Chapter seeks funds to restore Steam Locomotive.

Restoration  Project  -  This Wabash  Steam

Engine #573 will be cosmetically restored.


Built by the Rhode Island Locomotive Works, this 2-6-0 Mogul type freight locomotive was retained two years after the Wabash had become dieselized because of a bridge which would not support the weight of diesel-electric locomotives.  Number 573 weighs 215,825 lbs. in working order, has 64" drive wheels and 19" by 28" cylinders.  It was built in 1899 and is one of the smallest engines operated by the Wabash.  Number 573 was donated to the Museum of Transportation in 1955 by the Wabash Railroad.  It is believed that this is the last steam engine operated by the Wabash.  It is located at the Museum of Transportation at St. Louis, MO.

The chapter is seeking donations for a dedicated fund that will cosmetically restore (surface preparation and repaint) so as to preserve this historical item.  Our fund raising goal is $11,000

As part of our fund raising effort, the Chapter is making available a limited number of Wabash Banner (Highland) pattern replica dinnerware pieces as used in Wabash dining cars from 1947 - 1960. Pieces may be ordered directly here: Order form or at our ebay store.

The chapter is a 501(C)(3) tax exempt non-profit organization located in the St Louis area.  Please send your tax deductible donation to: St Louis Chapter NRHS, P.O. Box 220168, St Louis, MO 63122-0168.  Please note in your check memo line "for Wabash steam engine."  Thank you for helping.