Steam Saturday: NKP 765 in Ferry Mode

After the completion of its restoration to operating condition in September 1979, Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 conduced its first public excursion.

It wasn’t much, just a few trips on Sept. 22 on a short piece of track near Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Bob Farkas has posted photographs of that first trip in the past so to observe the 42nd anniversary of the public debut of the 765 he sent along the two images shown above of a ferry move on the Wheeling & Lake Erie in Copley on Oct. 5, 2015.

Back then the 765 would use the Wheeling to ferry between Bellevue and Akron en route to and from its now annual appearance on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

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