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 Post subject: Union Pacific 428 Matching Challenge Grant
PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:20 pm 

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Well, it's "Facebook Official," so here's the news.

A generous donor has, for the next month, offered to match every dollar contributed to the Illinois Railway Museum's restoration of Union Pacific 2-8-0 #428 up to $5,000. If we hit the goal, this could net $10,000 total for UP 428's restoration. The objective of this challenge is to help the steam shop jumpstart work on the locomotive's rebuild, which is now concentrated on the running gear.

If you would like to donate, send a check made out to IRM to the address below with "UP 428 challenge" on the memo line or call our office at 815-923-4391 ext 2. Every little bit helps. Thanks for your consideration!

Illinois Railway Museum
PO Box 427
Union, IL 60180

Christian Ellis
IRM Steam Team


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 Post subject: Re: Union Pacific 428 Matching Challenge Grant
PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:22 pm 

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UP 428 worked the Ord, Nebraska branch in the late 50's.

A little late for Throwback Thursday, but here's an Ebay example. Are any Harriman combines preserved?
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Original-Slide ... SwZW5aQRAm

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 Post subject: Re: Union Pacific 428 Matching Challenge Grant
PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 12:03 pm 

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Im very familiar with the Ord branch from Grand Island to St Paul, Neb. Its perfect territory for the venerable 2-8-0 design. Its still in use on a weekly basis. It would be nice to see 428 out on her old stomping grounds at some point.There is a good deal of community involvement and interest in steam locomotives. UP spoils the trackside communities with the heritage fleet.


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 Post subject: Re: Union Pacific 428 Matching Challenge Grant
PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:32 pm 

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Per the original announcement on the IRM blog, this matching offer is open until Jan. 23.

So 9 days left.

http://www2.irm.org/blogs/archives/2022 ... P-428.html

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A Challenge Grant for the UP 428

It has come to my attention that an anonymous benefactor is offering a grant of
$5,000.00 for the restoration of the Steam Departments UP 428 to operation. He would
like to see this steam engine in operation for the 2019 season. He told me that this is in
effect for one month starting today, December 23, 2017.



Another note: If you look at the IRM flyer for the circa 1958 Main Street project, the
planned buildings look just like downtown Ord, Nebraska, where #428 ran its last miles
-- in 1958 by coincidence. Cool, huh?

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