Posts Tagged ‘NKP 765 on CVSR’

Steam Saturday: Lot of Memories in This Image

December 18, 2021

My first encounter with Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 was in August 1993. I had just moved to Cleveland to take a new job and had seen that there would be a steam excursion from Akron to Pittsburgh and return.

I don’t remember how I heard about it but I ordered a ticket for a Sunday trip while I was still living in State College, Pennsylvania.

The locomotive for that trip was the 765 although it was disguised as a Chesapeake & Ohio locomotive. My next encounter with the 765 would occur 17 years later when the Berkshire-type steam made its first visit to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

I missed it during its first weekend of operation but vowed I would not miss it during its last weekend. I bought a ticket for the morning trip out of Akron.

Another first occurred that afternoon when I chased the 765. At that time I didn’t know that much about the CVSR territory and had made relatively few photographs of its operations. But by 2010 that had begun to change.

I surprised myself in being able to catch the 765 in multiple locations including the image above made at Howe Meadow. The photo runbys that year were conducted at Indigo Lake. The 765 would come as far as Howe Meadow before backing up to reboard passengers.

A handful of other fans were on hand here as well. There is something about this image I’ve always liked. Much of it has to do with the pleasant memories associated with that day. But another element is symbolic. The 765 is passing out of the darkness of the shadows and into the late afternoon light. In a way this chase represented my own coming out of the darkness with the 765.

When it returned the next year I was ready and chased and photographed it on multiple occasions.

Fast Forward to September 2018. The 765 was back in the Valley just as it had been in every year previous except 2012. I had a ticket for a trip out of Akron that would be the last one for the 765 on its 2018 visit.

That would turn out to be my last encounter to date with the 765 anywhere. I didn’t plan it that way, but there seems a certain symmetry to how my last experience with the 765 on the CVSR mirrors in many ways my first one.

Article and Photograph by Craig Sanders

NKP 765 to Return to CVSR in May 2022

December 10, 2021

Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 will return to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad in 2022, but for the first time it is coming in the spring.

The CVSR and Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society, which owns and operates the Berskhire-type locomotive, said will be run May 13-15 and May 20-22.

Typically, the 765 has run on the CVSR during September. Trains will depart from Rockside Road station in Independence on May 14 and 21 and from Northside station in Akron on May 15 and 22. All of these trips will feature a photo runby.

Trips will depart Rockside Road on May 14 at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. May 21 trips depart Rockside at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Trains depart Akron on all dates at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Night excursions with photo opportunities will operate on May 13 and 21, leaving from Rockside Road station at 7:30 p.m.

The three-and-a-half hour outing will involve a night photo shoot with special lighting illuminating a stationary 765.

Other special events being held in conjunction with these excursions include dinner aboard the train, a murder mystery trip, and wine and cocktails trips for passengers age 21 and older.

All of these special events will occur on evening runs and depart from Rockside Road station.

The dinner trains will operate on May 13 and 20, the murder mystery event operates on May 13, the cocktails on the rails is set for May 20, and a canvas and wine event is slated for May 21.

The latter involves an artist providing step-by-step instruction on how to create a painting while the participates sip wine.

Ticket sales for CVSR members begin Dec. 10 with general public ticket sales starting on Dec, 14.

Fares for regular excursions range from $25 to $70 depending on the type of seating class selected.

Prices for special events range from $75 to $135 depending on seating class. Dinner train tickets range from $135 to $150 per person.

More information and ticket sales are available at https://www.cvsr.org/steam

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

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

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

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 https://fortwaynerailroad.org/track-765/?fbclid=IwAR17W052zrhbYWxRi-w_OuN0MOL_9pKmR87LemV2BQVgXHPj47zwHK45a1Q

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.

CVSR Sets Dates for Return of NKP 765

July 13, 2021

Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 will return to Northeast Ohio for a series of excursions in September the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad said today.

The Berkshire-type locomotive owned by the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society will operate on Sept. 3, 10-12 and 17-19.

Tickets range from $25 to $65 depending on the fare class purchased.

Most excursions will last two and half hours and include photo runbys. On Saturdays the trains will leave Rockside Station in Independence at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

On Sundays trains will depart Akron Northside Station at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. A night trip will leave Rockside Station at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 11.

On Sept. 3 and 18 the 765 and its train will depart Rockside Station at 7:30 p.m. for a three-and-a-half-hour round trip. About halfway through the trip, a photo shoot with special lighting will be staged as the 765 sits on static display.

Tickets for CVSR members at the brakeman level and above will go on sale on July 16 at 9 a.m. and to the public on July 20 at 9 a.m.

A series of special events are also scheduled involving the 765 including dinner on the train aboard one of the California Zephyr dome cars.

Other alcohol related trips on tap include Gin and Jazz during which a local jazz musician will perform as passengers nibble on appetizers and drink gin; the Speakeasy with appetizers and Prohibition era cocktails; Lounge+ featuring an open bar; Bottlegger Brews featuring appetizers and beer; Morning Mixers with a bloody Mary and mimosa bar, along with a muffin; and Soiree, featuring heavy appetizers and an open bar.

One special trip will involve a murder mystery while another will feature trivia games while riding behind the 765.

More information is available at https://www.cvsr.org/steam/