Donate to the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum
In order to provide the array of programs and services offered by the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum, we rely on the generosity of companies and individuals from across the country. We accept cash and "in-kind" contributions. We are always seeking donations of rolling stock (locomotives, freight and passenger cars), track materials, construction equipment, tools and shop supplies. Have something to donate? Take a look at our donation wish list.
Recognized Non-Profit Organization
The Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contibutions to non-profits like HVRM are usually tax-deductible, but you should always consult your tax professional if you are seeking a tax deduction.
Donate to Our Endowment Fund
In order to preserve the longevity of our organization, the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum has established an endowment fund administered by the Northern Indiana Community Foundation. The goal of this fund is to make sure that HVRM will be here for future generations to enjoy.
Donate to a Special Project
We have a number of special on-going projects at the museum that could use your financial support in order to complete. Of course, there are dozens of projects at the museum, but these projects represent the biggest challenge to the museum from a financial perspective.
C&O 2789 Restoration
Chesapeake & Ohio 2789 needs a substantial amount of funding, with some estimates as high as $1.5 million. Built in 1947, this historic 2-8-4 Kanawha-type locomotive represents the pinnacle of superpower steam technology. Once used to pull heavy freight trains over the Appalachian Mountains, C&O 2789 is the original piece of equipment acquired by the museum. Some work has been performed on the locomotive, but serious financial support will be required if this locomotive is ever to see the high iron again.
Grasselli Tower Project
Grasselli Tower is another major project undertaken by the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum. We moved this historic railroad tower from East Chicago, Indiana, to the museum grounds in North Judson in 2009. While stable, additional funding will be necessary to complete the preservation of this fascinating piece of railroad history. One of the last operating armstrong lever interlocking towers in the United States, Grasselli Tower represents a rare piece of 19th century technology.