T1 Group Gets Challenge Grant, Seeks Donations

A group seeking to rebuild a former Pennsylvania Railroad T1 steam locomotive announced this week that it has received a $50,000 challenge grant from an anonymous donor.

The donor will match dollar for dollar every donation received through December up to a maximum of $50,000.

In an email blast the Pennsylvania Railroad T1 Steam Locomotive Trust said it has already received $10,200 from its Founders Club Members.

The group is said if it receives $50,000 the matching grant will mean the restoration fund will receive $100,000.

Information about how to make a donation can be found at https://prrt1steamlocomotivetrust.org/station/index.php?route=challenge/challenge

On its website the group said that through last July it had raised $1.2 million, which is 35 percent of the funding it needs to complete recreating T1 No. 5550. The original 5550, the last surviving T1 locomotive, was scrapped by the Pennsy in 1956.

The T1 trust estimated that it will complete the project in 2030.

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