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Dillon to Present at ARRC End of Year Dinner

November 28, 2022

The Akron Railroad Club will be holding its annual end of year dinner on Saturday (Dec. 3) at the New Era restaurant in Akron. The event is limited to 40 participants.

The program will be presented by ARRC President Todd Dillon.

His program will focus heavily on the Chicago Transit Authority’s 75th anniversary. This will include photographs from the Chicago elevated and the Fox River museum and the Illinois Railway Museum.

Also included will be photographs from the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad and a Nickel Plate Road 765 excursion in Indiana.

Shown above are a few images from Todd’s program that he will present on Saturday night.

Photographs by Todd Dillon

Steam Saturday: Chasing NKP 765

November 26, 2022

Here are a pair of images of Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 from 2012 when it was pulling Norfolk Southern employee appreciation excursions on the Sandusky District between Bellevue and Bucyrus.

Paul Woodring was with me on this day chasing the Berkshire locomotive.

Both photographs were made on the morning of July 21 near Flat Rock. The NKP 765 was accompanied by NS 8100, the Nickel Plate heritage locomotive.

In both images the train is moving southward, although on the railroad the direction of travel is eastbound.

Photographs by Robert Farkas 

Steam Saturday: Remember These ARRC Outings?

November 5, 2022

It’s a nice warm fall Sunday afternoon in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The Akron Railroad Club is having a picnic at the Valley Picnic Area along Riverview Road south of Peninsula. Chef Marty Surdyk is cooking burgers and dogs on the grill and other goodies are laid out on a table.

The impetus for the picnic is about to arrive, so many of the attendees have walked a short distance to get a better view of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad tracks.

Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 767 — yes you read that right — is on the property to pull excursion trains on the CVSR. You know this locomotive as No. 765, but for the 2016 runs on the CVSR the engine was renumbered 767.

There is a long story behind why the 765 operated as the 767 for two weekends on the CVSR in September 2016. It goes back to the 1950s when Nickel Plate Road No. 767 participated in a grand opening ceremony in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to mark the completion of a track elevation project through downtown Fort Wayne.

When the NKP offered to give the city a retired steam engine to put on static display in a park, officials requested No. 767. But the 767 had been scrapped and in a bit of subterfuge, the railroad sent No. 765 renumbered as No. 767.

That sleight of hand went unnoticed for years until the Fort Wayne Railroad History Society began restoring the 767 to operating condition and discovered it was actually No. 765.

In summer 2016 a ceremony was held in Fort Wayne to mark the beginning of the Headwaters Junction project. That railroad-themed park will someday be the home of the 765. For that ceremony the 765 was renumbered 767 and it continued to wear that roster number during its two weeks on the CVSR in September.

But getting back to the ARRC picnic, the afternoon northbound trip that originated in Akron is coming with the 767 trailing.

We’ve gathered on a slight hill along Riverview that offers a clear view of the tracks. Cameras are poised to capture the 767 as the excursion train goes past the photo line during its trip up from Akron.

We’ll repeat all of this in another hour when the 767 pulls the train back to Akron and past the picnic area.

The ARRC would hold another picnic in September 2017 when the 765 returned to the CVSR for another slate of excursions. That year it operated as 765 and carried a tribute to Jerry Joe Jacobson, who had died earlier that year, on the sides of the locomotive below the cab.

In looking at the 2917 image, which shows the excursion returning to Akron, I’m struck by how Riverview Road was almost empty when the 765 arrived. Some years there was a posse of vehicles chasing the train along Riverview, including one guy who paced the steamer and backed up traffic in the process.

In both 2016 and 2917 the CVSR’s regular train, the National Park Scenic, operated, thus giving us another train to watch. In later years that would not be the case when the 765 was running excursions.

The 2017 picnic would be the last time the ARRC held an outing in the Valley to picnic and watch the steam train.

Chasing NKP 765 Through 3 States

August 28, 2022

Leaving Edon, Ohio
Passing the depot in Pleasant Lake, Indiana
Passing the old depot in Montgomery, Indiana
Coming into Hillsdale, Michigan
Little River Railroad No. 110 in Hillsdale.

This past weekend Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 ran a series of trips on the Indiana Northeastern railroad between Edon Ohio, and Hillsdale, Michigan.

Light was challenging because it first runs due west from Edon (shooting into the sun) before tuning north at Steubenville, Indiana. Going north the light was good and turning east again at Hillsdale for a short distance was also good.

A bonus was the Little River railroad was running short trips (very short of 12 minutes each direction) with their No. 1 a 0-4-0, and No. 110, a small Pacific type.

Fun fact: The 110, which was built by Baldwin locomotive works in 1911, is one serial number off from Southern Railway No. 4501 (also a Pacific) meaning they shared the shop floor together during construction.  Lighting was especially challenging here.

