Fundraiser for NKP SD9 reaches half way mark

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NKP358
Donations will be matched through Dec. 31 up to $5,358 for NKP SD9 No. 358.
FWRHS
NEW HAVEN, Ind. — Online contributors have donated half of the match that will go toward the restoration of a Nickel Plate Road SD9 in the collection of the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society.

That means more than $2,500 has been donated toward Project 358, the restoration of a 1950s-era diesel that will return the engine to its as-built appearance. An anonymous donor is matching gifts up to $5,358 made through Dec. 31. This matching donation comes after the society was awarded a $3,000 grant from the Nickel Plate Historical and Technical Society in October. If fully matched, donations would amount to $13,000, putting completion of the project within reach of its remaining $18,000 budget. Various electric work, painting and fabrication work is needed before the engine is restored.

Donations can be made online at fwhrs.org/donate or via mail at Project 358, PO Box 11017, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 46855.

Constructed by the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors, the SD9 was one of the most modern locomotives of its time and helped replace outdated steam locomotive technology in the late 1950s. It was last operated by Norfolk Southern in the late 2000s and was donated to the FWRHS in 2010.

Project 358 has also been supported by grants and donations from Steel Dynamics, Inc., the Nickel Plate Historical & Technical Society, Inc., Norfolk Southern, and Progress Rail, Inc.
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