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Website Set up for NKP 765 Excursions

June 8, 2022

A website has been established to sell tickets and provide information about the Indiana Rail Experience excursions set for this year to be pulled by Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765.

The Lima-built Berkshire type locomotive will pull a series of excursions in July, August and September that will run in Indiana, with some trips also operating in Ohio and Michigan.

The first of those excursions will be the Indiana Ice Cream Train on July 8 and 9 departing from Angola, Indiana, for 45-minute train rides. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children (ages 3-16).

On those same dates the 765 will pull an adults-only Wine, Whiskey and Spirits train from Angola during the evening.

Tickets are $99 per person for wine and whiskey class seating and $90 per person for beer class seating. That includes two complimentary beverages per passenger, hors d’oeuvres and a dessert.

The longest trips will be the Tri-State Scenic Excursions on Aug. 27 and 28 that will operate between Edon, Ohio, and Hillsdale, Michigan.

Tickets are $79 (open widow coach), $99 (open air car), $139 (deluxe coach), $149 (diner lounge seating), and $249 (first class).

Also available are suites ranging from $499 to $529. An entire car can be chartered for $4,500 and has been dubbed executive class. The car is a restored open platform car.

The American History Train will operate from Angola Sept. 23-25. All tickets for those trips will cost $29 per person.

The site can be reached at https://www.indianarailexperience.org/the-tri-state-scenic/

Details Released on NKP 765 Excursions

June 1, 2022

Details about the planned trips in the Indiana Rail Experience featuring Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 were published this week online.

The longest trip planned will be an all-day 100-mile excursion named the Tri-State Scenic. It will run on Aug. 27 and 28 and run from Edon, Ohio, to Hillsdale, Michigan, and return.

There will be a two-hour layover in Hillsdale for passengers to visit a local farmers market, take walking tours and have lunch on their own.

Tickets are not yet on sale but are expected to start at $79 per person. Ticket classes to be offered include deluxe coach, open air, first class and executive class.

The train is expected to allow open vestibule viewing. It will be hosted by the Indiana Northeastern Railroad.

Other excursions set for the summer include the Indiana Ice Cream Train July 8-9. It will operate hour-long excursions from downtown Angola, Indiana, four times each day. Tickets will start at $15.

The Indiana Wine & Spirit Train will run on July 8-9 and Sept. 23. It will be a 2.5-hour evening excursion aboard a first-class passenger train with the wine, whiskey, beer, cigars, hors d’oeuvres, and dessert.

Passengers must be at least 21 years of age to ride. Passengers also may charter an entire private car. Tickets start at $90. The trip announcement did not say where the train will operate.

The Angola American History Train will operate Sept. 24-25 from Angola for a visit to a recreated World War II trop camp with re-enactors.

The excursion is being held in conjunction with Angola American History Days. Tickets start at $29.

A photo freight will operate on an unspecified date with tickets available by invitation only. Prospective passengers may join a wait list for the trip that is being maintained on the website of the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society.

The train will operate between South Milford, Indiana, and Edon, Ohio, and to Hillsdale, Michigan.

It will feature freight and passenger cars as well as EMD diesel locomotives. There will be a night photo session, period actors, and vintage vehicles.

FtRHS said on its website that events are being hosted in cooperation with the Little River Railroad, Norfolk & Western Business Car No. 300 Preservation Society, City of Angola, and City of Hillsdale, Michigan.

The Indiana Rail Experience is a partnership between the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society, Inc. and Indiana Northeastern.

For more information visit https://fortwaynerailroad.org/2022/05/indiana-rail-experience-events/?mc_cid=ccf4cc2438&mc_eid=2e616b48c4

Steam Saturday: 2010 NKP 765 Memories

May 27, 2022

Here are three photographs dealing with the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad’s Steam in the Valley in 2010.

In the top image Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 is eastbound on a ferry move over the Wheeling & Lake Erie near Norwalk on Sept. 9. 

In the middle is the result of a different kind of chase of southbound NKP 765 in the Cuyahoga Valley near Boston Mills on Sept. 25. 

In the bottom image, FLNX FL9 No. 484 is on the north end of the southbound CVSR train in Akron on Sept. 25. The train is on the bridge over the remains of the Ohio & Erie canal. 

Article and Photographs by Robert Farkas

45 Years Later at Stone Road

May 15, 2022

With the excursions of Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad limited to all departing from Rockside Road station and advancing only as far as Vaughn Road due to the river bank erosion north of Boston Mill, I decided to pick out a one-and-done location.

I picked Stone Road about a mile south of the Rockside Road station.

 I chose that spot for several reasons. Years ago it was a through road between Brecksville Road on the west, crossing the tracks (ex-Baltimore & Ohio) at river level, crossing the river on a truss bridge, crossing the Ohio & Erie Canal, and then intersecting with Canal Road on the east end.

The top image was made in July 1977 with Cuyahoga Valley Line (ex-Grand Trunk Western) 4070 approaching. There were even crossing signals here.

Many years ago the bridge over the river needed replacement. It was demolished and never replaced. Stone Road still comes in from the west and dead ends at the railroad.

Photographs two and three were made on Saturday shortly after the 10 a.m. departure of NKP 765.

I also guessed the parking area at the Brecksville station would be closed off due to this being the only location for the photo runbys.

I suggested to Jeff Troutman, who was riding with me, that we drive past to see. I was right so then I suggested that we should visit the new visitor center at Boston Mill.

