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Sponsor a flue or tube! 149 new boiler tubes and 30 new flues will be installed as the final step in overhauling the boiler. Put your name on one or put your name on several and help bring #557 back to life!


Alaska Railroad Locomotive #557 returned home in 2012 and her restoration is “on track.” As good as we are at avoiding expenses and at squeezing every penny until it screams, the most complex rail restoration project done in Alaska is an expensive undertaking.

The actual dollar $1,200,000 restoration budget is approximately half of what it would be were it not for generous in-kind donations and volunteer labor. A $350,000 matching grant from the Rasmuson Foundation jump-started the fund raising and has now been fully met. $760,000 of the restoration cost has been contributed by foundations, businesses, and individuals, leaving another $440,000 needed. Your support is important and appreciated!

Anchorage's Atwood Foundation has awarded the Engine 557 Restoration Company a total of $55,000 in grants to assist with the purchase of parts, supplies, and contracted services to assist with 557's restoration. Thank you Atwood Foundation!

The Matanuska Electric Association Charitable Foundation has awarded $20,000 in grants from their "Operation Round-Up" program to be used for the restoration of ARR 557. MEA, with a service area covering the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and Eagle River area of Anchorage asks its members to round up their electric bills to the next higher dollar and disburses the member contributions through the Foundation to charities in their service area. Thank you to MEA, the Foundation, and to MEA members who participate in "Operation round-Up.


 
  • It’s easier than ever to donate. Donations by credit card and check are now accepted!

  • Engine 557 Restoration Company receives IRS 501(c)(3). Tax deductible donations may now be made directly to the Engine 557 Restoration Company. Thanks go to the Alaska Community Foundation for serving as our “fiscal sponsor” for our first 30 months of operation.

  • We are pleased to announce that Anchorage's Atwood Foundation has awarded the Engine 557 Restoration Company a $5,000 grant to assist with the purchase of parts, supplies, and contracted services to assist with 557's restoration. This follows two previous grants from the Foundation. Thank you Atwood Foundation!
     
  • End-of-2014 fund raiser a resounding success. Thank you to everyone who participated in the December, 2014, $5,000 matching challenge. All expectations were surpassed when over 60 contributors gave $15,000. Including all matching donations, $40,000 was made available to the restoration.
     
  • Engine 557 Restoration Company retires $350,000 Rasmuson Foundation matching grant. In January, 2015, total donations for the Engine 557 restoration reached $350,000, permitting the release of the remaining funds from the $350,000 Rasmuson Foundation matching grant. Putting us over the top were those who generously supported Engine 557 during the end-of-2014 fund raiser.

  • Purchase No. 557 merchandise. All the profit from 557 merchandise purchased in the Alaska Railroad Gift Shop is donated to the restoration of Engine 557. Available now are 557 pins, 557 locomotive pins, patches, and baseball hats.
     
  • "Extra 557 Returning prints." The Engine 557 Restoration Company commissioned well-known artist J. Craig Thorpe to produce a painting portraying 557 as an Extra rounding the bend at M.P 68, while pulling an excursion train in 1950. Signed, numbered, limited edition prints and unnumbered giclee prints on canvas are available. All profits go towards 557’s restoration.
     
  • Tell your friends about the restoration. Print this flyer and share it with your friends.
     
  • Support our in-kind sponsors. As of February, 2016, over 50 businesses have provided donated goods and services valued in excess of $700,000. Without their support, the final cost for the restoration would be nearly doubled. See the list of in-kind sponsors and give them your support.
     
  • Thanks to the foundations, firms, and individuals which have provided major support. Not all of them want to be recognized, but here is a list of major donors who will allow us to thank them publicly.
     
  • And finally, THANKS TO OUR VOLUNTEERS. To date, they have donated over 20,000 hours of their time, many of them in the afternoon and on weekends and holidays. They do the dirty, hard work of overhauling a steam locomotive week after week with the only reward being self-satisfaction and a meal of “hobo stew.”

 

For more information contact us at sewtrain557@gmail.com

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