News Wire: Nickel Plate 765 is on the move to Ohio

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Posted by Brian Schmidt on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 4:06 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society's beloved Berkshire, Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 is on its way from northern Indiana to make a weekend of excursions in eastern Ohio today. Excursions on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic ...

http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2017/09/12-765-on-the-move

Brian Schmidt, Assistant Editor Trains magazine

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Posted by ROBERT WILLISON on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 11:31 AM

Going to be some great runs,,,,got my tickets.

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Posted by steamhogger on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 4:21 PM

Got my tickets for the 23rd.

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Posted by Firelock76 on Thursday, September 14, 2017 7:12 PM

I gotta get out there one of these days, looks like a great ride.

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Posted by JOSEPH RENNER on Friday, September 15, 2017 12:00 PM

steamhogger

Got my tickets for the 23rd.

 

Got mine for the 24th. Can't wait.

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Posted by ROBERT WILLISON on Friday, September 15, 2017 3:36 PM

Firelock76

I gotta get out there one of these days, looks like a great ride.

 

it's a great ride and easy to chase.  The trains crews do a great job every year.

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Posted by NKP guy on Sunday, September 17, 2017 3:36 PM

   I have my ticket for the 24th, too.  Upstairs in the dome car this year!

   Whenever this locomotive visits nearby, you can bet I go to see it, or, rather pay homage to it.  After all, NKP 765 knew me as a kid; it went by right next to my house!  Riding behind, or just seeing the 765 makes me deeply grateful for the countless people behind the scenes who make this happen.  These fantrips give such pleasure to so many people!

   When steam engines came to an end on the Nickel Plate in 1958, I thought the bottom had fallen out of the world.  If you had told me then that I would ride again, many times, behind 765 in the future, never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined it.  Perhaps if we can't exactly go home again, we can come fairly close by visiting the old neighborhood.

   Heartfelt thanks to all those who keep steam engines "alive" in America.  

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Posted by NKP guy on Sunday, September 24, 2017 7:15 PM

Report from the dome car:

  Pleased to see a zillion people turned out in 90 degree weather to watch and/or ride the NKP 765 on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad today (Sun. 9/24).  Gott sei danke, the train's air conditioning seemed to be working perfectly!  Thank you, CVSR mechanics!

   The crew of the 765 couldn't have been nicer:  offering to shake hands, answering interesting as well as stupid questions with informative, dignified answers, etc.; even thanking passengers for buying tickets!  What gentlemen!  The crew was dressed in black cotton long-sleeved uniforms in the ghastly heat, but they seemed OK with it.  One crewman told me that the engine cab at least had shade, while we railfans broiled in the withering sun during the two impressive run-bys.

   Only disappointment was the ride didn't go as far north from Akron as in previous years, but that's not too important.

   Nonetheless, at the risk of stating the obvious, riding in a dome car behind the largest steam locomotive operating east of the Mississippi was a real kick.  Watching the engine and her driving rods on the curves, listening to the whistle, seeing hundreds of people of all ages with delight written all over their faces, reassured me of the place steam engines and railroads in general have in the heart of the American people.

   A great day to be a railfan and especially a passenger.

 

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Posted by Miningman on Sunday, September 24, 2017 8:38 PM

NKP guy--Thank you for that. Very descriptive account, felt like I was there for a second in the dome car ...we are lucky and grateful for such wonders that continue on. 

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Posted by ROBERT WILLISON on Monday, September 25, 2017 9:48 AM

NKP guy

   I have my ticket for the 24th, too.  Upstairs in the dome car this year!

   Whenever this locomotive visits nearby, you can bet I go to see it, or, rather pay homage to it.  After all, NKP 765 knew me as a kid; it went by right next to my house!  Riding behind, or just seeing the 765 makes me deeply grateful for the countless people behind the scenes who make this happen.  These fantrips give such pleasure to so many people!

   When steam engines came to an end on the Nickel Plate in 1958, I thought the bottom had fallen out of the world.  If you had told me then that I would ride again, many times, behind 765 in the future, never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined it.  Perhaps if we can't exactly go home again, we can come fairly close by visiting the old neighborhood.

   Heartfelt thanks to all those who keep steam engines "alive" in America.  

 

well said my freind

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Posted by Firelock76 on Monday, September 25, 2017 5:11 PM

NKP guy

Report from the dome car:

  Pleased to see a zillion people turned out in 90 degree weather to watch and/or ride the NKP 765 on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad today (Sun. 9/24).  Gott sei danke, the train's air conditioning seemed to be working perfectly!  Thank you, CVSR mechanics!

   The crew of the 765 couldn't have been nicer:  offering to shake hands, answering interesting as well as stupid questions with informative, dignified answers, etc.; even thanking passengers for buying tickets!  What gentlemen!  The crew was dressed in black cotton long-sleeved uniforms in the ghastly heat, but they seemed OK with it.  One crewman told me that the engine cab at least had shade, while we railfans broiled in the withering sun during the two impressive run-bys.

   Only disappointment was the ride didn't go as far north from Akron as in previous years, but that's not too important.

   Nonetheless, at the risk of stating the obvious, riding in a dome car behind the largest steam locomotive operating east of the Mississippi was a real kick.  Watching the engine and her driving rods on the curves, listening to the whistle, seeing hundreds of people of all ages with delight written all over their faces, reassured me of the place steam engines and railroads in general have in the heart of the American people.

   A great day to be a railfan and especially a passenger.

 

 

Bravo sir!  You hit all the reasons steam will never die.  Once exposed, people just love them too much to let them go away.

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 6:49 AM

I wouldn't know about that.  I was exposed to steam in my youth (NKP Berks in regular service, no less) and I can take it or leave it.  First-generation diesels are a different story, though.  I really enjoyed seeing a quartet of F's coming out of the early morning gloom with the NS business train while my train waited for it to pass.

The daily commute is part of everyday life but I get two rides a day out of it. Paul

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