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NKP 765 Ferrying in Cleveland

September 21, 2018

Since the ferry move of Nickel Plate Road No. 765 was at night and through the wee hours of the morning I didn’t have to go out to Bellevue to get it.

This year was a different way to get to the valley. These photos are after the train was turned on the wye at Rockport. These photos are at Brookpark Road and the Chevy plant and B&O crossing.

The top photo shows the 765 crossing Brookpark on the connection from the Belt line to the B&O yard.

Photos two through five show the train backing on CSX (B&O/CL&W) to cross the belt line and continue on the CL&W where it parallels Interstate 71 to RD and connecting to the Valley still on CSX but facing the proper direction.

What was gratifying with the move was the cooperation of CSX and no diesel whatsoever.

Photos six through eight show the 765 backing on the CL&W to connect with the CT&V at RD at Jennings near Harvard, still on CSX.

The last photo shows the train at Willow (Brookpark Road and Interstate 77).

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas




NKP 765 Makes Ferry Move in Darkness

September 20, 2018

Nickel Plate Road No. 765 made its ferry move to Northeast Ohio today largely under the cover of darkness.

Reported sightings on indicate that the steamer left the facility of the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society in New Haven, Indiana, around 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

It had reached Latty, Ohio, by almost 9:30 p.m. Leipsic at 10:14 p.m., Fostoria at 11:30 p.m. and Bellevue at 12:25 a.m.

There may have been a service stop there because the 2-8-4 was reported there as late as 1:34 a.m.

The most recent sighting posted on the website was at 2:29 a.m. at Vermilion.

There was an unconfirmed report that the ferry move was to have been made on Wednesday but was delayed to due to signal problems on the NS Fostoria District.

The FtWRHS Twitter feed seemed to substantiate that report, saying Norfolk Southern was dealing with signal outages.

The Twitter feed also said the 765 arrived at Rockport Yard. The Tweet was sent at 8:14 a.m. A report on said the steamer was at Rockport Yard at 5:30 a.m.

NKP 765 is slated to pull excursions on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad over the next two weekends.

The first of those is scheduled to depart from Rockside Road station in Independence at 5:30 p.m. on Friday.

Various videos posted online and reposted on the FtWRHS Twitter feed showed the ferry move to Fort Wayne earlier this week.

In the consist were the two dome cars the CVSR recently purchased. The cars, the Silver Solarium and Silver Lariat, are all silver and have the California Zephyr name in their nameplate.

The Silver Lariat is slated to be in the consist for the steam trips being offered on the CVSR.

NKP 765 Throttle Time For Sale on CVSR

August 6, 2018

You may not be able to make smoke and steam like this, but for almost $1,000 you can be the engineer of the Nickel Plate Road No. 765.

If you’ve ever wanted to put your hands on the throttle of a steam locomotive you’ll be able to do so with Nickel Plate Road No. 765 during its visit next month to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

As it did last year, the locomotive’s owner, the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society, is selling the opportunity to be an engineer or fireman on the 765 for a six-mile trip that will last approximately a half-hour on Sept. 24.

Additional dates may be added. All trips will begin and end at the CVSR’s Fitzwater Yard. For more information contact

Tickets are $999 for 30 minutes of throttle time, $299 for 30 minutes of firing time and an add-on of 30 more minutes of throttle time for $99.

Participants will be assured three miles of running forward and three miles of running backward with a three-car train that will operate at a top speed of 15 mph.

Participants will observe firing and running practices for 30 minutes and then will fire or run for 30 minutes.

Ticket prices also include a professionally captured and edited video of the experience.

You  must be 18 years of age or older, have a valid driver’s license and be in good health.

No guests will be permitted in the cab. Friends and family members may watch your departure and arrival at Fitztwater Yard.

Aside from its two weeks on the CVSR, the 765 will be kept busy this month when it appears at an open house at the FtWRHS facility in New Haven, Indiana, between Aug. 17 and 19.

