News


August 2016

Work to cosmetically restore the 5057 has finally started! Rusted out metal in the cab has been replaced and a new floor has been installed in the cab. Read more on the 5057 blog.


November 2015

We visited the 5057 at the Pend Oreille Valley Railroad (POVA) shop in Usk, WA. While we there, we talked to the people at POVA about the work to be done on the 5057. You can read more about it on the 5057 blog.

5057 temporary numberboards


July 2015

JULY 14

The 5057 is fifty years old!  It was delivered to the Milwaukee Road on July 14, 1965.  Happy birthday, 5057!  Read more on the 5057 blog.

 

MILW GE U25B locomotives 388, 385, 381, and 383 lead a train through Cle Elum in August 1965.  Note the dynamometer car behind the engines.  Duplicate slide by an unidentified photographer in the Cascade Rail Foundation Paul Krueger Collection.

MILW GE U25B locomotives 388, 385, 381, and 383 lead a train through Cle Elum in August 1965. The 5057 was number 388 when it was built. Duplicate slide by an unidentified photographer in the Cascade Rail Foundation Paul Krueger Collection.


December 2014

DECEMBER 15

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.  Stay tuned for more details once we have more information.


November 2014

NOVEMBER 15

The 5057 is about to start its trip north!  Union Pacific has cleared it for movement and we expect them to pick it up in Portola, CA within the next week.  It will soon be returning to Washington for the first time in nearly 35 years!  It left Washington in one of the last Milwaukee Road trains out of the state.  The 5057 will be heading to the Pend Oreille Valley Railroad shop in Usk, WA where we will begin the restoration phase of the 5057 Project.  Funding is still needed for the restoration, so please donate if you can.  Follow the 5057 blog to get the latest news on the move.


September 2014

SEPTEMBER 12

MILW-5057-Prep-061214-David-Elems-Wayne-Monger-1037-150x150You can read about what happened at the June 2014 work session at the Western Pacific Railroad Museum in Portola, CA here.


Work Session Report – June 2014

Volunteers David Elems and Wayne Monger with the 5057

Volunteers David Elems and Wayne Monger with the 5057

Feather River Rail Society (FRRS) and Cascade Rail Foundation (CRF) volunteers spent Monday, June 9 through Thursday, June 12, 2014 working to finish the preparatory work on General Electric U25B Milwaukee Road 5057. The work during this session was performed at the Western Pacific Railroad Museum Shop (WPRM) in Portola, CA by Wayne Monger of both CRF and FRRS (Member- FRRS Board of Directors), David Elems (FRRS WPRM Shop Safety Supervisor) and Steve Habeck (Vice President FRRS and WPRM Trainmaster).

The primary focus of the work session was the air brakes, completing the work started during the October 2013 work session.   The primary activity was the rehabilitation and reassembly of the brake rigging and guide assembly around the #3 axle. This included piecing back together of the entire brake hanger assembly on the fireman’s side of the #3 axle, which was missing from the 5057 when it arrived in Portola from the Nebraska Technical College of Sidney, NE in 1988.  The locomotive evidently derailed this axle at some time (possibly toward the end of its time on the Milwaukee Road).  The badly damaged brake rigging was cut off.  Wayne was able to assemble a complete working brake hanger assembly for the fireman’s side #3 axle, using parts removed from Alco-GE RS-2 Kennecott Copper Corp 2 during the October 2013 work session on the 5057 and the few remaining useable parts still on the 5057.

With the brake rigging and guide assembly rebuilt on the #3 axle, brake shoes were then installed on it.  Three used-but-good condition composite brake shoes (recently removed from ex-SP TR6A Quincy RR 1100 during routine brake shoe maintenance) were installed on the #3 axle. Two were put on the reconstructed fireman’s side of the #3 axle and one was placed on the engineer’s side. The brake shoe on the inside surface of the engineers side #3 axle was still in place, so it was not removed.

Once all of the brake shoes were installed, the air brakes were tested using the shop air compressor (with 70 psi to 100 psi air pressure). David began working the independent locomotive air brake in the cab to start to set then release the locomotive brakes multiple times. After some initial resistance due to a long period of non-use, all 8 air brake cylinders showed no air leakage and the return springs were strong, snapping the locomotive brakes back to the release point promptly.

