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The efforts of the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society would not be possible without the donations and gifts we receive. Your tools, equipment, resources, and other assets can assist in our preservation activities. If you're looking to donate your shop equipment or historic vehicles or railroad cars, they could have a home at the Fort Wayne Railroad.

Please contact us if you’re interested in contributing an item below. All donations and gifts are tax deductible.

Review our list of needs below and click here to contact us to discuss your contribution.



Looking to donate your historic railroad car, vintage automobile, or railroad equipment? Consider a gift that will allow it to be used in interpretative displays and operations.

• Historic railroad passenger cars (circa 1920 – 1959)
• Historic railroad freight cars (circa 1900 – 1959)
• Vintage automobiles (circa 1930s – 1950s)
• Historic signage and equipment (circa 1920s – 1950s)


You can donate your shop materials, equipment, and tools to help our restoration efforts.

• Backhoe
• Skid loader
• Off-road forklift
• Job Box
• Shop Vacuum (Contractor Grade)
• Extension Cords (Contractor Grade)
• Portable Work Lights
• Safety Equipment – Glasses, Ear Plugs, Dust Masks
• Cutting Wheels
• Wire Brushes
• Wheelbarrow (Contractor Grade)
• Push Brooms/Corn Brooms
• Pressure Washer
• Industrial grade drum fan
• Drill bits (up to 1/2″)
• Air supply sand blast hood
• ¾ and larger Drill Motors
• Drill Bit Sharpener
• Circular Metal Cutting Bits
• ½ Square Socket
• Rolling toolboxes
• Collapsible/Stackable storage bins
• Combination Wrenches
• Hex (Pipe Type) Adjustable Wrenches
• Large Pipe Wrenches
• Any type of Ratchet Set
• Air Hoses-Industrial Type for Pneumatic Tools
• Torque Multipliers
• 50 Ton and Larger Hydraulic Jacks (can use 100 Ton)
• Jib Crane, Chain Hoists, Electric Hoists, Lifting Straps
• Wire Welder and Handpieces
• Welding Helmets, Welding Clamps, Oxy-Acetaline Torches, Hose Sets, and Tips
• Welding Shields (Canvas or Plastic)
• Pipe Threaders and Cutters
• Safety Harnesses
• Eye Wash Station
• First Aid Kits
• Come Alongs
• Heavy Duty Extension Cords and 3-Way Splitters
• Parts Bins
• Microfilm Reader/Printer