Posts Tagged ‘NKP 765’

NKP 765 Summer Sked Making Rounds

March 8, 2014

The summer operating schedule for Nickel Plate Road No. 765 has been making the rounds on various railfan oriented Internet sites. Aside from the TrainExpo festival in Michigan, none of these trips were listed yet on the website of the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society, the owner of the Berkshire locomotive.

Norfolk Southern employee trips:

May 3 & 4 – Elkhart, Ind. to Bryan, Ohio
May 10 & 11 — Chicago (Calumet) to Argos, Ind.
July 5 & 6 — Detroit to Toledo

Public Excursions:

June 20-24 — TrainExpo, Owosso, Mich.
July 12 & 13 — Detroit to Ft. Wayne
July 19 – Aug 9 Logansport, Ind., and Kokomo, Ind.

NKP 765 to Operate This Weekend Sans Diesel

October 26, 2013

When Nickel Plate Road No. 765 hits the high iron this weekend something will be quite different about it. No, not the locomotive itself, but it’s train.

For the first time since 1993 the 2-8-4 Berkshire will be leading a passenger train out of its home city and it will be doing it without having a diesel onboard.

It will be the 765’s first trip on Norfolk Southern as a solo act. NS decided that the 765 could run unassisted because the distance and fuel use will be less than it was on previous trips and there will be no deadhead move.

The 765 has previously made several deadhead moves over NS tracks without a diesel helper.
On previous excursions within the past year, NS has usually assigned one of its heritage locomotives to the consist.

The Indiana trips this weekend will have a 15-car consist that will include 20th Century Limited observation lounge Hickory Creek and New York Central lounge No. 43, as well as two Iowa Pacific full-length domes, Scenic View and Sky View. The historical society added three cars, including the Sky View, in a response to ticket demand and a waiting list of almost 1,000 people.
The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical  Society, which owns the 765, said passengers are coming from California, Canada, Texas, and New Jersey as well as the Midwest.

The FtWRHS said that the 765 will return to the main line next year in a series of trips on NS. In another development,  the 765 and the Fort Wayne group’s collection are the subjects of a multi-million dollar riverfront development study which may allow a downtown Fort Wayne tourist train operation.
The railroad group also owns ex-Wabash 0-6-0 steam locomotive No. 534, later carrying No. 1 for the Lake Erie & Fort Wayne. This locomotive was placed in Sweeney Park in 1957.

It is one of two surviving Wabash steam locomotives and is undergoing cosmetic restoration and preventative maintenance for a future ultrasound and feasibility study for a return to operation.

Ticket Sales Resume for NKP 765 Indiana Trips

October 18, 2013

Some tickets were still available as of Friday morning (Oct. 18) for the Oct. 26 and 27 Wabash Cannnonball excursion between Fort Wayne and Lafayette, Ind., to be pulled by Nickel Plate Road steam locomotive No. 765.

The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society resumed selling tickets for the trips earlier this week after it was able to add additional cars, including former New York Central observation car Hickory Creek and ex-NYC lounge car No. 43.

A check of the FtWRHS website early Friday found that coach tickets are sold out, but tickets remain for the dome car on Oct. 27 and for “Twentieth Century Class” seating on both dates. Tickets for both of these accommodations are $349 plus a $9.72 handling charge.

Tickets for excursions went on sale during the Labor Day weekend and sold out within a couple of hours. At the time, there were complaints about the inability of many would-be patron to order on online or to get through to a sales representative by phone.

The FtWRHS started a waiting list and said it was seeking to add additional cars to the excursions, the first out of Fort Wayne for the 765 in more than 20 years.

Aside from the ex-NYC cars, the excursion trains will include coaches owned by Norfolk Southern and MidAmerica Railcar Leasing, and the Scenic View and Prairie View dome cars that accompanied No. 765 this past May for trips in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

“This may be the first trip for the Hickory Creek behind steam,” said Wayne York, the excursion manager. “We want to roll out the red carpet for this event.”

The late October trips will be the last in 2013 for the 765 on NS tracks, but FtWRHS officials expect the 765’s schedule for 2014 to include trips in Ohio, Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana.

To purchase tickets and view the schedules, click on the link below.

Just Like it Was in the 1950s

September 27, 2013


Four days after my back fusion surgery, I took a drive over to Mogador to see one of the Nickel Plates engines that I used to see almost every day in Kent back in the 1950s. After picking out an open spot where the engine would be working hard, the hour wait was worth it. I wasn’t disappointed.

Photograph by Rob Rohal

Steam in the Valley 34 Years Apart

September 24, 2013



Here are glimpses of “steam in the Valley” that are 34 years apart. The top photo shows Cuyahoga Valley Line 4070 (ex-Grand Trunk Western No. 4070) southbound and entering Peninsula on Oct. 29, 1979. In the bottom photo is Nickel Plate Road No. 765 southbound on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad entering Peninsula at nearly the very same location on Sept. 14, 2013.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Vandalism May Prevent Adding Cars to 765 Trip

September 23, 2013

Vandalism may prevent the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society from adding additional cars to its sold-out late October excursions in Indiana behind the Nickel Plate Road No. 765.

