Throttle Time Being Offered on NKP 765 for $999

Want to put your hands on the throttle of Nickel Plate Road No. 765 when it comes to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad in September?

A $999 fee will put you in the engineer’s seat for 30 minutes and a 6-mile roundtrip between Fitzwater Yard and Brecksville.

The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society, which owns the Berkshire locomotive, will be offering opportunities to run NKP 765 on Sept. 18 and 25.

Participants will observe how the locomotive is operated and receive a half-hour of instruction before being allowed to run the locomotive at speeds up to 15 mph.

As part of the experience, the guest engineers and firemen will have their 30 minutes in the cab recorded on a professionally captured and edited video.

Participants must be 18, have a valid driver’s license and be in good health.

For a fee of $299, you can spend a half hour firing the NKP 765. Other packages include GoPro add-on throttle time for $99 and the complete fireman and engineer experience for $1,399.

The latter includes 30 minutes of being the fireman, 30 minutes of being the engineer, two open window tickets to ride a CVSR steam excursion and a tour of the Age of Steam Roundhouse in Sugarcreek.

“This will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for anyone that participates,” said Bill Otter, president of FWRHS. “There is rarely an experience at this duration or speed with an engine like the 765 in this country. Events like these are a great opportunity to realize a life-long dream, but they are also crucial to keeping the 765 operating for future generations.”

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