Save the 800!
Fundraising for the preservation of TP&W 800, an Alco C424.
Morristown & Erie Railway 18, a fully-operational Alco Century 424, has a deep Illinois connection, having been built in September, 1964 for the Toledo, Peoria & Western as its number 800. Both the 800 and her sister, 801, served the "Tip-Up" admirably hauling time freights across the Illinois prairie until they were sold to the M&E in 1983 and moved to New Jersey for continued service.
Even though she is still operational, the M&E 18/TP&W 800 is scheduled to be retired in favor of newer power no later than THIS October (2017) and a metal recycler has already placed a bid on her with the intent to scrap her.
If IRM is to save this COMPLETE, OPERATING piece of Illinois railroad history and bring her home to the Prairie State, we need to act...and quickly! It will take $50,000 to outbid the scrapper, plus an estimated $7,500 in transportation costs and $6,000 to pay for "track space", which provides for the construction of new track at IRM for her to sit on. Allowing for incidental costs, we need to raise $65,000 in the next six months to insure the 800's future at IRM!
Bringing the 800 to IRM would not only reunite it with a locomotive it ran with in service on the TP&W (RS11 400), it would also be the very first Alco Century-series locomotive in the Museum's extensive diesel locomotive collection! Between Alco and its Canadian subsidiary Montreal Locomotive Works (MLW), there were 190 C424's built between 1963 and 1967. The model number, 424, denotes a four-axle locomotive powered by an Alco 16-cylinder 251B engine generating 2,400 horsepower.
Time is of the essence! Won't you help us bring the 800 home to Illinois? Imagine her again rolling trains across the Illinois prairie on the Museum's demonstration railroad...With your help we won't have to imagine!!
While donations of any amount are gratefully accepted, we have established several tiered levels of giving that will be recognized with special gifts:
Donations of $100 or more
Donations of $250 or more
"Century 424 Club" ($424 or more)
$800 for the 800
HOW TO DONATE:
You can also contribute by sending your check to us via the U.S Postal Service. Make the check payable to Illinois Railway Museum and be sure to write "Save the 800" on the memo line to insure it is properly credited. Send your check to:
Illinois Railway Museum
The Illinois Railway Museum is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
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