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Repainting Finished in Time for NKP Convention

September 29, 2021

Just in time for the annual convention of the Nickel Plate Road Historical & Technical Society the Cincinnati Scenic Railway finished repainting a restored GP30 in a NKP livery.

No. 902 pulled an excursion on Sept. 24 for the NKP historical society on the Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad in Southwest Ohio.

The locomotive was built for the NKP in 1962 but of late had been painted in a livery of the Great Miami Railroad.

CSR had hired a contractor to repaint No. 902 but the job was delayed by several days of rain. As late as the evening before the NKP convention was to begin the contractor was still applying lettering and nose striping.

The next day No. 902 along with sister ex-NKP geep No. 901 pulled an excursion train for convention attendees that went from Lebanon to Mason and then to Monroe before returning to Lebanon.

That evening, No. 902 pulled a fundraising special to Mason and back to raise money to pay for the painting cost.

No. 901 also is painted in a NKP livery and has been used to pull Ohio Rail Experience excursion trains, which CSR oversees.

CSR owns Chesapeake & Ohio GP7 No. 5704 and a former Illinois Central GP10 that is in Conrail colors and numbered 7544.

NKP Photographer, Historian Howard Ameling Dies

October 10, 2017

Nickel Plate Road photographer and historian Howard W. Ameling died last week at age 88 after a long illness.

A retired post office employee, Mr. Ameling spent much of his life in Fremont, Ohio, which was served by two NKP predecessor railroads, the Lake Erie & Western and Wheeling & Lake Erie.

He became interested in photographing railroad operations after a visit to the Chicago Railroad Fair in 1948 and would later photograph and collect thousands of images and movies related to the NKP and its components.

He also authored numerous articles about the Nickel Plate.

Mr. Ameling was a founding member of the Nickel Plate Road Historical & Technical Society, which was organized in 1966.

The Society presented him with its first Founder’s Award. Mr. Ameling donated his collection to the society’s archives.

Mr. Ameling is survived by his wife, Dorothy, “Dot” Ameling.