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Make a Donation

Our restoration efforts are funded entirely through memberships, ticket sales, and especially grants and private donations. Whether its an estate gift or endowment, contributions large and small make all the difference in the size, scope, and number of projects we're able to take on. We're currently fundraising for three large projects: the restoration of Pleasant Lake depot, the restoration of a dome-observation lounge car, and the restoration of our New York Central passenger train. Each of these major projects are possible through your support.

Donations can be easily made online using the form below by mail at Post Office Box 11017, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 46855. All donations are tax deductible and accompanied by an acknowledgment recipient letter for your tax purposes.

We also offer great opportunities for sponsors, corporate donors and creative partnerships. Check the sidebar to see which options are available to you.

Donating goods and items

We also accept donations of a variety of materials such as:

  • tools and parts
  • historical artifacts and antiques
  • estate and personal collections
  • photographs or historical documents



The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society maintains a fund through Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne. This fund will be instrumental in underwriting future maintenance on Nickel Plate Road no. 765.


The scope and impact of our operations rival many advertising campaigns! Companies large and small have supported us through in-kind and monetary donations and sponsored events, excursions, and community outreach efforts. How can your company help us preserve and make railroad history?