Around 3:30 p.m. the 765 returned south and lighting was good until it turned back east again (shooting into the sun).  I managed to get some good pictures all the same and here are a few.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

Steam Saturday: Headed Home Through Copley

July 23, 2022

This image of Nickel Plate Road 2-8-2 No. 765 was taken across the street from the former Akron, Canton & Youngstown depot in Copley. The Berkshire is running westbound on the Wheeling & Lake Erie on a return home to Indiana after pulling several excursions for the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad’s 2015 “Steam in the Valley. The view is looking railroad east.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Additional NKP 765 Trip Added This Fall

July 22, 2022

The Indiana Rail Experience has added a third Tri-State Scenic trip to be pulled by Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765.

The Oct. 1 excursion will operate between Edon, Ohio and Hillsdale, Michigan, with a three-hour layover in Hillsdale, Michigan, on Oct. 1.  

The train will travel over tracks of the Indiana Northeastern.

Although tickets are being sold in six classes, as of Friday morning (July 22), only three classes of tickets were still available. Tickets can be purchased at https://fortwaynerailroad.ticketspice.com/the-tri-state-scenic?mc_cid=305fa72bb5&mc_eid=84a4623669

Saturday With an Old Friend

July 11, 2022
Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 poses in Angola, Indiana, before pulling the first of four Indiana Ice Cream Train trips on Saturday.
Getting underway for the first excursion of the day.
The locomotive engineer of NKP 765 relaxes in Angola before making his first run.
Indiana Northeastern GP9H No. 5903 pulls the second ice cream train south of Angola.
NKP 765 is along for the ride as the ice cream train continues on to Pleasant Lake.
Passing the former New York Central depot in Pleasant Lake on the way back north.

The Indiana Rail Experience with Nickel Plate Road 2-8-3 No. 765 got underway this past weekend with the Indiana Ice Cream Train excursions on Friday and Saturday.

The sold out 45-minute excursions departed from a former New York Central depot in Angola, Indiana, on track now used by the Indiana Northeastern. The station itself, which houses a restaurant, is on the campus of Trine University.

The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society, owner of NKP 765, has an agreement with the short line railroad that serves Indiana, Ohio and Michigan, to run a series of excursions this year and beyond.

I made the drive north on Interstate 69 to Angola on Saturday morning with a stopover in Waterloo to catch a late westbound Lake Shore Limited and three Norfolk Southern eastbounds.

Arriving in Angola around 11 a.m., it was easy to find the Ice Cream train because it was parked just south of West Maumee Street, the main east-west artery in town.

The nose of the 765 was pointed north. Later in the day that would mean less-than-ideal lighting conditions.

I had not seen the 765 since September 2018 so it felt good to visit a long-lost friend. The Berkshire-type engine gleamed in the late morning sunlight under a cloudless sky.

Although there was a crowd milling about, it was easy to make images of the static locomotive without people barging into my photos.

The Ice Cream Train departed four times each day, alternating going north and south of town. Passengers were given a cup of ice cream before boarding.

The first trip went north. After photographing it leaving the boarding site, I gave chase even though I really didn’t know that well where I was going.

I saw smoke in the distance so I knew I was close behind. I kept going, looked down a road to my left and caught a glimpse of the train.

I turned left onto the next road that, presumably, went to the tracks. A crowd of locals and railfan photographs had gathered at the crossing.

The sight lines and lighting were good. But after several minutes of waiting, some of the railfan photographers began leaving. The locals quickly followed suit.

It turned out we were one crossing too far north of where the excursion train stopped and reversed direction to return to Angola.

I drove back into town without having made any images on this chase. I kept going to look for a photo site for the second excursion.

I found one not too far out of town. A guy from Geneva, Illinois, was already there. Two other fans showed up shortly after I arrived and set up their video cameras.

After waiting for a while, I spotted the headlight of Indiana Northeast GP9H No. 5903, which pulled the train southward.

After getting my photographs, I followed the train, which I had been told would halt just south of the depot in Pleasant Lake.

A least two of the vehicles ahead of me on Old Route U.S. 27 were railfans and I followed them, hoping they knew where they were going. They did.

Several photographers and a few locals were on hand next to the volunteer fire department. An interesting site at the firehouse was two people on horseback talking with the fire department staff.

The 765 was a short distance beyond the depot and a photo line had formed.

After getting my images I tried to catch and get ahead of the train. But that effort failed due to my unfamiliarity with the streets on the south side of Angola.

I waited for the third excursion of the day to leave and snapped a few images before heading back home.

There are excursions planned for late summer and during the fall with additional trips, perhaps, to be announced.

Next time I’m up that way I’ll be better prepared to chase now that I have explored the territory.

Nonetheless, I was more than satisfied with what I was able to get.

Article by Craig Sanders

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