NKP 765 Pulls Cleveland Trips on Saturday

The first westbound trip of the day passes the depot at Olmsted Falls on Saturday, May 11.

The first westbound trip of the day passes the depot at Olmsted Falls on Saturday, May 11.

Nickel Plate Road No. 765 pulled two Norfolk Southern employee appreciation specials on Saturday between Rockport Yard in Cleveland and Fairlane yard west of Amherst.  The weather was a challenge with overcast skies all day. But that didn’t stop several dozens railfans from going trackside to photograph and/or watch the steam train strut its stuff.

Those waiting at Berea for the morning westbound run got skunked when a slow-moving CSX stack train blocked their view. I’m glad I went to Olmsted Falls for the first trips because I feared that something like that could happen.

CSX managed to stay out of the way for the afternoon trips through Berea and NS dispatchers were holding traffic in both directions until the steam train passed through CP 194 (Berea).

Despite the weather conditions, everyone seemed to enjoy the show. Next up is a public excursion from Rocky River to Bellevue and return on Sunday.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

The morning trip returns eastward as it passes through Olmsted Falls to the delight of the trackside "inspectors."

The morning trip returns eastward as it passes through Olmsted Falls to the delight of the trackside “inspectors.”


Another view of the morning eastbound return trip at Olmsted Falls.

Another view of the morning eastbound return trip at Olmsted Falls.


The afternoon excursion heads west past Berea tower. CSX managed to stay out of the way this time.

The afternoon excursion heads west past Berea tower. CSX managed to stay out of the way this time.


Steamin' through Berea.

Steamin’ through Berea.


The afternoon trip is returning to Rockport Yard. The image was made from the Front Street bridge.

The afternoon trip is returning to Rockport Yard. The image was made from the Front Street bridge. I decided to live with those annoying utility poles at left.


Another view of the afternoon train that was made on the Front Street bridge.

Another view of the afternoon train that was made on the Front Street bridge.


The excursion train was a mix of NS and Mid America cars.

The excursion train was a mix of NS and Mid America cars.


Earlier in the day an NS passenger extra appeared to be delivering two cars to be added to the Sunday excursion to  Bellevue.

Earlier in the day an NS passenger extra appeared to be delivering two cars to be added to the Sunday excursion to Bellevue. The full width dome is probably owned by Iowa Pacific.

 

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