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Chasing NKP 765 Was Easiest in Youngstown

July 27, 2015
The 765 trails on the backup move to Hubbard on Saturday. This is my favorite photo of the two days as it reminds me of the many photos Dave McKay used to take in the Youngstown area.   Taken from an overpass just east Covelli Center

The 765 trails on the backup move to Hubbard on Saturday. This is my favorite photo of the two days as it reminds me of the many photos Dave McKay used to take in the Youngstown area. Taken from an overpass just east Covelli Center

In chasing the Nickel Plate Road 765 Ashtabula trips last weekend I discovered two things.

First, it is not very easy to chase this line.  Second, the majority of good photos were in Youngstown.

Yes, there are some nice locations along the line but at the speeds that the 765 was travelling it was difficult to keep up.  No four lane highway directly parallels the Youngstown Line as ws the case for the Indiana trip chase.

However, in Youngstown there were several good spots in close proximity.  Even better, the train made several reverse moves to access the loading facility at the Covelli Center.

In the afternoon, the sequence was as follows.  The train would pull in from Ashtabula with the 765 leading.  Then it would back in on the line to unload.

After unloading, the 765 would pull east. The train would reverse to Hubbard where a wye is located.

The train would turn here and then back into the Haselton Yard to stay overnight.  An SD40-2 was provided to assist with these and stayed with the train to help at Ashtabula.

All these moves were at slow speed and provided many good opportunities for photographs and video.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

Heading north at Bell Wick Road at Hubbard on Sunday morning.  The railroad turns east west for a distance here with good sun in both directions.

Heading north at Bell Wick Road at Hubbard on Sunday morning. The railroad turns east west for a distance here with good sun in both directions.

Pulling out of Covelli Center after unloading on Sunday.

Pulling out of Covelli Center after unloading on Sunday.

Leading Sunday's train into Youngstown.

Leading Sunday’s train into Youngstown.

A coal train followed shortly after.

A coal train followed shortly after.

The 765 charges out of town Sunday morning.

The 765 charges out of town Sunday morning.

The steam locmotive wasn't the only thing of interest this weekend.  Rick Rowlands showed up with this old hi-rail truck lettered for Conrail.

The steam locmotive wasn’t the only thing of interest this weekend. Rick Rowlands showed up with this old hi-rail truck lettered for Conrail.

NS 3479 leads the backup move to Hubbard on Saturday

NKP 765 Assaulting Carson Hill in Ashtabula

July 26, 2015
Hearing the seeing the Nickel Plate Road 765 work up Carson hill in Ashtabula was quite an experience. This is my favorite photo of the day.

Hearing and seeing the Nickel Plate Road 765 work up Carson hill in Ashtabula was quite an experience. This is my favorite photo of the day.

While photographing Nickel Plate Road No. 765 on Thursday in Ashtabula as it made a service stop, I heard Rich Melvin of the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society talk about there being a “hell of a hill” on the Youngstown Line of Norfolk Southern leaving town.

On Saturday afternoon I decided to check it out as the 2-8-4 Lima-built Berkshire assaulted the hill with a load of passengers on the return leg of a public excursion between Youngstown and Ashtabula.

I decided to forego going into town to look for the train in favor of scouting photo locations. I liked Plymouth Road because the tracks curve to the south here and the location is fairly open and parking would not be difficult.

A handful of other fans were on hand, including Drayton Blackgrove, a Michigan college student I had met while chasing the 765 last year on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. He runs an outfit named Delay in Block Productions and posts videos on YouTube.com.

This year he had a drone and it was the first time that I got to see someone up close operate one of those things. I was amazed at how quickly that thing can take off.

Although I heard the 765 talking on the radio when it was ready to leave, what I was really listening for was the sound of a steam locomotive working upgrade.

I was not disappointed. Melvin was at the throttle as the 765 ascended Carson hill, putting on a show that was a pure delight for the eyes and the ears alike.

I later caught the 765 just south of Dorset, although I got there a little too late, and again at the U.S. 322 crossing at Wick. With that I decided to head for home. It had been a most enjoyable day chasing the 765.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

Coming into the curve on Carson hill near the hamlet of Plymouth Center.

Coming into the curve on Carson hill near the hamlet of Plymouth Center.

Blowing the whistle for Plymouth Road. Until about five to 10  minutes before the train arrived, two NS signal maintainer were working to get the grade crossing flashers back in working order.

Blowing the whistle for Plymouth Road. Until about five to 10 minutes before the train arrived, two NS signal maintainer were working to get the grade crossing flashers back in working order.

NKP 765 and its train are 26 miles out of Ashtabula on a former New York Central line that now known as the Youngstown Line of Norfolk Southern. The train is approaching Wick.

NKP 765 and its train are 26 miles out of Ashtabula on a former New York Central line that now known as the Youngstown Line of Norfolk Southern. The train is approaching Wick.