Inspections found that the travel on some of the air cylinder pistons was well less than 3”, while the travel on other air cylinder pistons was well beyond the 6 ½” maximum allowed. Upon consultation with Steve Habeck, the team determined that all eight of the air cylinder pistons needed to be adjusted so that they had between 4” and 5 ½“of travel. The team also identified a problem with the #3 axle on the fireman’s side. The guide rail anchor bolt and nut installed earlier in the week was bound up tight against the truck frame surface, preventing the brakes from releasing.  Further inspection revealed that the anchor bolt on the engineer’s side of the #3 axle was missing.  Instead of the required bolt, a steel bar was in its place.  The steel bar had a cotter pin and washer on the visible side, but nothing holding it on the inner surface.

To resolve the problem of the missing bolts, David spent two hours using the locomotive shop metal lathe and drill press to modify the existing bolt and locking nut taken from the fireman’s side of the #3 axle, then found and similarly modified a new bolt and locking nut for installation on the engineer’s side brake system guide rail of the #3 axle.

While David was doing this work, Wayne was busy working on adjusting the brake cylinder travel for all four brake cylinders on the front truck (axles #1 and #2). As these systems had not been adjusted in nearly 25 years, it took a lot of persuasion to free the moveable parts from rust and old grease. Wayne also capped off a leaking airline in the locomotive cab – from the air supply line to the air horn valve and handle assembly that had been improperly removed in the past.

When David was finally successful in modifying and installing the anchor bolts for the #3 axle brake system guide rails, both Wayne and David performed the brake cylinder travel adjustments on the rear truck (axles #3 & #4). David returned to the cab and worked the independent locomotive brakes several times; all brake systems on the four axles responded well.  Later in the day, one of the brass ½” air supply lines to the windshield wiper assembly in the cab that had been leaking finally came loose and was blowing air, so David put a cap on that air leak. After this last minor air leak was plugged, the locomotive main air system held pressure very well.

During the work session, Wayne also replaced the numberboards on the 5057.  The original plan was to install replicas made of frosted plastic for the trip north.  At the recommendation of FRRS VP Steve Habeck, Wayne made four temporary rounded 3/8” plywood numberboards instead.  These are less likely to be removed by thieves.  The plywood was cut 1” larger than the numberboards to fit over the four body openings.  The numberboards were painted a semi-gloss black and 9” white vinyl self-adhesive “5057” MILW-style numbers were applied to the surface of each.  They are nearly identical to the original 5057 numberboards. Each was carefully installed using 5 self-tapping metal screws into holes drilled into the body steel around the numberboard openings, and then were sealed against water intrusion by a bead of clear silicon sealant. These self-adhesive numbers were not sticking very well to the freshly painted plywood surfaces, so different numbers may need to be applied (or painted on) later this summer prior to the 5057 departing Portola.

The only major task not completed was the work to secure the hood doors of the locomotive.  The plan is to weld two sets of steel rebar across the outside of all locomotive hood doors, tack-weld the rear access door shut, and tack-weld the five electrical access panel doors shut under on the fireman’s  side of the cab. Another task yet to be done is attaching the “POVA 5057” AEI tags to both sides of the 5057. Other than these two last items – and barring any problems/questions that may show up during pre-movement inspection – the 5057 is ready for shipment from Portola to the Pend Oreille Valley Railroad (POVA) shops in Usk, WA!

 

JULY 2014 UPDATE

On Saturday, July 12, 2014, Wayne Monger and David Elems were able to weld the two rows of steel rebar across both sides of the engine hood to hold all the engine compartment doors in place for the upcoming trip from Portola to the POVA shop in Usk, WA.

They also covered over the missing access panel at the rear end of the locomotive on the fireman’s side.  This is the area containing a home-built centerplate lube system.  Wayne and David cut a piece of 3/4″ plywood to fit over the opening and secured it to the locomotive body using self-tapping steel screws.  They painted it with black and orange so it will not be very noticeable.

The 5057 is ready for its pre-movement inspection.