Admission is free and the 765 will be under steam. Guest locomotive Jeddo Coal No. 85 will be pulling caboose trains. Train ride tickets are $5.

On Sept. 15 and 16 the 765 will be pulling excursions on Metra tracks between Chicago and Joliet, Illinois.

The four-hour trips will include a cocktail reception, VIP layover, live entertainment and more aboard first class cars from the 1940s and 50s. Tickets start at $139.

CVSR Steam Trip Tickets on Sale July 10

July 9, 2018

Nickel Plate 765 steams into the Rockport Road station to begin an excursion on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad last September.

Tickets will go on sale on Tuesday (July 10) for the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad’s 2018 steam in the valley excursions behind Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765.

The first trip on Sept. 21 is for the enjoyment of CVSR members and volunteers and will depart Rockside Road Station for an evening outing featuring complimentary hors d’oeuvres, cash bar service and live entertainment.

Public trips will leave from Rockside Road Station on Sept. 22 and 28 at 9:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

Trips will depart from Akron Northside Station on Sept. 23 and 29 at 11:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.

Tickets are $25 (coach), $35 (open window coach), $40 (table car seating), $50 (lower dome car) and $65 (upper dome level).

Seating will be assigned in all classes except coach and open window coach.

The trips will last for about two hours and include a photo runby at Boston Mill.

Joliet Rocket Tickets Go on Sale May 9

May 4, 2018

The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society will begin selling tickets on May 9 for a September excursion behind Nickel Plate Road No. 765 in Chicago.

Tickets sales had been delayed due to uncertainty surrounding excursions after Amtrak changed its policies regarding the carriage of private railroad cars.

The Joliet Rocket, like most steam excursions, depends on private cars to make up its consist.

“The passenger consist changed a little bit, but not dramatically,” said FtWRHS officer Kelly Lynch. “We are lucky that our trips are being held in a city with an Amtrak terminal. There are cars in the region that we are sourcing. We are fortunate Metra is our partner and is helping us work with Amtrak.”

The trips will operate on Sept. 15 and 16 from Joliet, Illinois, to Chicago and return. Tickets can be purchased at

Last year’s excursions on the route sold out. The trips offer the opportunity for a steam excursion to travel at a top speed of 70 mph.

There will also be an extended layover at Chicago’s LaSalle Street Station and an open air car placed directly behind the tool car.

The Berkshire-type locomotive is expected to travel to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad following the Chicago excursions and pull trips over two weekends in late September.

NKP 765 Plans CVSR Trips, Chicago Excursions

March 6, 2018

Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 is planning to come to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad this year although no dates have yet been announced.

That news was buried in the last sentence of a news release announcing an excursion for the 765 in Chicago on Sept. 15 and 16.

The release said that the CVSR excursions were being planned for “later this year.”

As for the Chicago trips, the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society said the Berkshire-type steam locomotive will pull trips named the Joliet Rocket over former Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific trackage between Joliet, Illinois, and Chicago’s LaSalle Street Station twice daily on both days.

The society said that each trip will have food, cocktails and live music. Passengers are encouraged to dress in vintage-style clothes

FtWRHS members may begin buying tickets on April 2 with sales opening to everyone else on April 4. No ticket prices have been disclosed.

The Chicago excursions drew more than 2,500 passengers in 2017 from 30 states.

FtWRHS Vice President Kelly Lynch said this year’s excursions will have a longer layover time, an improved catering service and more dome cars.

The society said the Joliet Rocket will be among the 765’s last mainline excursions until it installs positive train control technology on the locomotive.

The Chicago excursions will use tracks owned by Chicago commuter rail agency Metra.

NKP 765 Schedule Release Expected Within Month

February 14, 2018

The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society expects to release within the next month its excursion schedule for this year involving Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765.

In an earlier report at the website of Trains magazine, the society had indicated that it was eyeing trips in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Missouri.

For the past several years the Berkshire-type locomotive has appeared on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad in September.