About to cross U.S. 322 at Wick en route back to Youngstown.

About to cross U.S. 322 at Wick en route back to Youngstown.

Easing past the cemetery south of Dorset. Cloudy conditions were a challenge here.

Easing past the cemetery south of Dorset. Cloudy conditions were a challenge here.

The crew of the helper locomotive greets the locals as the train rolls through Wick.

The crew of the helper locomotive greets the locals as the train rolls through Wick.

Early Evening in Brookfield Center with NKP 765

July 25, 2015

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It was 6:24 p.m. on Thursday when Nickel Plate Road No. 765 arrived at Brookfield Center, Ohio. The skies had cleared, the light was still good and there was enough open space to not just park but to be blessed by decent images. Even though there was a 10 mph slow order, the crew put out some black smoke for the photographers. Coming and going, she and her whole train were beautiful. Thank you NKP 765, your crew, Norfolk Southern and all the others who made this possible.

Article and Photograph by Robert Farkas

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Heritage Meet in Ashtabula: NKP 765, NS 1069

July 24, 2015
The engineer of the 765 waves at the crew of the 145. The two locomotives then exchanged whistle greetings.

The engineer of the 765 waves at the crew of the 145. The two locomotives then exchanged whistle greetings.

Nose to nose in the image that I really wanted to make.

Nose to nose in the image that I really wanted to make.

The nose of NS 1069 reflects on the tender of the NKP 765

The nose of NS 1069 reflects on the tender of the NKP 765

In the back of my mind I knew it was possible, although it seemed unlikely. The Virginian heritage locomotive of Norfolk Southern was leading the 145 westward on the former Nickel Plate Road route between Cleveland and Buffalo, New York.

NKP 765 would use that line between Cleveland and Ashtabula, Ohio, on Thursday as part of its ferry move to Youngstown for a pair of weekend excursions.

But with the 26R, 22K, 206 and 310 immediately preceeding the 765 ferry move eastbound — which carried symbol 958 — the 145 was marooned in Conneaut, Ohio.

For that matter, the 23K was stuck in the siding in Unionville waiting for all five trains to pass.

After shooting the 765 crossing the Grand River on the trestle in Painesville, fellow Akron Railroad Club member Peter Bowler and I gave chase, but were unable to catch the 958 until right before Ashtabula.

We heard on the radio that the 958 would re-crew at Woodman Road and that it was going into the siding.

As we drove down Woodman, the 145 was talking to the Youngstown Line dispatcher. Maybe there was a chance. As it turned out, the 958 would wait for the 145 to pass before proceeding toward the connection to the Youngstown Line.

The 145 went into emergency about half-mile to the east, a separated air hose the culprit. After everything was repaired, it was on its way.  It was the photo opportunity of the day.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

NKP 765 on the Move to Youngstown

July 24, 2015

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Nickel Plate Road No. 765 is in Northeast Ohio this weekend to pull two public excursions between Youngstown and Ashtabula. The big Berkshire left its home in New Haven, Indiana, on Wednesday morning and traveled over the former Wabash mainline from Fort Wayne to Butler, Indiana, where it joined the Chicago Line for the trip to Cleveland.

After spending the night in Rockport Yard, the 765 left Thursday morning for the next leg of the trip into Youngstown. Although it left the yard at 10:21 a.m., the 765 didn’t get far.

It had to wait for three eastbound Norfolk Southern freight trains to clear. Once it got track, it was clearly sailing to Ashtabula for a crew change and mini service stop. Then it was on to Youngstown.

The 765 will be back in action on Saturday and Sunday pulling trips that originate in downtown Youngstown.

In the above photographs, the 765 is shown on Thursday in Cleveland and at an undisclosed location on the Youngstown Line.

Photographs by Todd Dillon

Toledo Newspaper Reports That NKP 765 Ferry Move Will Use NS Chicago Line on Wednesday

July 21, 2015

The Blade of Toledo is reporting that Nickel Road No. 765 will use the Chicago Line of Norfolk Southern to makes its ferry move on Wednesday.

The newspaper said that the steamer will leave its home near Fort Wayne, Indiana, and travel via the former Wabash mainline to Butler, Indiana, where it will then take the ex-New York Central line to Cleveland.

The 765 is expected to pass through Toledo in the afternoon en route to Youngstown, Ohio. Two public excursions using the Youngstown Line will be run this weekend.

Akron Railroad Club member Todd Dillon reports that plans are for the 765 to spend the night in Rockport Yard in Cleveland on Wednesday and depart for Youngstown on Thursday morning.

A ferry trip is “sort of like bonus operations for people who like locomotives,” said Kelly Lynch, communications chief for the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society.

Lynch said that while it is hard to predict exactly when the train will be passing through, live updates will be posted to the train’s Twitter account, @NickelPlate765.

