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Bring Back 757

Whistle Donated for the 757 (10/2)

We're excited to share that a supporter has donated the whistle from Nickel Plate Road steam locomotive no. 760! The whistle will be mounted on the 757 as part of its cosmetic restoration and can be heard on the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society's trips this weekend! Watch, listen at the link below, and support our project here

Raffle Winners Announced (9/8)

This morning (9/8/2018) we drew the lucky winners for the builder's plate and number board drawing. They are as follows:

Engineer's side builder's plate - James Peters of Republic, Ohio
Fireman's side builder's plate - Brandon Hart of Bucyrus, Ohio
Engineer's side number board - Paul Limmer of Waterford, Michigan
Fireman's side number board - Barbara Baker of Clyde, Ohio.

These prizes will be delivered to the winners shortly after the locomotive arrives in Bellevue. THANK YOU to all the donors that participated. In total, $11,220 worth of donations qualified for the giveaway.


Car Show and 757 Update (9/2)

We'd like to thank everyone that visited us Saturday for another successful Car & Truck Show at the museum. 185 vehicles registered and the grounds were packed.

As with every year, Labor Day signifies the end of our daily schedule at the museum, during the months of September and October, we'll only be open on the weekends (exception Labor Day Monday).

In regards to the BRING BACK 757 Summer Match and Raffle, the lucky winners of the raffle will be drawn Saturday, September 8th. Since this promotion began, we've raised $29,859 (including the $10,000 match)! Of that total, $11,220 worth of donations qualify for the builder's plate and number board raffle (1,120 entries). Good luck to all the participants and THANK YOU for donating!

Our grand total raised for the BRING BACK 757 campaign is $135,583! Planning logistics and arrangements are ongoing, an exact movement date is still unknown.

Dome Car Restoration Update (8/28)

We are still slowly pecking away at the Dome Car restoration a few hours at a time. Still removing screws from the window frames so we can replace the glass. There are about 40 screws per window, many of which are not coming out gracefully. The rubber seal material is in and needs to be cut to length.

Also cleaning the steel frames to put a coat of rust resistant paint. If anybody wants to help that would be great. No special skills required - Just perseverance!

If you are coming to the Car Show this weekend we will be glad to give you a tour! Bring your own wire brush!

Dome Car
Dome Car


757 Replica Builders Plates Now Available!

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 Check out other items we have available as well!



MIller's 757 Flurry is Back

The 757 Flurry is on the menu at Miller's Drive-In for the rest of the season! $1 from every flurry purchase goes towards Bringing Back 757.



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 for more information and/or to donate.

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Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum
233 York St.
Bellevue, OH 44811
Media Contact: VP Dwayne Fuehring
(419) 483-2222



Bring Back 757 Podcast

Want to learn more about the BRING BACK 757 campaign?

Vice President Dwayne Fuehring was a guest on The Roundhouse Podcast and discussed the effort with host Nick Ozorak. Listen to the podcast at

Museum YouTube Channel!

The Museum now has a YouTube channel at Check out our videos including the latest 757 work sessions.


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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