June 2014

JUNE 8

Thanks to the Friends of the 5057, we raised $850 toward the $1,000 challenge donation! Read more about it on our 5057 Project blog.


April 2014

APRIL 15

We have a new challenge donation!  From now until June 1, every donation will be matched up to a maximum of $1,000.  Read more about it on our 5057 Project blog.  You can donate using PayPal through our website or by mail.

APRIL 14

Volunteers are needed in Portola, CA during June 9-14 for a work party.  The focus of this work party will be to finish preparing the 5057 for the move to the Pend Oreille Valley Railroad shop in Usk, WA this summer.  Read more about it on our 5057 Project blog.  If you’re interested in joining this volunteer crew or have questions, please contact Paul Krueger at kruegerp@nwlink.com.


March 2014

MARCH 22

We’ve launched a blog for the 5057 Project! This will give us the ability to publish updates and information without overwhelming the main project web site. We’ll still publish updates here to document major news items, but in between these updates you can get your fix for 5057 news on the blog. To ensure you don’t miss an update, you can subscribe to receive notices by email.

You can find the blog here.


February 2014

FEBRUARY 1

Sponsor a Mile (Or More)!
We are planning to move the 5057 from Portola, CA to the Pend Oreille Valley Railroad in Usk, WA later this year, where we will have the locomotive cosmetically restored in their shop.

We’ll be asking the UP and BNSF to donate all or part of the transportation costs ($8,000-$12,000, depending on where the railroads are willing to interchange the locomotive). While we hope for the best from our requests to UP and BNSF, we want to ensure we can pay for the trip even if we need to pay the full amount. Help us make sure we can cover the cost of moving the 5057 by sponsoring part of the trip at $5.00/mile. Our goal is to have the 890 rail miles between Portola and POVA sponsored by June 1, 2014. All donations made between February 1 and June 1 will be applied toward this goal. Donate  today!


January 2014

JANUARY 1

The 5057 was the runner-up in the “must see preserved diesel” contest sponsored by Kalmbach Publishing’s annual “Locomotive” magazine!  While we don’t win a prize for second place, it was great to see the project get so much support.  And we also received a lot of free publicity.  Thank you to everyone who supported the 5057 in this contest!


November 2013

NOVEMBER 15

We had a productive work session in Portola, CA to prepare the 5057 for movement north to Washington.  You can read about it here.   We also have new fundraising incentive.   If you initiate a challenge donation of $500 or more, you’ll get a reproduction 5057 numberboard.  Contact us if you’d like to make a challenge donation.


Work session report – October 2013

Our Milwaukee Road U25B #5057 was the focus of a six day work session this month in Portola, CA at the Western Pacific Railroad Museum operated by the Feather River Rail Society.  The work was done from Saturday, October 5 through Thursday, October 10, 2013. The focus of the work was getting the mechanical systems of the locomotive ready for it to be moved and also securing the locomotive.

The work was led by Wayne Monger, a member of the FRRS Board of Directors and also a Cascade Rail Foundation member who has been a longtime advocate for the 5057.  Cascade Rail Foundation volunteers Fred High and William Sery became FRRS members and traveled to Portola from western Washington to participate.  They were assisted by additional FRRS members:  FRRS Vice President Steve Habeck, David Elems, Kirk Baer, Matt Elems, and Rick Grunninger.

A major focus of the work session was the air brake system.  Air brake hoses on the locomotive were replaced and a 26L Quick Release valve was borrowed from Western Pacific U30B #3051 to replace that missing part on the 5057. New main reservoir and signal air lines were installed at both ends of the 5057. Other open ports were plugged with pipe plugs.  Much effort was spent addressing the air brake rigging parts missing from the #3 axle.  An attempt was made to replace them with EMD parts on hand at the museum, but they did not fit the AAR Type B trucks under the 5057.  Parts were borrowed from Kennecott Copper 908, an RS-2 built by ALCO.  These parts were similar to those used on the 5057, but not the same.  Some of the parts did not fit.  Previous repair work done on the fireman’s side of the #3 axle frustrated efforts to install brake rigging components before work wrapped up on October 10.