Although not providing details, an email message sent by the group said passenger cars that FtWRHS hoped might be available have been withdrawn from service due to the damage.

The Fort Wayne group said that it is not clear if the damaged cars “will be mechanically fit for service. The vandalism is a very recent occurrence which has also affected our original excursion train set and severely limits additional numbers.”

Tickets for the Oct. 26 and 27 Wabash Cannonball trips between Fort Wayne and Lafayette, Ind., went on sale on Sept. 1 and sold out in less than two hours.

That compares with five days for a trip from Rocky River to Bellevue and 48 hours for trips from Lewistown, Pa., to Horseshoe Curve.

The FtWRHS has said that it was unprepared “for the overwhelming response in those initial 90 minutes, especially when compared to our previous offerings.” Would-be ticket buyers encountered slow or unresponsive website despite the allocation of additional computing resources. Those who tried to purchase tickets by phone received busy signals.

The group’s website experienced more than 3,000 visits and the phone line received more than 240 calls.

In selling tickets for the earlier trips, the FtWRHS used a third party vendor, but that vendor was not used to handle the sales of the Cannonball trips.

The Fort Wayne group said it continues to seek ways to accommodate more passengers with seats in each class.

It also discussed operating additional trips on alternate weekends, but rejected that because the Norfolk Southern route to be used for the Cannonball trip is a busy railroad and “it is in the best interest of these types of excursions to minimize” disruptions to NS operations.

A final determination about the availability of additional cars for the Cannonball trips is expected to be made by Sept. 30.

This would permit enough time for inspect cars for their mechanical suitability and well as to arrange for transportation of the cars to Fort Wayne. The FtWRHS established a wait list for tickets for the Cannnonball trip, but it has since been closed.

The 765 will be fired up on Oct. 3, 4 and 5 in conjunction with the visit of the Indiana History Train.

Ed’s Weekend with NKP 765: Part 2

September 18, 2013


Sunday morning found me back in the Valley to photograph the last day of operations of the Nickel Plate Road No. 765.

First up was getting the ferry move to Boston Mill. I set up at Brecksville station to capture the train coming beneath the Ohio Route 82 bridge.

I made my third appearance in Everette to photograph the steam train. Then it was on to Peninsula to get the meet between the steam train and the Scenic train.

The middle trip of the Boston Mill excursions went to Fitzwater. Shown in the sequence, though, is a northbound move with no people aboard at Brecksville.

 The last trip of the day out of Boston Mill found me back at Peninsula to photograph the action.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas


The Fascination With Steam (or is it Smoke?)

September 17, 2013


It was getting to be late afternoon. Nickel Plate Road No. 765 had pulled the second excursion train of the day from Brecksville to Indigo Lake on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad and was now returning to its origin.

I had gotten some good images throughout the day and I knew this would likely be my last photo opportunity. It might be the last time that I photographed 765 this year.

I decided to get a going away shot along a trail near Deep Lock Quarry. I was aware of people standing along the fence off to my left.

If they got into my photos, fine. But they were not really in my plans for this image.

The train came and another photographer or two had cameras out. Some passersby got out their cell phone cameras. It was only later when I was reviewing my images that I noticed that I had captured two small children sitting on the fence.

The little girl hardly changed her position. She kept watching the 765 go down the track. But her brother found something else to be more fascinating.

As in this image, he kept looking back and up at the sky pointing and motioning with his arm at the patterns the smoke was making in the sky.

Remember when you were a kid and could be endlessly fascinated with clouds? And so it is with locomotive smoke hanging in the air.

This might be the first time these children have seen a living, breathing steam locomotive. Maybe it will be their last sighting of one.

Maybe this boy will grow up to have a fascination with trains and steam locomotives. Maybe it will be a fleeting memory that evaporates away just like that smoke did.

If I had this image to do over again, I’d focus more on the children watching the steam locomotive, making sure they were more in focus.

At the time, though, they were just collateral props. Turned out, though, that they were the story.

Article and Photograph by Craig Sanders

Ed’s Weekend with NKP 765: Part 1

September 17, 2013


On Saturday, Sept. 14, I was trackside at the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad to photograph and get video of the Nickel Plate Road No. 765 in action.

My first stop was at Jaite where a number of other photographers were gathered.

After photographing the runby at Boston Mill, I opted to go to Everett for the next shot.

After lunch at the Golden Arches in Independence, I decided to try shooting the train across the field south of Jaite. After scouting the location, I settled for a view across a portion of a pond.

I wish that there wasn’t so much brush around that pond. It would have made for a nice reflection shot.

I agree with the advice to try and make a good shot even better. So I headed back to Everette where I photographed the 765 from the west side of the tracks. Earlier in the day, I had been on the east side.

I to get home to attend church and go to a picnic, so it was farewell to the CVSR and steam, but not for long.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas








Farewell 765! Come Back and See Us Again

September 17, 2013




I went to Medina on Monday morning to get the Nickel Plate Road No. 765 returning to Indiana.  This location is where the old Baltimore & Ohio line bridged over the Akron, Canton & Youngstown.

It is an impressive place for getting photographs, complete with the only idiot who could care less about the people below wanting good shots.

Photographs by Dan Davidson


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