NKP 765 To Operate Chicago Excursion in June

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Chicago was the western terminus for Nickel Plate Road passenger service, but NKP steam locomotive 765 hasn’t been there for a while.

That will change on June 11-12 when the 2-8-4 Berkshire pulls its first public excursion in Chicagoland in more than 20 years.

The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society announced on its website on Wednesday that the 765 will be on display between 19 a.m. and 3 p.m. on June 11 at the annual Railroad Day festival in suburban Franklin Park near Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

On June 12, the Berkshire will pull a public excursion between The Glen of North Glenview and Janesville, Wisconsin, using former Milwaukee Road tracks.

Fort Wayne Railroad Historical SocietyIn honor of that, the excursion has been named The Varsity after a Milwaukee Road passenger train that operated between Chicago and Madison, Wisconsin, until the coming of Amtrak in 1971.

The Varsity will make an intermediate stop at the Metra station in Fox Lake.

Tickets are now on sale and range in price between $349 and $148, depending on the class of accommodation.

Tickets can be ordered by calling 888-718-4253 or at the FtWRHS website at


The train will depart from North Glenview at 7 a.m. and from Fox Lake at 8 a.m. Lunch will be served onboard. The price of lunch is included in the fare.

Equipment for the excursion will include  “The Varsity” will feature vintage passenger cars from the 1930s-1950s. Accommodations include standard coach, deluxe coach, and first class and dome car.

The trip will be the first steam motive power to user portions of the route to be traveled since 1953.

It will be the first excursion of 2016 for the NKP 765 and the locomotive’s owner said that details about additional excursions this year will be announced later.

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