Posts Tagged ‘Nickel Plate 759’

Nickel Plate Road 759 at Conneaut

July 17, 2017

Before Nickel Plate Road 765 was restored, there was NKP 759. Here NKP 759 is heading eastbound over the Norfolk & Western (ex-NKP) trestle in Conneaut on Sept. 8, 1968. This was her first excursion after rebuilding in 1968.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

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Just Being Nosey With My Camera

June 20, 2015
Erie Lackawanna No. 1245 sits at EL's Kent Yard in the late 1960s/early 1970s.

Erie Lackawanna No. 1245 sits at EL’s Kent Yard in the late 1960s/early 1970s.

Boston & Maine No. 1746 also sit at the EL yard in Kent. I saw several trains with B&M lashups in the late 1960s/early 1970s. The railfan on the right is Mike Ondecker.

Boston & Maine No. 1746 also sit at the EL yard in Kent. I saw several trains with B&M lashups in the late 1960s/early 1970s. The railfan on the right is Mike Ondecker.

SRS 138 sits in the EL's Marion yard on Dec. 30, 1972.

SRS 138 sits in the EL’s Marion yard on Dec. 30, 1972.

No, it's not Nickel Plate Rod No. 765 but NKP 759 in Conneaut on Sept. 8, 1968, where it would head its first excursion after being restored.

No, it’s not Nickel Plate Rod No. 765 but NKP 759 in Conneaut on Sept. 8, 1968, where it would head its first excursion after being restored.

Not a perfect head-on shot, but Chicago, South Shore & South Bend No. 702 suns itself on a cold March 30, 1969, in Michigan City, Indiana.

Not a perfect head-on shot, but Chicago, South Shore & South Bend No. 702 suns itself on a cold March 30, 1969, in Michigan City, Indiana.

It is back to Akron with Chessie Steam Special Chesapeake & Ohio No. 614 sitting at the Baltimore & Ohio engine facility on June 24,1981.

It is back to Akron with Chessie Steam Special Chesapeake & Ohio No. 614 sitting at the Baltimore & Ohio engine facility on June 24,1981.

I left the United States to photograph VIA 146 in Toronto on July 4, 1981.

I left the United States to photograph VIA 146 in Toronto on July 4, 1981.

For safety’s sake, I rarely took nose shots, but sometimes a locomotive would be sitting still, or I would use a telephoto lens from a safe location.

Here are a few different 30-plus-year-old “noses” taken within a day’s drive radius of Akron.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Yes, Mr. McCaleb Would Have Approved

May 24, 2015

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Jim Semon’s presentation last Friday night of Willis McCaleb’s color slides of mainly Nickel Plate Road steam is on my list of the top five programs that I’ve seen at the Akron Railroad Club.

Obviously, Mr. McCaleb’s technical quality was exceptional, but his depth of detail in capturing a scene instead of just a train photo made him one of the masters of railfan photography.

How thankful those of us who saw the program can be not only for Mr. McCaleb’s slides but Jim’s interesting narrative.

As for me, capturing a scene was a rare event. I wanted a “train” photo. Still, once in a while, I was blessed with a photo that not only captured an event but a slice of history.

I was looking for a photo to put online and went to a box of black and white negatives.

I had no idea what I’d choose but found this. It is Sept. 8, 1968, and NKP 759 is heading east over the ex-NKP trestle in Conneaut.

NKP 759 is running its first excursion after being restored in Conneaut.

Steam-starved people of all ages from die-hard railfans to families with their children seeing the beauty of a live steam locomotive for the first time lined the tracks.

Down in the valley, the field was dotted with people, cars and cameras. Perhaps Mr. McCaleb would have approved of this image. I like to think so.

Article and Photographs by Robert Farkas