Monthly Progress

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

November 2014


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


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.

June 2014


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


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.


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

March 2014


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


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


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


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.

August 2013


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


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


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

February 2013


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.


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.


December 2012


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


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


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!


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


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



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.

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!


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.