Work was performed on the traction motors also.  The lubrication ports on traction motors were cleaned and electrical brushes removed.  New crater lube was added to gear cases and bearing oil added to the traction motor support bearings.

A pilot plate, salvaged for the 5057 from a scrapped Southern Pacific U33C in the Los Angeles area by Norm Holmes nearly 20 years ago, was installed as the required rear pilot plate.  New high strength Schedule 8 bolts were purchased and used to attach the pilot plate to the locomotive.

Much of the work to secure the doors and windows on the 5057 was completed.  All lower equipment and compartment access doors along the frame and under cab were secured using new fasteners.  The loose window frame of the engineer’s front window was secured. New wood blocks were bolted into the sliding window tracks in the cab to keep them in the closed position. The front cab door handle mechanism was reassembled from parts found in the nose of the 5057 and new, larger door locking hasps were installed on the cab doors.  To secure the external hood doors, 1/2″ steel rebar was acquired and cut to fit the locomotive.   Rebar was welded on the engineer’s side, but this work was not completed.

The original “5057″ numberboards were removed for safekeeping and we have them stored in Washington.  New reproduction numberboards have been donated by Wayne Monger, but they were not installed.  Two additional reproduction numberboards will need to be created because we learned late that the front and back are not the same size.  The 5057 will travel back to Washington using Pend Oreille Valley Railroad reporting marks (POVA), so new “POVA 5057″ lettering was added on the cab sides, and “POVA” was added on the hood end corners near the numberboards.  In addition, “Owner: Cascade Rail Foundation, South Cle Elum, WA” lettering was added under the radiator air intake sections.  The air horns were removed from the roof for safekeeping also.

Overall, it was a very productive work session.  About 85% of the projects required to get the 5057 ready for an air test by an independent, professional contractor and successful inspections by both the UP and BNSF prior to departure from Portola.  Tasks yet to be completed include:

  • Reinstallation of air brake rigging parts (hangers, guides, adjusters) needs to be completed on both sides of the #3 axle. The #3 axle also is still missing three out of four brake shoes.
  • Welding 1/2″ steel rebar at two levels across all exterior engine hood doors.
  • Installation of reproduction number boards at the front and rear of the locomotive
  • Closing the gap in the handrails at the front of the locomotive (where there is normally a safety chain and drop-step).
  • Repainting the safety handrails at all four corners of the locomotive with white enamel paint.

It won’t be possible to get the 5057 back in the shop in 2013, so another work session will need to be scheduled sometime in late March or early April.  If all goes well, we should have the 5057 back in Washington shortly afterward.

In the meantime, we’ll be making another big fundraising push to ensure we have enough funds to cover the move and also to start the first phase of restoration work, including replacement of the parts borrowed from FRRS locomotives.

Cascade Rail Foundation thanks the Feather River Rail Society for their continued cooperation and assistance with this project.  Left on our own, we’d be much further from accomplishing our next milestone of getting the 5057 back to Washington.  Thank you!


August 2013

AUGUST 28

We had to postpone the work party in Portola last week.  We’ve tentatively rescheduled for the week of September 15-21.  Several of our volunteers can’t make it that week, so we’re looking for additional volunteers.  If we can’t make it work in September, we’ll look at early October.  Please contact Paul Krueger if you’d like to join the crew.


May 2013

MAY 9

There will be a work party in Portola, CA the week of August 19 to prepare the 5057 to be hauled up to Washington.  Five days of work are planned (August 19-23) and we could use a couple more volunteers to ensure we have enough hands to get everything done.  If you’d like to get your hands dirty helping us get the 5057 ready to roll, please contact Paul Krueger.


March 2013

MARCH 1

The Friends of the 5057 met the challenge!  They contributed more than $3,100 by the end of March 1.  Thank you!


February 2013

FEBRUARY 28

The Friends of the 5057 are fantastic!  We’ve raised $2,400 toward the $3,000 challenge this month.  There is still time to get us closer to reaching our goal.  Any donations postmarked on March 1 or received electronically by the end of the day on March 1 count toward the match.

FEBRUARY 1

It’s time to show the 5057 some love!

