Melvin Retires as NKP 765 Engineer

Rich Melvin at the controls of Nickel Plate Road 765 on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad in September 2010.

The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society announced on its Facebook page this week that Richard Melvin has retired as an engineer of Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765.

Melvin made his last run at the throttle of the Berkshire-type locomotive on Sunday, Sept. 25 when the steamer pulled its last excursions on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad to close out two-weekend appearance.

The FtWRHS, which owns and operates the 765, said that for his final trip, Melvin was joined in the cab by his grandsons.

He has been an engineer of the 765 for 30 years and the Fort Wayne group said that he “was involved in nearly every movement the 765 made in the last three decades and has helped establish an operating department and qualify new engineers in the process.”

Melvin spoke about his experiences in operating the NKP 765 at the 2006 Christmas banquet of the Akron Railroad Club.

Aside from operating the NKP 765, Melvin also was the founder of Hopewell Productions, which sold railroad-related videos.

He has also been a road foreman for the Youngstown operations of the Ohio Central System.

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One Response to “Melvin Retires as NKP 765 Engineer”

  1. Riley Photography Says:

    I have a framed canvas photo of Rich Melvin as engineer of 765 and would like to know if anyone is interested in it. Dee Riley, Riley Photography 440- 992-7002 riley@roadrunner.com

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