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 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 $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 publicly.
  • 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.”


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