NKP 765 Excursions in Illinois Canceled

The trips behind Nickel Plate Road steam locomotive 765 between Chicago and Galesburg, Illinois, have been canceled due to poor sales.

In a statement released on Friday, Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society President William Otter blamed a short window in which to market to the excursions as playing a major role in the lackluster ticket sales.

Fort Wayne Railroad Historical SocietyHe did not rule out running the excursions in the future. The excursions, which had been named the Galesburg Zephyr, had been set for June 25 and 26 over BNSF tracks.

“We are confident that with additional lead time and unique promotional opportunities that future planning can afford us, we will return to the Chicagoland area and thrill thousands more with the sights and sounds of the 765 and our historic train,” he wrote in a letter posted to the group’s website.

The statement did not provide any details about how many tickets were sold.

Those who purchased tickets will receive a refund and a 10 percent discount on an equivalent ticket on a future FtWRHS excursion.

Describing the cancellation as a “business decision,” Otter said ticket sales had reflected meaningful interest in the trips, but had been less than satisfactory.

The excursions and a June 12 excursion that operated to Janesville, Wisconsin, had been announced 30 days in advance of the trip dates.

“The decision to cancel these trips in no way reflects the cooperation, interest or willingness of our various partners, who we look forward to working with again,” Otter wrote. “It reflects wholly our desire to protect the financial future of our organization and the longevity of steam locomotive No. 765.”

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