroad Museum is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization

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