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Nickel Plate RoadNickel Plate Road #765

Historic steam locomotive no. 765 is a high-stepping, fourteen-wheeled, magnificent machine that stands 15 feet tall, weighs 404 tons, goes over 60 miles an hour and restored to the way it looked and sounded when it was built by the Lima Locomotive Works in 1944. Celebrated for pulling passenger excursions throughout the country as a goodwill ambassador, the 765 is the pride of the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society and one of only a handful of steam locomotives that still operate in the United States. This is the 765's story. The railroads built America. They won wars, built cities, and carried citizens from coast to coast. Steam locomotives were utilized for 150 years. They were built to be stronger and faster, and to better perform their duties, but they were replaced by more efficient, modern machines. These were precision machines forged and crafted from solid steel. They meant something to those who worked in their shadow. Make no mistake, however, these iron horses, so often romanticized, take hard, unwieldy work to corral and maintain. They lived and breathed, had voices and moods, and hummed with an audible heartbeat; they were the most human of all our inventions.

Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society

Nickel Plate Road #765 is a 2-8-4 "Berkshire" type steam locomotive built for the Nickel Plate in 1944 by the Lima Locomotive Works of Lima, Ohio. Classified as a "S-2" class Berkshire by its owner, the locomotive operated fast, heavy freight and passenger trains until retirement in 1958. Following a restoration in 1979 and after a major overhaul in 2005, 765 operates in passenger excursion train service. It is owned and maintained by the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Nickel Plate Road #765

Youngstown, Oh / Jul 2015 / RWH