In the meantime, the society is using the downtime between excursions to carry out a required boiler inspection.

Federal Railroad Administration rules require operating steam locomotives to undergo a boiler inspection and rebuild every 15 years or 1,472 service days.

Typically, that process is done at one time, but the FtWRHS won FRA approval to conduct it in stages over a two-year period so as to not miss an excursion season.

FtWRHS Vice President Kelly Lynch said the inspection and rebuild is expensive and time consuming, and the society devotes a portion of is excursion revenue toward that endeavor.

During the current winter, society personnel have been conducting an external and ultrasound boiler inspection of the boiler.

The ultrasound survey is about 99 percent done, Lynch said, and crews have found that 765’s boiler is in good condition with little or no deterioration of its steel.

Warm Memories of NKP 765 on the CVSR

January 10, 2018

Nickel Plate Road No. 765 cruises along the Cuyahoga River where it runs parallel to the tracks along Riverside Road north of Boston Mill station. Alas, the vegetation is obscuring most of the river.

I have many motivations for making photographs, but chief among them is to relive later something about which I have fond memories.

There are some experiences in life that seem warmer when you look back on them than they did at the time you actually experienced them.

It wasn’t that you didn’t enjoy it at the time, but some experiences have that ability to bring sunshine to a cloudy day, warmth to a cold day, and happiness to a trying day.

Such is the case with memories of Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 plying the rails of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

The big Berkshire has run on the CVSR enough times that many railfans in Northeast Ohio have grown complacent about it. It is no longer a “must see and photograph” event for them.

Maybe so, but every time it comes I remind myself that it might not happen again. And how often can you see a mainline steam locomotive in operation?

This galley of photographs includes images that didn’t quite fit the story line of my previous postings about the NKP 765 that I wrote last September.

I purposely saved them for winter when cold temperatures and snow storms would have us pining for the warmer days of late summer and early fall.

All of these images take me back to an outing I won’t soon forget and will always remember with fondness.

Along Riverside Road during the Akron Railroad Club picnic at the Valley Picnic Area on the other side of the road.

Southbound at Hillside Road during the second excursion of the day from Rockside Road station.

Arriving at the CVSR’s Rockside Road station. Ultimately, it’s all about having an experience that can’t easily be had anymore.

The photo line captures memories to be cherished later as the NKP 765 arrives at Rockside Road station.

Greetings from the fireman’s side. Note the tribute to the late Jerry Jacobson.

The NKP 765 crew waves to the crowd waiting to board at Rockside Road station.

NKP 765 Eyes 2018 Excursions

December 29, 2017

No trips have been announced, but the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society is making plans to run its Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 on the road in 2018.

Vice President Kelly Lynch told Trains magazine that the society is planning excursions that it hopes will take the Berkshire locomotive to Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, and Missouri.

“About half of the possible locations are places to which we have been before, but some of them are new,” Lynch said. “We had been considering going to some of these destinations in 2017, but we ran out of time to do the marketing. It didn’t look like we were going to have our ducks in a row soon enough to allow for that if we had tried those additional excursions in 2017.”

This past year the NKP 765 pulled trips on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad in Northeast Ohio and on Chicago’s Metra commuter rail line between Joliet, Illinois, and Chicago’s LaSalle Street Station.

The reference to planning trips in Ohio combined with Lynch’s comments suggests that the 765 will be back on the CVSR next year.

Traditionally, the 765 has operated on the CVSR in September.

Sanders Photo Published in Railfan & Railroad

November 21, 2017

A photograph of Nickel Plate Road No. 765 made by Akron Railroad Club President Craig Sanders was recently published in Railfan & Railroad magazine.

The image, which was made on Sept. 24, shows the 2-8-4 Berkshire-type locomotive steaming past Brecksville station on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. At the time, the engine and its train were making a ferry move to Akron.

The photograph was published on Page 16 in the Preservation Railnews section of the November issue of R&R.