Pere Marquette 1225
Owned and operated by the Steam Railroading Institue
The photo above was taken on its last excursion in 2009, during which problems with the boiler were discovered. After a thorough inspection the boiler was deemed unsafe to continue operation and all remaining excursions were cancelled. The federally mandated 15-year inspection and rebuild was due soon, so the locomotive was taken out of service until it could be brought into compliance with all Federal Railroad Administration requirements.
The rebuild, begun in 2010, is in its final stages but compliance is a monumental and expensive task and SRI still needs to raise $300,000 to complete the $900,000 restoration.
But, a benefactor has pledged $100,000 if SRI can raise $200,000. This $100,000 gift will not stay on the table long. If you are able, please make a contribution. Any amount will be greatly appreciated; no gift is too small or too large. Every dollar counts.
Please help save the Pere Marquette 1225, the locomotive whose image and sound were used for the animated movie "The Polar Express."
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Michigan State Trust for Railway Preservation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational corporation