On the fundraising front, individual donations and grants have helped us meet the first $145,000 of our $750,000 goal. The year got off to a good start in January with a $10,000 Founders Grant from the Amherst Railway Society and we hope the last quarter of 2015 will see an increase in donations as the window for tax deductions closes.
We are fortunate to have donors who think about the big picture of Project 3713. This includes folks who make monthly donations, many repeat annual donors and some creative sponsors like Dave Crosby who is donating the profits from his latest book to the Project 3713 effort.
Sales continue for the raffle of an incredible cache of model railroad equipment, including an O-scale brass model of #3713 herself. A special holiday season offer for the raffle is available now.
Memorabilia, including #3713 boxcars in O and HO-scale, is available online, at the Moscow station and at chapter events.
Project #3713 did suffer one fundraising disappointment in 2015 when the Canadian Pacific Railway cancelled our planned benefit excursions from Scranton to Binghamton behind Nickel Plate Road #765p to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Nicholson Bridge. These excursions, which were almost sold out before the CPR pulled the plug, would have provided a big boost to our fundraising. Although the trips did not run, the cab of #3713 was trucked to Nicholson where it was on display for all to see at the town’s celebration of the bridge.