Posts Tagged ‘NKP 765 ferry move’

Steam Saturday: NKP 765 in Ferry Mode

October 23, 2021

After the completion of its restoration to operating condition in September 1979, Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 conduced its first public excursion.

It wasn’t much, just a few trips on Sept. 22 on a short piece of track near Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Bob Farkas has posted photographs of that first trip in the past so to observe the 42nd anniversary of the public debut of the 765 he sent along the two images shown above of a ferry move on the Wheeling & Lake Erie in Copley on Oct. 5, 2015.

Back then the 765 would use the Wheeling to ferry between Bellevue and Akron en route to and from its now annual appearance on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Chasing the NKP 765 Ferry Move on Monday

September 1, 2021

Crossing the Vermilion River on the NS Chicago Line in Vermilon.
Soaring over Baumhart Road between Vermilion and Amherst. The sign indicates this is in Lorain.
Crossing Ridge Road. Seeing smoke prompted someone to call the fire department.
Crossing the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland.
Backing into Campbell Road Yard in Cleveland

I went out to chase the Nickel Plate 765 ferry move on Monday. We tried to get it west of Bellevue but just missed it.  We then got it at Vermillion and Baumhart Road. 

We then chased it to Eastland Road in Brook Park but got cloud skunked there.  The 765 was supposed to overnight at Rockport yard but instead continued to Campbell Road yard in the flats so we chased it down there, too.

Photographs by Todd Dillon

NKP 765 En Route to CVSR

August 30, 2021

Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 left its home near Fort Wayne, Indiana, this morning en route to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

Unlike during past ferry moves, the Berkshire-type steam locomotive is being led by a diesel, Norfolk Southern SD70ACe No. 1183.

The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society posted on its Facebook page that although the 765 is capable of operating on its own it currently lacks its own positive train control system.

The society set there is no set scheduled but it is posting updates at

At 1:05 p.m. the 765 was reported to be in Fostoria. The ferry move will reportedly run east of Bellevue on the Cleveland District and take the connection at Vermillon to the Chicago Line to head for Rockport Yard in Cleveland.

The steamer will reportedly move to the CVSR on Tuesday. Excursions behind the 765 on the CVSR have been scheduled for Sept. 3, 10-12, and 17-19.

After completing its time on the CVSR, the 765 will head for Bellevue and participate in a series of events at the Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum between Sept. 24 and Oct. 3.

Steam Saturday: One Day in Massillon

December 12, 2020

Back on Aug. 21, 2012, Nickel Plate Road 4-8-4 No. 765 ran a ferry move from Pittsburgh to Bellevue as part of its return to its home in New Haven, Indiana.

I picked up Paul Woodring in Akron and we headed south to Massillon to begin a chase that would consume much of the day and end in Bellevue.

My goal was to recreate somewhat an image that the late Robert Redmond had made here in 1948. That image, though showed a Pennsylvania Railroad T-1 coming out of the bridge headed westbound. My photograph would feature a Berkshire-type steamer.

It was published in my book Canton Area Railroads.

There were a handful of other railfans waiting with us for the ferry move to come. From a photography standpoint, conditions were less than ideal.

The Fort Wayne Line curves northwestward here which meant the 765 and its train would be coming out of the sun, which in August is still pretty high in sky. It didn’t help that it was about mid day when the ferry move came through.

But those were the conditions I had to deal with to get the photograph.

There is something about getting a train coming out of a large through truss bridge with all of that steel and its orderly patterns and lines.

The Massillon bridge over the Tuscarawas River is among the few of its kind built on a curve.

Countless trains have crossed this bridge including such Pennsy Blue Ribbon Fleet trains as the Broadway Limited, the General, the Admiral, the Trail Blazer, the Liberty Limited and the Red Arrow.

Not only is the Fort Wayne Line through Massillon freight only today but there aren’t that many freight trains using it, either.

I got my photographs and admired the train but not for long. We didn’t have time to tarry for we planned to capture the 765 in other places, too.

Steam Saturday: NKP 765 On the Road

October 17, 2020

It’s early September 2014 and Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 is on the road en route to Northeast Ohio where it is slated to pull a series of excursions on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. For some railfan photographers, getting a 765 ferry move was just as important than getting it in the Valley.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: NKP 765 in Bellevue

September 26, 2020

For today’s steam Saturday we gone back five years to catch Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 in Bellevue. The Berkshire-type locomotive is on the Brewster Connection to the Wheeling & Lake Erie heading east to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad for Steam in the Valley 2015.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: NKP 765 Memories

September 12, 2020

Had this been a normal year, some railfans might have today been headed for the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad to see Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 in action.

We can’t, of course, assume that the NKP 765 would have been in the Valley, but it seems a good bet that had there been no pandemic the steamer would have made the trip from Indiana to pull a series of excursions on the CVSR has it has done for the past several years.

All we know for certain is that there will be no steam in the Valley in 2020.

Nonetheless, we still have many memories and here are two of them.

In the top image, NKP 765 and the Nickel Plate Road heritage locomotive of Norfolk Southern are in Bucyrus on July 21, 2012.

In the bottom image, NKP 765′ and its tool car on on a ferry movement to the CVSR on Sep. 9, 2010.

It is shown on the Wheeling & Lake Erie heading east near Norwalk after having passed under the U.S. Route 20/Ohio Route 18 bridge.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: Headed for Steam in the Valley

August 15, 2020

Paul Woodring and I chased Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 eastbound on the Wheeling & Lake Erie on Sept. 19, 2010. The Berkshire-type locomotive is shown west of Medina heading for the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad’s Steam in the Valley 2010.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: Not That Long Ago, Right?

July 11, 2020

It’s Aug. 21, 2012 and Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 is cruising westbound through Canton en route to Bellevue.

The Berkshire type has recently pulled some excursions in Pennsylvania and is ferrying westward.

Those of us who chased the 765 on this move or during its time in Ohio that year probably don’t think this happened that long ago.

It was just few years ago, right? Actually it was almost eight years ago.

The tracks here used to be the mainline of the Pennsylvania Railroad between Chicago and New York.

The NKP was a nominal competitor with the Pennsy in the Chicago-New York passenger market even though the Nickel Plate didn’t have it own track east of Buffalo, New York.

But more that five decades after the PRR last operated its own passenger trains on the run that history has been lost to all except those with an interest in railroad history.

Behind the auxiliary tender of the 765 is the NKP heritage unit of Norfolk Southern.

There is some PRR heritage to be seen here in the signal bridges with Pennsy-style position light signal heads to protect the crossing at WANDLE between the NS Fort Wayne Line and the Wheeling & Lake Erie’s Canton Subdivision. Those signal bridges have since been removed.

It is far from certain that NKP 765 will ever operate on these rails again.

But NS 8100, the NKP heritage unit, could well be helping to pull a regular NS freight train.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Whole Lotta Heritage Going By

May 23, 2020

This was one of those days when a cloudy sky was a benefit to photography.

Had it been sunny much of the detail of Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 would have been lost in the shadows.

The Berkshire-type locomotives is steaming through Alliance on May 30, 2013.

Note that trailing it are the Pennsylvania Railroad and Conrail heritage locomotives of Norfolk Southern.

Photograph by Robert Farkas