Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum News
Power of the Railroad Transcends Generations (2/15)
The power of the railroad transcends generations and the journey of Nickel Plate Road no. 757 is the perfect example. In 1981, Mad River's President Bill Fuehring made the first of several overtures to bring the 757 back to Bellevue. 38 years later - and 13 years after Bill passed away - his son Dwayne successfully realized his father's dream this week after years of negotiations and hard work. Bill was one of Mad River's founding members and thanks to the effort of Dwayne and countless others, his spirit lives on and the 757 has finally come home.
The 757 is Home! (2/14)
Update! The 757 is now at the Museum! Dale Owens took a video of the engine being moved into the coach yard. Click here to view. Welcome Back 757!
Now that she's home help us get her looking good as new at https://bringback757.org/donate/.
We are excited to announce that NKP 757 has returned home to Bellevue Ohio. Arrival at Moorman Yard was very early this morning and the crews traveling with the move got some overdue rest.
The next big question is when will it be at the Museum. Today sometime mid-afternoon Norfolk Southern will be placing the 757 into the Mad River and NKP Railroad Museum Coach Yard. There is no definite time set for this move. We ask that for everyone's safety for both fans and crew, plus for the best viewing opportunity anyone wishing to see this move please gather at the Kemper Rail Park on Monroe Street.
The entire process of bringing the locomotive to Bellevue has been a smooth and efficient process and we wish to see it delivered in a safe manner. Thank you for your cooperation and support of this project!
We Get By With a Little Help From Our "Friends" (2/9)
Today, representatives of the Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum had the honor of presenting a $5,000 donation from our general fund to the Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania (FRM). During our time spent preparing the 757 for movement, the staff and volunteers of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania have made the experience one that we're all grateful to have taken part in. Their cooperation during the process, lending a helping hand now and then, and using some of their tools on site has been a great benefit to us in the endeavor of bringing Nickel Plate Road 757 back to our museum in Bellevue. The FRM nonprofit membership organization has supported the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in many ways since 1983, including fundraising, advocacy, programming, marketing and volunteer and paid staff work, ranging from technology services to restoration of rolling stock, education and visitor services. Literally millions of dollars have been facilitated by the FRM for the growth and development of the world-class Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.
Pictured from left to right:
Allan Martin, RRMPA Museum Curator
757 Replica Builders Plates For Sale
With the help of Wayne York and Leroy Locomotive Works, we now have these beautiful aluminum builders plates available for sale. These are patterned from the original Lima design with the builders number and date of the 757. The price is $150, and all proceeds go towards bringing back 757. These are available in our gift shop and online at https://bringback757.org/online-store/. Check out other items we have available as well!
Bring Back 757 Donors
Please check out our online donor board. It will be updated monthly.
If you support our project and haven't contributed yet, we'd love to put your name on the donor board as well. Also, your donation is tax deductible and tax season is right around the corner.
Bring Back 757
The Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum (MR&NKP) is pleased to announce the creation of an agreement with the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania (RRMPA) that would allow Nickel Plate Road Steam Locomotive #757 to return to Bellevue, Ohio. Plans are now underway to relocate the locomotive from Strasburg, PA, to the museum site in Bellevue for static display.
We are very excited to be able to bring the 757 back to Bellevue. The absence of a mainline steam locomotive in our collection has been something we have wanted to correct for a long time. To have the chance to return the 757 to Bellevue is an incredible victory for our organization," said museum President Chris Beamer.
The locomotive is a Berkshire type (2-8-4 wheel arrangement), the staple design that was made famous by the Nickel Plate Road (NKP). 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. After being stored at Bellevue for several years, the railroad donated the locomotive to the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in 1966.
Ten years after Bellevue lost its steam locomotive, the Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum was founded. Since then, the MR&NKP has grown to encompass 50 pieces of equipment, 10 acres of property, five buildings, countless artifacts, and a rail viewing platform. The MR&NKP is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that is operated and maintained by volunteers with no government assistance. Admission to the museum, fund raising events, and donations are the museum's primary sources of income. The MR&NKP has the most extensive collection of NKP equipment and artifacts of any museum, however owning an actual NKP steam locomotive has eluded the museum since its inception.
In early 2017, the MR&NKP and the RRMPA entered into negotiations to bring 757 back home. Within the past few months, 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.
The MR&NKP will begin movement preparations as funds permit and will be granted ownership of the locomotive after its removal from the RRMPA site. "The people of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania have been great to work with on this project and toward the common goal of preserving our country's railroad heritage," Beamer added.
This is a rare opportunity and may not be available again. The MR&NKP estimates the relocation, restoration, and preparation of a special exhibit site will cost $250,000. The Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum needs your help to bring this iconic locomotive back home to Bellevue. Please visit www.bringback757.org for more information and/or to donate.
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FOR SALE: History of the Mad River & Lake Erie Railroad
STRAP RAIL INTO THE WOODS. MAD RIVER AND LAKE ERIE RAILROAD, "OLD LINE," between Sandusky, Ohio and Tiffin, Ohio via Bellevue. 1825-1860. By C.W.Wise. Illustrated.
Available from Mad River and NKP RR Society. 233 York St. Bellevue, Ohio 44811 or call Ruth at 419-483-6235. Price. $20 plus $4 shipping and handling. Also available in the MR & NKP RR Bellevue Museum gift shop. Drop by and save the shipping cost while enjoying the museum.
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