About the Foundation
In 1999, a few enthusiasts of NOHAB-GM locomotives (and especially
of the M61 class of the Hungarian State Railways MÁV)
got together to set up a foundation
devoted to helping these machines on their way to survival.
Unfortunately, the days of regular service of the class ended in
the meantime; in late December 2000, the M61's were withdrawn.
These circumstances certainly urge the community of
NOHAB fans to unite their forces to preserve at least one of
these legendary locomotives.
Thus, our non-profit foundation was formed with the goal of gathering
financial means to support the maintenance of the remaining
units, and as a long-term goal, to acquire at least one
M61 class locomotive and keep it in operating condition to
be used with excursion trains. Our further plans also
include providing or distributing historical and technical
information about the locomotives and their other GM-engined
relatives for both education and hobby.
The locomotive we envisage to preserve is former MÁV-locomotive M61-010;
a machine which one of our founders has already been supporting
on its way to survival for 15 years by financial means and by countless hours
of work as well, one of the results being its current livery the unit
received early 1997. Since 1998, our members have been negotiating with
the Hungarian State Railways concerning a possible purchase of the locomotive.
Our efforts finally culminated in late 2001 in a contract for the acquisition of
the machine. Meanwhile, the locomotive has been transferred to its new
storage place, the former locomotive shed of Budapest Keleti station, and is
undergoing first repairs (the current state and planned schedule of the overhaul
can be seen here).
It is clear that acquiring and, most of all, maintaining a
locomotive of this type is a costly undertaking, thus in
the first period of our work, we will have to concentrate on
allocating financial resources which are sufficient for
the first major repairs. Thus, in the first years
of our existence, we will not be able to provide extensive
service in return for the donations; once we however succeed
in the restoration of the machine, we will beyond the free gifts,
newsletter and information material grant reduced prices at our excursions.
Free access to the locomotive is already provided upon contacting
us concerning a visit.
As for membership, we have set up a three-step system
with different classes of supporters. Regular payments
can be made either every month, every year, every five
years or once in case of a bigger donation. Of course,
we also appreciate donations which are not paid according
to our planned schedule. A summary of the above mentioned
can be found on the
page, where also a list of contributors is available.
Thanks in advance for your interest and support
The NOHAB-GM Foundation