Taking the Nickel Plate to a 765 Date

An eastbound empty hopper train passes the North Findlay mast.

While many ARRC members and others were out following the Central Ohio No. 1293 running on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, I was attending the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society’s open house and members picnic in New Haven, Ind., home base for Nickel Plate Road No. 765.

I planned my trip to follow the former NKP mainline west from Bellevue to photograph some of the remaining NKP bracket mast signals along that line.

Photographs by Roger Durfee

The exhaust heat from three units blurs the Miller City, Ohio, mast.

The former NKP signals at Continental, including a low mast.

A modern signal house has a reminder of the line’s past on it at Payne, Ohio.

A “critter” is framed by the Indiana State Line sign.

A view of the equipment outside at New Haven, including the 765 under steam and the Davenport powered caboose train.

The caboose train as seen from the 765.

Cornhole game boards with, of course, NKP paint jobs.

Three volunteers hold their coal shovels high after a hard day of work.

The view out of the 765 fireman’s window looking down the boiler as a full moon rises in the east.

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