For our supporters in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, we now participate in Fred Meyer's Community Rewards Program. You can help provide financial support to the Engine 557 restoration at no cost to you. See the flyer for details. Click here for the link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Engine 557 Restoration Company.
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 restoration and overhaul for operation of ex-Alaska Railroad steam locomotive #557 was begun in August, 2012, and steam tests are projected to be done in 2020. $850,000 in monetary grants and individual contributions and $500,000 in in-kind contributions have been received and volunteers have invested more than 50,000 hours in returning Engine 557 to operation. Approximately $275,000 remains to be raised to complete the restoration. Your support is important and appreciated!
- It’s easier than ever to donate. Donations
by credit card and check are now accepted!
- Engine 557 Restoration Company is a IRS 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
- 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
locomotive pins, patches,
- "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 $500,000. 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
- And finally, THANKS TO OUR VOLUNTEERS. To date,
they have donated over 50,000 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.”