Posts Tagged ‘Nickel Plate Road No. 765’

NKP 765 Back Home Again in Indiana

October 7, 2021

Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 returned home to New Haven, Indiana, On Monday after spending much of September in Ohio.

The Berkshire-type locomotive pulled excursions on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad in Northeast Ohio and then put in an appearance at the Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum in Bellevue.

While in Bellevue, the 765 was reunited with one-time running mate NKP 757, which is being cosmetically restored by the Mad River museum.

It was the first time two NKP Berkshire locomotives were coupled together since the early 1960s when many steam locomotives were lined up waiting to be scrapped.

Museum officials said that more than 2,000 purchased tickets for caboose rides, hostling tours, and a night photo session.

They said several hundred more showed up just to see the two locomotives together.

During the event, the 765 crew ran a steam line to No. 757 to allow the latter’s whistle to sound. During the night photo session, a third Berkshire made a temporary appearance with No. 765 assuming the cosmetic role of Wheeling & Lake Erie No. 828, whose whistle has been featured on the 765 previously.

Some cosmetic changes to the 765 were undertaken to give it the appearance of a W&LE steamer.

The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society, which owns the 765 said planning is underway to celebrate the locomotive’s 50th anniversary next year.

Society officials said they are talking with various possible hosts in locations the 765 might be able to visit.

FtWRHS Vice President Kelly Lynch said next year also is the 50th anniversary of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, so plans for a special Steam in the Valley experience are in the works.

Sunday with NKP 765 in Bellevue

October 5, 2021

This past Sunday I was at the Berkshires in Bellevue event with my brother-in-law Karl West, his son (my nephew) Owen, and Jeff Troutman.

What had been forecast as an all-day rain turned out party cloudy and some sun the whole time we were there.

We had four tickets to ride in the cupola in Nickel Plate caboose 783 on the 1 p.m. shuttle behind with NKP 2-8-4 No. 765.

On an adjacent track on static display was NKP Berkshire-type No. 757, which I photographed from the caboose cupola.

I had two tickets for the 2 p.m. NKP 765 cab ride which I shared with Owen. We both enjoyed the experience.

After our shuttle excursions we visited the Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum. Shown are images made from the cab of former Wabash F7 No. 671 and former NKP GP30 No. 900.

 It’s great to have some fantastic railroad museums that far from home.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Steam Saturday: Suitable for Framing

September 25, 2021

Both of these black and white images were made on Sept. 24, 2011, during a southbound steam in the valley excursion on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. The top image was made at Indigo Lake while the bottom image shows the train crossing the Ohio & Erie Canal in Akron.

The type of lighting at these two spots along with the post processing changes the mood in each photo.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: Another Bellevue Visit

September 25, 2021

Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 has been in Bellevue many times over the years. One of those visits occurred on May 12, 2013, when it pulled an excursion train into Bellevue from Rocky River.

That would have made it a total NKP experience given that the track used for the excursion once belonged to the Nickel Plate.

Bellevue was a major service point for the Nickel Plate and during the steam era the 765 and other Berkshire-type locomotives were frequent visitors there.

In the photograph above, the 765 is on a former Wheeling & Lake Erie line to Toledo with the Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum in the background.

A Difference of 37 Years

September 20, 2021

I found a photo I took on Sept. 22, 1984, of former Grand Trunk Western No. 4070 on the Cuyahoga Valley Line at the intersection of Portage Path & Merriman Roads in Akron.

I wanted to duplicate that shot with Nickel Plate Road’s 765 during its visit this month to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

On the Sunday morning ferry move to Akron I did that.

In the morning the sun favors the fireman’s side of a southbound train. However, at this location the railroad shifts facing west to east, thus the sun favors the engineer’s side.

The lighting was perfect for the 9:35 a.m. arrival.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Steam Saturday: 10 Years Ago This Week

September 17, 2021

It was 10 years ago Friday (Sept. 17, 2011) that Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 made its first and only foray to Canton pulling a Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad train.

Photographer Robert Farkas decided to try a technique that day that had been suggested to him by a friend who said that photographers of automobiles seek to use a dark background in an effort to get better images.

Bob tried that technique several times while chasing the 765 as it pulled what was billed as a total track tour that originated at Rockside Road station in Independence and covered all of the track used by the CVSR at that time.

The top and subsequent images were made in Peninsula. In the third image the 765 and its train are slowing for a stop near North Canton.

The fourth image shows the train leaving North Canton while the bottom image was made as the train ran southward in Canton.

The following year Ohio Central 4-5-2 No. 1293 made a trip that proved to be the last steam excursion to Canton via the CVSR.

CVSR suspended service to Canton in August 2013 and it has yet to return.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

A Fascination With Steam in the Valley

September 16, 2021

Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 will conclude its visit to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad this weekend with a series of excursions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

It arrived on the CVSR during the first week of the month and has already pulled several trips that drew hundreds of passengers and spectators.

For many, the attraction of watching the big Berkshire-type locomotive in action is scenes like the one above of the 765 putting on a show for a photo runby.

This image was made on Sept. 14, 2014, at Boston Mill. That used to be where the photo runbys were staged.

Boston Mill has changed in the past two years with the CVSR station having been moved further south and a new visitors center having opened in a former apartment building.

If you’ve been following the story line this week of Ed Ribinskas’ series about steam at Boston Mill you’ve seen and read about those changes.

The 765 will be moving on soon although not before spending some time in Bellevue at the Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum later this month.

We probably can expect to see the 765 back in the Valley next year but those things are never guaranteed. Every time the 765 comes back you need to approach its visit as though it might be the last.

But, oh, the memories and photographs you’ll make that will always stay with you.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

A Renewed Fascination With Boston Mill: 4

September 16, 2021

Last Saturday the weather was ideal as I made my way to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad to make the final series of images that would conclude my series on steam motive power at Boston Mill.

I talked with several people who had no idea what was coming and they did wait around for the Nickel Plate Road 765 to arrive.

There were no white chains, no “keep out” or “no parking signs,”; it was just the normal signs that are always up.

Cars were parked at spots on Riverview Road like the old days and they were not bothered.

The top image shows the 765 passing through Boston Mill at 10:30 a.m. The middle image shows the afternoon trip at 2:37 p.m.

Both of these excursions had originated at Rockside Road station in Independence.

The third image shows FPA-4 No. 6777, which provided motive power when the train was operating northbound.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

A Renewed Fascination With Boston Mill: 3

September 15, 2021

Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 has been a September visitor to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad since from 2010 except for 2012 and 2020.

What will become the Cuyahoga Valley Visitor Center in late 2019, was still apartments when these photographs were made in September 2013.

Note the Boston Mill station/shelter on the northwest corner of the road crossing, the former site of Cleveland-Akron Bag Company.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Steam Saturday: NKP 765 in the Valley

September 4, 2021

Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 returned to the Cuyahoga Valley on Friday night by pulling an excursion out of Rockside Road station that featured a night photo shoot.

The Berkshire-type steam locomotive owned by the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society will pull various other trips from Rockside Road and from Akron on Sept. 10-12 and Sept. 17-19.

Generally, Saturday trips will leave from Rockside Road while Sunday trips will depart from Akron. During the visit of the NKP 765 the National Park Scenic will not operate on Sept. 11, 12, 18 or 19.

In the image above, the 765 is shown with a southbound train running south of Jaite on Sept. 23, 2017.

Photograph by Robert Farkas