Challenge Grant Made for NKP Loco Restoration Fund

A donation of up to $5,358 will enable the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society to take a major step forward in its restoration of Nickel Plate Road SD9 No. 358.

The society said the restoration is nearly complete, but more funding is needed.

The recent donation was made by a person who wishes to remain anonymous and was intended to be a challenge grant.

Every donation made toward restoring the 353 will be matched dollar for dollar through Dec. 31.

More information is available at

No. 358 was built by EMD in the late 1950s. It was last operated by Norfolk Southern into the 2000s and donated to the FtWRHS in 2010.

The restoration is part of the group’s Project 358 that is restoring the unit to its as-built condition appearance.

The Society plans to use 365 as a roving educational resource in excursion and exhibition service.

The restoration project also got a boost in October when the Nickel Plate Historical & Technical Society made a $3,000 grant.

If fully matched, the donations would amount to $13,000, putting completion of the project within reach of its $18,000 budget.

Other donations have come from Norfolk Southern, Steel Dynamics, and Progress Rail.

Work that remains includes electric work, along with painting and fabrication work.

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