The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society has launched a bearing replacement project on its Nickel Plate Road 765 steam locomotive. The upgrade will cost more than $60,000 and is being undertaken, the society said in a news release, to enable the 765 to be able to offer high-speed mainline excursion service in the Midwest.
The project involves converting the tender’s existing journal bearing trucks to roller bearings. For further information about the project, including how to make a donation, click on the link below.
The 765 is a 2-8-4 Berkshire that once pulled NKP freight trains before being retired in 1963. It was restored to operating condiction in 1979 by the Fort Wayne group after the locomotive had sat on static display for several years in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
The FWRHS has launced a Facebook page, which can be found by clicking on the link below.