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.
The 5057 was featured in a Charlie’s Trackside Postcards episode on Model Railroader Video Plus (MRVP) subscription video website. While these shows are normally accessible exclusively to MRVP subscribers, Kalmbach has generously agreed to make these episodes available to the public free-of- charge to support the 5057 repainting drive and the work of the Cascade Rail Foundation. Thank you, MR Video Plus!
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May 2022 We’ve been quiet for awhile, but we’re working on a detailed update to post here soon. The short version is that not much has been happening with the 5057 the past couple years. It’s still at the Pend Oreille Valley Railroad shop in Usk, WA, but they’ve been working on a long project for a client the past few years and we voluntarily took a back seat while they worked on it. That work is done, so we expect they’ll be able start bringing it to the shop now and then when they have time.
September 2018 The 5057 was mentioned in the 2018 issue of Locomotive magazine. Learn more in the News section.
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.