NKP 765 Completes Ferry Trip to the CVSR

Nickel Plate Road No. 765 crosses the West Branch of the Huron River in Monroeville.

Nickel Plate Road No. 765 crosses the West Branch of the Huron River in Monroeville.

Akron Railroad Club member Todd Dillon was among a number of club members who were out Thursday to catch Nickel Plate Road steam locomotive No. 765 as it made a ferry move from Bellevue to Akron.

Also trackside was ARRC member Paul Woodring, who watched the 765 in the Akron area.

The 765 left Bellevue just before 11:30 a.m. Todd followed the steamer to Monroeville, where he captured it crossing the West Branch of the Huron River.

Todd then reported that he barely beat the 765 to the overpass carrying U.S. 20 and Ohio Route 18 over the Wheeling & Lake Erie tracks. This was in spite of the 765 having a 25 mph speed limit and working up a slight grade.

Todd’s next photo spot was the grain elevator at Clarksfield. After that the 765 got a clear signal at Wellington over the CSX diamonds.

Next, Todd reports that he just beat the 765 to Spencer and then to an overpass outside of town.

There was another speed restriction through Medina where Todd got the 765 from the former Baltimore & Ohio branch overpass.

He got one final shot at the viaduct in Akron over the Ohio & Erie Canal before calling it a day.

The 765 reached Akron at about 3 p.m., which is the fastest and earliest that the 765 has made this trip.

Photographs by Todd Dillon

Another view in Monroeville.

Another view in Monroeville.

Making tracks east of Norwalk.

Making tracks east of Norwalk.

Passing a grain elevator in Clarksfield.

Passing a grain elevator in Clarksfield.

From atop the former B&O overpass of the former AC&Y.

From atop the former B&O overpass of the former AC&Y.

On a bridge near Spencer.

On a bridge near Spencer.

Arriving in Akron on the former Akron, Canton & Youngstown route.

Arriving in Akron on the former Akron, Canton & Youngstown route.

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