On Friday the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society surprised us all with the unveiling of Nickel Plate Road 765 in guise of sister locomotive 767. NKP 767 was the first locomotive to haul a train over the elevated line through Fort Wayne, IN in 1955 and thus had special connection to the city. When the NKP began phasing out steam locomotives the city of Fort Wayne asked if they could have 767 for a park display commemorating the event. The NKP was more than happy to do so but when they went out to the line of dead locomotives they found 767 to be in terrible shape with no chance of ever being a display locomotive. However, sister locomotive 765 just happened to be stored in excellent condition inside the Fort Wayne Roundhouse due to the efforts of NKP employees who considered it the favorite engine. Number plates were switched and the new 767/765 was placed on display in Fort Wayne. The rest is history.
This September Nickel Plate Road 767 will be at the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad for Steam in the Valley Excursions.
Yesterday I enjoyed myself at the Members Day Open House. Highlights included, a cab ride, getting stranded inside the cab for a half hour because of the rain, sunny skies, an excellent dinner, great people, and a night photo shoot. You will find all the photos in this post with the video footage coming soon.
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