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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.

Glass Break Repairs

The Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum was recently the victim of vandals who damaged or destroyed more than 30 windows on buildings, locomotives, passenger cars, cabooses, and display cars. This damage could easily add up into the thousands of dollars. If you would like to help us replace this broken glass, please consider making a donation. We really appreciate your support!

Mail a Check

If you prefer, you can always mail a check to the museum to make your donation. Please mark on the check what the donation is for or include a note or letter so we can properly deposit the check into the correct fund. Our mailing address is:

Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum
PO Box 75
North Judson, IN 46366

Memorial Contributions

Please fill out the form on this page to make a memorial contribution.