Our anonymous donor from last spring is back with another $3,000 challenge.  From now through Friday, March 1, the donor will match every donation we receive for the 5057 Project (dollar for dollar) to a maximum match of $3,000. This doubles the impact of your donation! If you are thinking about donating money toward this project, this is great time to do it.

We are very close to having the $15,000 in hand to complete our purchase of the 5057 by the March 1 deadline.  We’ll complete that milestone if we’re successful meeting this challenge and we’ll also have a running start on our next milestone:  moving the 5057 back to it’s home territory and completing a cosmetic restoration of the locomotive.

These goals would not be within our reach if it weren’t for the generous “Friends of the 5057“.  Join them today by making an investment in the history of the Milwaukee Road!  Click the image below to donate.

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December 2012

DECEMBER 27

We did it!  The Friends of the 5057 met the latest donation challenge by contributing a little more than $1,000 to the 5057 Project between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Many thanks to all our supporters who made this happen, both the donors and those who helped spread the word.

The past year has been a pretty good one for the 5057 Project as we’ve made steady progress toward our goal of getting the 5057 to South Cle Elum.  The work continues next year.  We are getting very close to raising the amount needed to complete our purchase of the 5057 by March 1, 2013.  After that, we start the fundraising to bring it back to Washington and complete a cosmetic restoration of the locomotive.  Then we keep working to raise the money needed to transport it to the South Cle Elum Rail Yard Interpretive Center and shelter it there.  Our goal is to complete the project by July 2015.  We have a lot left to do, but every forward step (no matter how small) gets us closer.  THANK YOU to all who have helped move this project forward in 2012!!!


November 2012

NOVEMBER 23:

Help us bring the 5057 home for the holidays…
… and the rest of the year too!

5057-christmas-wreath-vsmallSince the 5057 left the roster of the Milwaukee Road, it has spent many years away from its ‘home’ territory.   This holiday season, you have a special opportunity to help us get closer to our goal of bringing the locomotive back to the former Milwaukee Road right-of-way.  Until December 25 a donor will match the next $1,000 we raise with an equal amount.  If you donate now, you can double the impact of your contribution!

Thanks to the generous ‘Friends of the 5057’ we’ve made a lot of progress this year.  We’ve raised over $20,000 to bring the 5057 to Cle Elum and we are within $5,000 of meeting our next fundraising milestone by March 1.  This would make us the proud owners of the 5057.  How much closer can we get to this goal by the end of the year?  Put the 5057 on your gift-giving list this holiday season!

 


September 2012

SEPTEMBER 21:

We received a $3,000 grant from the Milwaukee Road Historical Association (MRHA) this month!  As a result of a partially canceled train trip, MRHA asked attendees of the 2012 MRHA Annual Meeting in Moscow, ID if they would like to donate some or all of their refund  the 5057 Project.  Their donations funded this grant.  We greatly appreciate the ongoing support of MRHA and its members.  THANK YOU!

SEPTEMBER 15:

We have postcards for sale now.  You can help support the 5057 Project by purchasing a set of 3 postcards from our online store.  Send them to your friends!

All 3 postcards


August 2012

AUGUST 15:

Our limited edition 5057 t-shirts are available now!  Click here or on the image below for more information.

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AUGUST 1:

We’ll be ordering 5057 t-shirts soon!  Let us know if you are interested so we get enough shirts and order your size.  We’ll be placing an order on August 3.  More information here.


July 2012

JULY 20:

We met the latest fundraising challenge!  The Friends of the 5057 stepped up to the plate and blew past the anonymous donors challenge.  We raised $1,676.14 in a couple weeks.  With the $1,000 match we’re more than $2,600 closer to our next fundraising milestone, which is the last $15,000 to purchase the 5057.  Plus, the Cascade Rail Foundation Capital Fund grows by $1,000.  Thanks everyone — keep up the great work!


June 2012

JUNE 28:

Another anonymous donor has stepped forward with an exciting fundraising challenge that helps both the 5057 Project and the overall development of the South Cle Elum Rail Yard Interpretive Center!

graph1For each $1.00 donated to the 5057 Project between now and August 31, 2012 (up to $1,000), the donor will contribute $1.00 to the Cascade Rail Foundation Capital Fund in memory of a longtime supporter (the late Colleen McKee Hawley), and a private corporate foundation will match that $1.00 with an additional $1.00 contribution to the 5057 Project.