I was there twice last year, once with Marty Surdyk and once with Ursula.

We also saw the damaged riverbank area and from what we could see that it would still be a while for the repairs to be completed.

After stopping at the visitor center, we headed for lunch at McDonalds. About noon we went down to Old Rockside to await the return of the steam excursion.

The train showed up right at 12:30 p.m. The bottom photo is the train at the boarding site. As you can see some dark clouds were moving in.

Once the passengers had detrained, the train moved to north of Old Rockside. We got a few photos of 765. As we got back to my car the heavens let loose. It lasted a few minutes but we were done anyway. It was not an all-day outing, but still an enjoyable one.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

NKP 765 Arrives in Cleveland for its CVSR Run

May 12, 2022

On Monday I got a couple of photos of the Nickel Plate Road 2-8-3 No. 765 ferry move to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. I was hoping to chase it down to Campbell Road yard but that didn’t happen.

After making good time all day on Norfolk Southern the ferry move sat at Berea for almost three three hours waiting to get into Rockport yard.  About 7:30 p.m. it finally came so I managed a couple golden hour photos.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

NKP 765 to Run on Indiana Northeastern

May 6, 2022

Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 will be exploring new territory in Indiana, Ohio and Michigan this summer.

The Indiana Northeastern has agreed to host excursions behind the Berkshire-type locomotive between July and October over multiple years.

The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society said information about the trips and ticket information will be released later this month or in early June.

Indiana Northeastern was founded in 1992 and operates over 100 miles of track that was once owned by the New York Central and Wabash railroads.

It handles more than 5,000 carloads a year for 25 shippers. The railroad has offices and a locomotive repair facility in South Milford and Hudson, Indiana, respectively.

The excursion agreement is being named the Indiana Rail Experience.

The Fort Wayne group said it will collaborate with the Little River Railroad, Norfolk & Western Business Car No. 300 Preservation Society, Steuben County Tourism Bureau, and City of Angola.

For more information visit fortwaynerailroad.org.

Steam Saturday: NKP 765 in Medina

April 30, 2022

It is Sept. 9, 2010, in Medina on the Wheeling & Lake Erie’s Akron Subdivision. Former Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 is heading east in order to make its first appearance in the Steam in the Valley program of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

In the images above, the Berkshire-type locomotive is waiting for opposing W&LE traffic to clear.

Crew members are taking advantage of the situation to conduct an inspection of their locomotive.

The top two images are the same with the middle image having been cropped. The third image is closer to the action and shows the crew at work.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Steam Sunday: Crossing River Styx

April 17, 2022

It is Oct. 8, 2014, east of Medina where Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 is crossing the River Styx trestle. The Berkshire-type locomotive is heading home to New Haven, Indiana, from the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad’s Steam in the Valley excursions and is westbound over the former Akron, Canton & Youngstown-built trestle. Paul Woodring was there also.

Article and Photograph by Robert Farkas

NKP 765 Won’t See Akron in May

March 26, 2022

There will be no steam excursions from Akron in May and resumption of Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad service to the city is not expected until July.

The change in operating plans was prompted by erosion of the bank of the Cuyahoga River to within three feet of the tracks north of Boston Mill.

The National Park Service, which owns the tracks, is overseeing a riverbank stabilization program to shore up the bank.

The erosion occurred in early March following heavy rains. Since then CVSR has been operating only from Rockside Road station in Independence.

The steam excursions, to be pulled by former Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765, will now operate out of Rockside Road for all trips.

Trips are scheduled for May 13-15 and 20-22. Schedules have been changed on the CVSR website to reflect the changes.

In a news release, CVSR said it is contacting those who purchased tickets for excursions from Akron’s Northside station.

Those who wish a refund of their fare must notify CVSR by March 29. Otherwise, the CVSR will rebook them on a trip from Rockside Road.

The 765 is owned by the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society and usually visits the CVSR in the fall.

The CVSR news release said the timeline of work for the riverbank stabilization program is still being worked out.

Trestle Tales: Finding the Out of the Ordinary

February 7, 2022

Rivers are not static. They shift course and their levels rise and fall. These developments can damage bridge abutments as happened in spring 1985 when NS had to reroute some trains and issue slow orders for others until the Painesville trestle over the Grand River could be repaired (top photo).

Over time, some bridge abutments have been replaced, the results of which can be seen in the images of the Triple Crown RoadRailer trains crossing the trestle in April 1989.

The former Nickel Plate Road route between Cleveland and Buffalo never had the high level of traffic as the parallel CSX and former New York Central route, but it had its share of out-of-the ordinary sightings.

On Oct. 27, 2004, Norfolk Southern sent an Operation Lifesaver train from Rockport Yard in Cleveland to Ashtabula and back.

The encroaching vegetation is evident on the east end of the bridge as compared to what it was in the views recorded 15 years earlier.

Another unique movements that crossed the trestle was the eastbound Lake Shore Limited using the NS route due to a CSX derailment in Painesville. Amtrak Train 48 was photographed on Oct. 13, 2007.

On July 23, 2015, a large crowd of railfan photographs turned out to photograph Nickel Plate Road 2-8-2 no. 765 cross another NKP institution on a ferry move from Cleveland (Rockport Yard) to Ashtabula to be in position to pull public excursions between Ashtabula and Youngstown.

Finally, on Aug. 3, 2016, the NS business train led by F units passed through Painesville.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas