Cascade Rail Foundation is working to bring Milwaukee Road 5057 (a General Electric U25B diesel locomotive) from the Western Pacific Railroad Museum in Portola, CA to the South Cle Elum Rail Yard Interpretive Center for display.
Having a Milwaukee Road locomotive at South Cle Elum is important step in the development of the rail yard as an interpretive center. The 5057 has strong ties to Washington and is well-suited to telling the story of the railroad here. Currently, no Milwaukee Road locomotives are on display in Washington.
We are raising money to purchase the locomotive, prepare it for display, and move it to the Interpretive Center.
December 2014 The 5057 is back in Washington for the first time in nearly 35 years! It arrived at the Pend Oreille Valley Railroad shop in Usk, WA on December 15. We are working with them to plan the cosmetic restoration.
November 2014 The 5057 is about to come ‘home’ to Washington! The restoration phase of the project is next. Read the News for more information.
June 2014 Portola Work Party An illustrated report describing what happened at the work party in Portola, CA June 9-12 has been posted to the web site. You can read it here.
Challenge Donation We raised $850 toward the $1,000 challenge donation that ended on June 1, 2014! Read the News for more information.