Trains Magazine introduces new 'Trains Preservation Campaign' program

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WAUKESHA, Wis. — After contributing nearly a quarter of a million dollars to historic railway projects across the nation in the past 20 years, Trains Magazine is proud to announce its new Trains Preservation Campaign program for 2021. The editors of Trains will select a railroad preservation project and act as champions for that cause in an effort to assist the organization to generate support through print and digital media coverage for a full year. 

"We took the new program out for a test ride in 2020, by supporting Western Maryland Scenic Railroad's Chesapeake & Ohio 2-6-6-2 No. 1309 program," says Editor Jim Wrinn. "Since the launch of the campaign in the March issue with a goal of raising $100,000 in support, readers and foundations have donated more than $130,000.” The drive is continuing at with a new goal of $200,000.

“We have seen success by offering our leadership to a specific project that exceeds what Trains can contribute financially,” Wrinn says. “We can raise more money for a project by shining a light on a need and keeping the light there. We have a new model that works and one that will do more to get the job done.”

The Trains Preservation Award has paid to catalog archives, rebuild passenger cars, save the historic Chama, N.M., coaling tower, and bring steam and diesel locomotives back to life.

The Preservation Campaign selection period will follow the successful conclusion of the Steam the Last Baldwin campaign, expected to conclude this fall. Details will be announced on Trains News Wire and in the magazine

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