The weekend excursions will depart from the Covelli Centre in downtown Youngstown and about 1,700 people are expected to ride.

Each excursion departs from Youngstown in the morning and returns in the evening after a layover in Ashtabula on Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets, which start at $89, will be on sale to the public through Thursday and Friday and include a box lunch. Visit fortwaynerailroad.org or call 1-888-718-4253 for more information.

Chasing the Wabash Cannon Ball, a.k.a. NKP 765

July 20, 2015
Nickel Plate Road 765 pulls the Wabash Cannon Ball as seen from an overpass near Delphi, Indiana.

Nickel Plate Road 765 pulls the Wabash Cannon Ball as seen from an overpass near Delphi, Indiana.

Railfanning can be broken down into two basic activities.  The first is to sit someplace and let the trains come to you.

Places like Berea with its multitude of traffic are perfect for this but it can be done anyplace there are train tracks.

The second is the chase. This is, as implied, finding a train and chasing it while getting photos at different spots along the way.

This latter technique is what I used last weekend chasing the Nickel Plate Road 765 trips between Ft Wayne and Lafayette, Indiana.

In chasing a train it is generally helpful to have knowledge of the area the railroad runs in, especially parallel and intersecting roads.

The better your knowledge of the railroad operations, including train speeds and good photo locations, the better your chances for a successful chase.

Now on Saturday’s trip I was pretty familiar with the former Wabash mainline from when I had lived in Indiana.

However, other than a quick chase of N&W 2156 earlier this year I had not been in this territory in more than 10 years.

Between Logansport and Lafayette a brand new four-lane highway had been built. Ten years ago it was just a two-lane road here.

This turned out to be a good thing as it is directly parallel to the railroad almost the entire route.  Many new overpasses have also been that cross the railroad, providing lots of new photo opportunities.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

Making just a little smoke at Colburn, Indiana.

Making just a little smoke at Colburn, Indiana.

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Crossing a bridge at Andrews, Indiana, that had been damaged by heavy flooding last month.

The obligatory grain elevator shot at Rich Mills, Indiana.

The obligatory grain elevator shot at Rich Mills, Indiana.

Passing another grain elevator at Roanoke, Indiana.

Passing another grain elevator at Roanoke, Indiana.

Crossing a bridge at Largo, Indiana.

Night photo shoot at New Haven, Indiana.

Night photo shoot at New Haven, Indiana.

NKP 765 Sporting Enlarged Coal Bunker

July 20, 2015

When Nickel Plate Road No. 765 runs in Ohio this weekend it will be sporting a tender with a removable extension to its coal bunker.

“The increased capacity allows No. 765 to complete longer public trips without the need for a diesel,” said Kelly Lynch, the communications manager for the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society. “The extension can furnish an additional 6 tons, bringing the bunker’s total capacity to 28 tons.”

No. 765 will lead public excursions between Youngstown and Ashtabula, Ohio, over the weekend of July 25-26.

For more information about No. 765 and its upcoming excursions, go to www.fortwaynerailroad.org.

NKP 765 to Make Test Trips on Friday

July 9, 2015

Nickel Plate Road No. 765 will operate a shakedown run on Friday over Norfolk Southern tracks between New Haven, Indiana, and Leipsic, Ohio.

The runs are in preparation for the first excursion of the season for the 2-8-4 Berkshire on July 18-19 between Fort Wayne and Lafayette, Indiana.

Tickets for those trips are still available at fortwaynerailroad.org.

The 765 will be back in action on July 25-26 in Ohio when it pulls trips on the NS Youngstown Line between Youngstown and Ashtabula.

“We’re excited to partner with Norfolk Southern again to offer these great experiences to people close to home and throughout the country,” said Bill Otter, president of the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society, which owns the 765.

Dates Changed for NKP 765 Trips in Pennsylvania

May 21, 2015

New dates have been set for some excursions that will be pulled in Pennsylvania by Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765.

The trips between Allentown and Pittston that had been set for Aug. 8-9 have been rescheduled for Aug. 22-23.

Tickets for these trips as well as excursions out of Buffalo, New York, will go on sale on June 1 at 9 a.m.

The Buffalo trips are scheduled to run on Aug. 1 and 2. For more information, go to www.fortwaynerailroad.org.

New trips behind Southern Railway 2-8-2 No. 4501 have also been announced. The locomotive will pull a 220-mile round-trip excursion with diesel assistance from Bristol to Radford, Virginia, on June 26.

That trip will take the Radford Rambler over former Norfolk & Western tracks that are now part of the Virginia Division of Norfolk Southern.

No. 4501 is also set to pull excursions from Bristol to Bulls Gap, Virginia, on June 27 and another Bristol–Radford round trip on June 28. Tickets are available at tvrail.com.


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