**UPDATE 3/5/21** Now that #6955 has safely arrived on our property, our next goal is to raise funds for mechanical repairs. Some items include the following: Turbo, Batteries, and various electrical components. Once we get these important parts installed and the locomotive operating, we will begin the cosmetic resetoration back to it's original CHESSIE paint. THANKS to all who have helped us reach this level.
**UPDATE 11/7/20** We have succeeded in raising the necessary funds to secure purchase of Chessie #6955. Our next goal is to prepare the locomotive for shipment to Cincinnati, OH. This will require approximately $20,000 in funds. We are trying to raise these funds in “Stage 2” of our plan. THANKS to all who have helped us reach this first step.
About us… What will the locomotive be used for??? What’s the first goal? How long will this all take? Will there be special fundraising events?
“Save the Chessie” is a project of the Cincinnati Scenic Railway with a goal of saving Ex-Chessie GP30 #6955 from the scrappers torch. This project will solely rely on donations and fundraising events. Very little time remains to help preserve this unique piece of Ohio History. Please click HERE to learn more about the history of this locomotive.
Once the #6955 has been shipped back to Ohio and fully overhauled, it will be placed into excursion service. Special events will Ohio Rail Experience rides and shortline use on the Lebanon Mason & Monroe Railroad in Lebanon,OH.
Our first goal is to raise approximately $35,000 by October 31, 2020. This will secure the purchase price of the locomotive,Next step will be to raise funds for shipping prep and final repairs once it arrives in Ohio. COMPLETE 11/7/20
It all depends on how much funding is raised. We would expect a completion date in Fall of 2022.
YES! Please stay tuned for more information, and be sure to join our Facebook group. We have plans for photo charters, authentic caboose hops, cab rides and throttle times.
Save the Chessie / Cincinnati Scenic Railway are 501c3 Non Profit. All donations are tax deductible