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NKP 765 Chicago Trips Still Expected to Run

April 12, 2018

The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society hopes to begin selling tickets in late May for its September excursions in Chicago behind Nickel Plate Road steam locomotive No. 765.

The opening of sales was suspended about two weeks ago after word got out that Amtrak is restricting its carriage of privately-owned passenger cars.

Mainline steam excursions rely heavily on private cars to make up the consists for these trains and their owners often ferry the cars on the back of scheduled Amtrak trains.

In a news release, the FtWRHS said that it is seeking to finish arranging the consist for the Joliet Rocket excursions by May 1 and begin selling tickets within 30 days of that.

The excursions on Sept. 15 and 16 will use Metra tracks between Chicago and Joliet that were once owned by the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific.

After those excursions, which drew more than 2,500 passengers last year, the NKP 765 is expected to travel to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad for excursions on two weekends in late October.

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NKP 765 Plans CVSR Trips, Chicago Excursions

March 6, 2018

Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 is planning to come to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad this year although no dates have yet been announced.

That news was buried in the last sentence of a news release announcing an excursion for the 765 in Chicago on Sept. 15 and 16.

The release said that the CVSR excursions were being planned for “later this year.”

As for the Chicago trips, the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society said the Berkshire-type steam locomotive will pull trips named the Joliet Rocket over former Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific trackage between Joliet, Illinois, and Chicago’s LaSalle Street Station twice daily on both days.

The society said that each trip will have food, cocktails and live music. Passengers are encouraged to dress in vintage-style clothes

FtWRHS members may begin buying tickets on April 2 with sales opening to everyone else on April 4. No ticket prices have been disclosed.

The Chicago excursions drew more than 2,500 passengers in 2017 from 30 states.

FtWRHS Vice President Kelly Lynch said this year’s excursions will have a longer layover time, an improved catering service and more dome cars.

The society said the Joliet Rocket will be among the 765’s last mainline excursions until it installs positive train control technology on the locomotive.

The Chicago excursions will use tracks owned by Chicago commuter rail agency Metra.