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Double, and then Double Again Your Investment in 557’s Future

The Engine 557 Restoration Company has reached an important financial milestone. The Internal Revenue Service has approved our designation as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, allowing us to solicit and accept funds independently, be more agile and aggressive in our fund raising, and decrease some fundraising expenses and apply the savings to the restoration.

To celebrate our new status we have arranged, for a short time, additional matching of contributions. donations will be matched so that 400 percent of each donation will be made available for the restoration. See the announcement for details.


Dear 557 enthusiast,

Welcome to the Locomotive #557 web page and thank you for your interest in the last steam locomotive to run on the Alaska Railroad. Number 557 has a long and proud history in support of our nation.

I am grateful to Monte Holm, the Jansen family, Engine 557 Restoration Company and others for serving as careful custodians of this precious artifact of our nation's heritage.

Finally, I am truly excited to know that with the help of many selfless individuals, she will once again be roaming Alaskan rails. Please consider becoming part of this restoration project!

For anyone who would like to volunteer on the project or donate resources then please call 907-350-4340.

John Combs

P.S. Many thanks to Pat Durand for providing text and photos and to Ed Timko for graphics support for these pages.

For more information contact us at sewtrain557@gmail.com

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