NKP 767’s Loyal Wingman, CVSR 6771

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad No. 6771 reflects in Indigo Lake as it bring up the rear of an Akron-bound excursion train.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad No. 6771 reflects in Indigo Lake as it bring up the rear of an Akron-bound excursion train.

Nickel Plate Road 767 gets 100 percent of the billing but is only doing about 50 percent of the work.

At the other end of the train is Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad FPA-4 No. 6771, which pulls the steam train whenever it is heading northward.

It is not the first time that No. 6771 has pulled wingman duty for a steam locomotive on the CVSR. It had that assignment in 2014 and 2015.

Passengers riding in the lounge section of the Saint Lucie Sound have had ample opportunity to see the back of the 6771 and hear its single-note horn, which sounds like a loud blat as it approaches grade crossings. It harkens back to the early days of diesel locomotives.

Built by Montreal Locomotive Works in January 1959, the 6771 began life as Canadian National No. 6771.

It would later serve VIA Rail Canada and the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad — where it had roster number 305 — before winding up on the Cuyahoga Valley Line as No. 15.

As CVL No. 15 it wore that blue and gray Delaware & Hudson inspired livery and then the initial CVSR gold, red and black scheme.

The 6771 became something of a celebrity last spring when it debuted the CVSR’s new locomotive livery featuring a dark red V stripe on the nose.

Thus far the 6771 is the only CVSR unit to wear that scheme so perhaps that is why it was chosen to accompany the 767 this year.

Although the 6771’s new paint job is several months old, it still looks quite sharp and bright, making it the perfect complement to the 767, which itself is looking snazzy with its temporary new number and a Mars light.

So here is to the wingman, the 6771 which once the 767 has returned to Indiana will resume its rightful place as one of the most striking Alcos on the CVSR.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

Crossing Chippewa Creek in Brecksville.

Crossing Chippewa Creek in Brecksville.

At milepost 51 near Deep Lock Quarry.

At milepost 51 near Deep Lock Quarry.

Passing an apartment complex at Boston Mill whose owner really doesn't want railfans standing on the property photographing the steam locomotive runbys.

Passing an apartment complex at Boston Mill whose owner really doesn’t want railfans standing on the property photographing the steam locomotive runbys.

Leading the excursion train into Indigo Lake.

Leading the excursion train into Indigo Lake.

 

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One Response to “NKP 767’s Loyal Wingman, CVSR 6771”

  1. Bob Says:

    Great photos. My favorite is 6771 crossing Chippewa Creek.
    Sometimes we forget how blessed Northeast Ohio is. Not only do we have “Steam in the Valley”, but we have MLW FPA-4 locomotives on the CVSR. In the late 1960’s to 1987, I had to go to Canada to photograph these ALCO-designed cab units.
    Bob

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