In other words, if we can raise another $1,000 in new donations to the 5057 Project over the next two months, we will end up with a total of $2,000 donated to the 5057 project and also increase the Capital Fund by $1,000.

The Cascade Rail Foundation Capital Fund is dedicated to supporting major capital improvements at the South Cle Elum Rail Yard Interpretive Center, such as the purchase of Substation Operator Bungalow #1, the rehabilitation of the Substation, and other similar projects that are part of the Strategic Plan for developing the Interpretive Center.

JUNE 22:

5057 artwork by Gary Pember 5057Gary Pember brought by the nearly-completed picture of the 5057 in Cle Elum for a sneak peak.  He has titled it “Dead Freight East” and it depicts Cle Elum as it was in 1979.  We’re very fortunate that Gary has chosen to share his artistic talent with us. Everyone who donates at least $505.70 (through either a single donation or multiple donations) to the project will receive a print of this artwork as a thank you!  Here is a photo:

 

JUNE 15:

We now have a signed purchase agreement for the 5057 with Feather River Rail Society and have made the first payment of $10,000 toward the $25,000 purchase price of the locomotive.  We need to raise the remainder by March 1, 2013.


April 2012

APRIL  23:

Good news!  We made our first milestone!  With the help of our donors, we were able to raise the initial $10,000 payment for the 5057 before the April board meeting of the Feather River Rail Society (FRRS).  As a result, FRRS decided to continue working with us as the buyer of the 5057.  We are ironing out a few details with FRRS and expect to make the first payment to them within the next week or so.

Many thanks to all of our donors who made this possible!  Those of you who donated between March 23 and March 31 enabled us to collect $2,863.81 of the $3,000 matching challenge donation.  All of our donors can expect to hear from us individually within the next few weeks.

With this first fundraising milestone behind us, we are now focused on the next milestone.  We need to raise the remainder of the $25,000 purchase price by March 31, 2013.  We’re also working on the bigger picture of developing the fundraising plan for the total project cost.  Stay tuned as we continue to work toward bringing the 5057 back to Washington.


Help Us Bring the Milwaukee Road 5057 Back to Cle Elum!

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Photo montage of the 5057 and the Cle Elum depot by Tom Kermen.

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.

To follow our progress you can sign up for our email list, follow us on Facebook, read our project blog, or check here for the latest news.


March 2012

MARCH 23:An anonymous donor has issued a fundraising challenge. From now through Saturday, March 31, the donor will match every donation we receive for the 5057 Project (dollar for dollar) to a maximum match of $3,000. This doubles the impact of your donation! If you are thinking about donating money toward this project, this is great time to do it.We’ve raised over $6,000 so far, so we would meet our goal of raising the first $10,000 payment and have a good start towards our next fundraising milestone if we can collect the full $3,000 match.  You can donate at one of the preset amounts or pick your own amount.  Use the form on this page or go to our donation page here.  Thank you!

MARCH 11:

Our fundraising for the 5057 project is like running a marathon, and we have a short, steep hill to climb right out of the gate.  That hill is our first $10,000 payment to Feather River Rail Society (FRRS) and we  have a little less than 3 weeks to get there.

We’ve had a slow start in fundraising because of delays in researching the cost of the overall project, which we now estimate to be about $125,000 (this includes the purchase price, painting, and transportation to South Cle Elum).  There is a big learning curve for a project like this and the people at FRRS have been very helpful in assisting us with the planning.

Because of the slow start to our fundraising efforts, we requested a time extension for the first payment.  However, FRRS is unable to delay the first payment because they have financial obligations of their own they need to meet. We need to raise the rest of the first $10,000 payment by their next board meeting (April 14) or they will pursue other options, which we understand include possibly selling it to a buyer ‘out east’ or selling some of the marketable mechanical parts of the locomotive.

Right now, we have almost half of the first $10,000 payment we need to purchase the 5057. With your help, we can achieve this first milestone and keep moving toward our ultimate goal of getting the 5057 back to Washington.  If you support this project, please donate today.