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Save the L & A 503 steam locomotive on GoFundMe page

Postby Robert T » Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:07 pm

This might be a first, but a GoFundMe page has been setup to save the L & A 503 steam locomotive in Port Arthur, TX, from being scrapped, which may take place sometime next week if there isn't enough money raised by then. Otherwise they will at least try and save the appliances.

If it is saved, "Over The Top Construction" will move the locomotive at cost to a temporary home at the Texas State Railroad. The Orlando and Northwestern Railway Company has expressed interest in housing the locomotive and funding it's restoration to operation.

As fate my have it, if it wasn't for recent heavy rains, it might have been scrapped by now.
Another first is that they will be using a wrecking ball to get it apart.

Here is a link to the GoFundMe page, including some pictures. Donors can remain anonymous if they chose. If not enough money is raised successfully, it will be returned to the donors or they can chose to pass it along to another institution.
https://www.gofundme.com/help-save-the-la-503-friends-of?viewcontent=67293198

Trains article about the 503.
http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2018/02/17-preservationists-launch-emergency-gofundme-page-for-texas-steam-locomotive

Here's a link to some current videos about saving the engine.
https://www.facebook.com/319972281379363/videos/1719428391433738/

https://www.facebook.com/319972281379363/videos/1718391621537415/

Let's hope we can see it running again someday.

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Re: Save the L & A 503 steam locomotive on GoFundMe page

Postby Mark D » Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:12 pm

They need to set up a Go Fund Me. If 'they' want to restore it to operation, they're probably talking into the hundreds of thousands of dollars at the bare minimum. A $20 bill from a few railfans isn't going to cut it. What was the status of this engine? I never really figured that out. Is it a park engine? Or was it just sitting somewhere where the fire was dropped many decades ago? Or ??
And why didn't anyone care until the last second when they found out it's destined to be melted down and made into nails and nuts and bolts? If they had really truly cared they'd have been onto it long ago.

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Re: Save the L & A 503 steam locomotive on GoFundMe page

Postby Robert T » Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:16 pm

Mark,

The engine was donated to the city in 1957.

The current GoFundMe site is for buying the engine from the scrapper and getting the engine out of the park and to the Texas State Railroad.

There was no public hearing about disposing of it. It was only through a recent newspaper article that the fate of it was known. The demolition contractor now owns the engine and plans to cut it up sometime this week if not enough money is raised.

If you go to the GoFundMe link, it will give all the details of the engine status.

https://www.gofundme.com/help-save-the-la-503-friends-of?viewcontent=67293198

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Re: Save the L & A 503 steam locomotive on GoFundMe page

Postby Mark D » Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:21 am

Yeah, for some reason I totally missed the Go Fund Me part of your first post. Dumb me.
But that is only to raise enough money to buy it from the scrapper, or so it appears. After they get that engine they're going to have to find a permanent place for the engine, enough money to move it if free-be methods don't work, insurance, and THEN more money to restore the engine to at least static display and to keep it sort of safe from the elements. And then, if they think they're going to operate it they need even more money. It can easily climb into the millions of dollars in todays world.
Methinks that they should at first look at just finding a safe and permanent place to park it. Then see how things go.
Unfortunately, like most people, I haven't the funds to help them. If I did have the funds, even a measly $100, I would look at it and talk to the group and make a decision on whether or not it is viable.

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Re: Save the L & A 503 steam locomotive on GoFundMe page

Postby SOO2719 » Tue Feb 20, 2018 4:06 pm

Uh, guys? This campaign to save the engine is almost at $50,000! 8) A lot of people have chipped in just a little to make this happen, too. I will be chipping in this week, and I encourage everybody here to join me. Just $10 will do, man.
I love ten wheelers, by the way. I fondly remember seeing Northern Pacific 328 at Osceola, WI, in 1998. She sure was something in steam.
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Re: Save the L & A 503 steam locomotive on GoFundMe page

Postby Fitz » Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:14 pm

I just read on Altamont Press where the 503's owners have now increased the price another $10,000.
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Re: Save the L & A 503 steam locomotive on GoFundMe page

Postby SOO2719 » Tue Feb 20, 2018 7:51 pm

The GoFundMe page for the 503 confirms that, Fitz. They have crossed over $50K, though. :D
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Re: Save the L & A 503 steam locomotive on GoFundMe page

Postby SOO2719 » Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:14 pm

Well, I just donated $10. I added $1 more as a"tip" to GoFund me (they are doing that instead of taking bites out of donations made, like they used to). All in all, that $11 was well-donated.
Come on, guys. If all three of us donated $10, the campaign would be $30 richer. We don't want to see L. & A. 503 go the way of, say, C.B. & Q. 5632 or G.T.W. 5629 (pictured below), do we? Heck no!

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Re: Save the L & A 503 steam locomotive on GoFundMe page

Postby Mark D » Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:09 am

I'm telling it like it is; If I had a million dollars I would donate 50 grand. But that's just horse pucky because I don't have a million dollars. In fact, at this moment I have, to my name, a total of $28.74. That is including all cash, in my wallet and in the bank. Am I likely to send money? No. I won't receive anything until roughly a month from now when I will, presumably, receive a check for $1,030.00 which will have to suffice for two months.
I find it difficult to justify the gas I burn to go to work on the Milwaukee Road 261. That's where my donations go - sentenced to hard labor for one day a week and no pay. Chain gang?
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Re: Save the L & A 503 steam locomotive on GoFundMe page

Postby SOO2719 » Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:13 am

I did not know your situation, Mark. Sorry.
Anyone else here able to join me on this?
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Re: Save the L & A 503 steam locomotive on GoFundMe page

Postby Mark D » Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:12 am

Yeah, I decided to 'retire' and I sold almost all my machinery and the building separately and with that money put up a small shop at home where I continue to make two products that are very lucrative but added together don't really amount to much in the long run. That money above is for one of those things that I just shipped out 67 of yesterday. I do also get S.S. but that covers the house payment and utilities which are Electric, phone and propane. I don't use much propane because of the cost, but I have a LOT of wood and pretty much just burn wood for heat, using propane when we're not home.
The product I just shipped goes to a company that supplies Dairy Queen who uses the product I make. It is a U shaped pan like thing made of stainless steel. It is used to make the Dairy Queen Log Roll Cake (as they call it, but it's not cake) I've been making them since the early 1980's when that product first hit the DQ stores.

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Re: Save the L & A 503 steam locomotive on GoFundMe page

Postby Millhouse » Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:21 pm

Early word on Facebook this morning is that this endeavour succeeded in saving the engine. Guess we'll see for sure.

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Re: Save the L & A 503 steam locomotive on GoFundMe page

Postby SOO2719 » Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:23 pm

They made the goal! :D $66,522 is the amount they raised.
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Re: Save the L & A 503 steam locomotive on GoFundMe page

Postby Mark D » Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:03 am

That is good news. However, does that not only rip it from the hands of the scrapper? If that's the case, now they have a huge white elephant without a home. They're only just getting started on the costs.

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Re: Save the L & A 503 steam locomotive on GoFundMe page

Postby SOO2719 » Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:25 am

Hi Mark,

Here is what their cost breakdown figures are:

"• $35,000 to Inland Environment for the purchase

• $10,000 to Over-the-Top Construction for trucking

•$20,000 for cranes"
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