Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum News
Museum Closed for 2020 Season - Special Events Still Planned
It is with deep regret to announce that the 2020 regular season at the Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum has been canceled. Museum officials have carefully examined the regulations and protocols set forth by the Ohio Department of Health. Given the historic nature of our venue and the amount of property involved, the daily challenge for museum volunteers to comply with these regulations is nearly impossible.
"The safety of the public and our volunteers is our top priority, in our 44-year history we have never closed for an entire season but given the circumstances, we feel it is the responsible decision to make," said MR&NKP President Chris Beamer.
The museum is still planning on hosting some special fundraising events in 2020. These events will be easier to manage than opening daily. Museum staff can concentrate on sanitizing for a one-day event and access to the grounds can be limited. These events include:
Not opening to the public for the summer season brings great hardship to the museum. It will not be generating income from admissions and gift shop sales. Income earned from donation boxes will also be lost. These sources represent a significant portion of our annual income. The museum is watching its expenditures very carefully, but utilities, insurance, and general maintenance expenses still need to be paid. During this time, volunteers will continue to maintain the museum. If funding allows, improvements will be made as well.
The museum is asking for support by becoming a member (http://www.madrivermuseum.org/member.html) or by making a donation by mail. The museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization and donations are tax-deductible.
757 Moved to Restoration Building
Since February 14, 2019, we have enjoyed having the 757 outside for everyone to cherish and many people have come to see her. This weekend the 757 was moved inside to our new Mary Cooper restoration building. The process of stabilization and restoration will begin. In time an outdoor display structure will be built so guests can once again enjoy seeing the locomotive everyday we're open while keeping her protected from the elements. This is bittersweet for us because we know many of you want access to the 757. After spending the past 75 years outside the locomotive will need some attention to preserve it for the future. We will be looking ahead to provide access during special events so that the public can still enjoy the 757 while in this restoration phase that could last a few years. We are fortunate that the locomotive will remain on live rail (unlike many of our displays) and we'll have the ability to move it anywhere within our coach yard anytime an event requires its participation.
Please stay tuned.
Doyle McCormack Coming to the Museum September 19
The Legends of Steam event has been postponed and is scheduled to take place on September 19. For more information, please visit our Special Events page here.
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