Posts Tagged ‘NKP 765’

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

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

Steam Saturday: Some May 2013 NKP 765 Favorites

May 28, 2021

Here are some favorites from the Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 outings in late May 2013.

On Memorial Day weekend, the 765 pulled three roundtrip excursions from Lewistown to Gallitzin, Pennsylvania via Horseshoe Curve.

Jeff Troutman and I photographed the first trip on Saturday and rode the second trip on Sunday.

On Monday we set up and photographed at Horseshoe Curve before heading home.

A few days later NKP 765 worked its way home, too, to New Haven, Indiana.

In the top image, the steamer is shown at Fostoria, Pennsylvania on May 25. Next up is on Horseshoe Curve on May 27 and then in Cleveland heading westbound on May 30.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Steam Saturday: Remembering a NKP 765 Visit of May 2013

May 22, 2021

Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 was a regular visitor to Ohio in summer 2012, pulling a series of employee appreciation excursions.

The Berkshire-type locomotive made a return visit to NS rails in 2013, this time pulling excursions for which the public could purchase tickets as well as heading some employee specials.

In May 2013 the 765 ran several trips in Ohio, including some in the Cleveland area.

Here is a sample of photographs made during those trips.

In the top image, the 765 is shown near Cleveland Hopkins Airport. The next three images were made on an excursion to Bellevue and include scenes in Rocky River, Vermilion and Bellevue.

Those are followed by the return trip from Bellevue at Kimball. Next up are two images of a ferry move to Pennsylvania at Bedford and by the Westinghouse bridge in Pittsburgh.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

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 N&W in Ohio

November 14, 2020

The wayback machine on Steam Saturday has taken us to August 1982. Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 is pulling a train on Norfolk & Western tracks. This line was originally the Wheeling & Lake Erie. The photographer is unsure of the location but believes it is Orrville. This line is now a backbone of the modern W&LE.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: Steaming that New River Train

October 24, 2020

This weekend would have seen the annual fall excursions from Huntington to Hinton, West Virginia, through the New River Gorge. But this year’s excursions were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Between 1966 and 2018 the trips were sponsored by the Huntington Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society.

Following the 2018 trips, that group opted out due to rising costs. A new operator was found and the trips resumed.

Many New River Train trips were pulled by steam locomotives. In 1977 and 1978 Reading 2101 and the Chessie Steam Special were the stars.

Chesapeake & Ohio 614 pulled trips in 1980 and1981. Nickel Plate Road 765 was a regular from 1983 to 1988, and again in 1992 and 1993.

However, in 1993 the 765 was dressed as C&O 2765.

In 1994, NKP 765 was down for its 15-year rebuild so Milwaukee Road 261 was available.

That year turned out to be the last year for steam due to CSX’s reluctance to host it.

In this post are some highlights from 1987 and 1994. 

The 1987 images of NKP 765 pulling the train were made at Hurricane, East Bank, Montogomery, Cotton Hill and Thurmond.

The 1994 images of MKE 261 were made at Scott Depot, Montgomery and Prince.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

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: 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

Steam Sunday: When NKP 765 Was NKP 767

June 14, 2020

For its September 2016 appearance on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 carried roster number 767.

There is a story behind that. When the Nickel Plate donated a steam locomotive to the City of Fort Wayne it said it was No. 767.

The city has asked for the 767 because it had been the locomotive to lead the first trip on the elevated railroad right of way in downtown Fort Wayne in the 1950s.

But when workers began restoring the 767 to operating condition they discovered that it was actually former NKP 765.

The 2016 trips on the CVSR have thus far behind among the few that 765 has made disguised as the 767.

In the top photograph, it is shown at Jaite on Sept. 24, 2016.

It is shown that same day in the middle image at Boston Mill during a photo runby for passengers.

The bottom image was made on Sept. 25 in Peninsula.

Photographs by Robert Farkas