Famous Nickle Plate Berkshire On Tour

Great To See These Engines In Action

For fans of mainline US steam, you can get to feel the power of a Berkshire (2-8-4) if you can get to Ashtabula this weekend.

For the rest of us, there is this Brilliant clip on Horshoe Curve. There is a minute of pure steam effort before the train comes into view.

When the train goes past, you will see it has an extra load on top of the passenger coaches.

This video is well worth a look.



ASHTABULA — An historic steam train will make its way to Ashtabula this summer.

Nickel Plate Road 765, a 1944 steam locomotive, will take passengers on round-trip excursions July 25-26 from Youngstown to Ashtabula as part of Norfolk Southern’s 21st Century Steam Program. Norfolk Southern Corporation and the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society are working together for the event.

The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society, based in New Haven, Ind., is a nonprofit group dedicated to displaying and operating historical railroad equipment connected to the steam era in the Midwest, according to its website.

City Manager Jim Timonere said the train is coming to Main Avenue and the passengers will go to lunch at Casa Capelli.

“We were told that 500 tickets have already been sold for Saturday (July 25) and 400 sold for Sunday (July 26),” he said. “They told us to expect 700 people (each day).”

Bob Frisbie, director of the Ashtabula Maritime and Surface Transportation Museum, 1071 Walnut Blvd., said he is inviting the train’s passengers and guests to take the opportunity to visit the museum while in town.

The museum is a short walk from the lift bridge and from Point Park, which offers a panoramic view of the harbor, shipping docks and a coal conveyor.

Most major railroads stopped regular use of steam locomotives on trains by the early 1960s, according to the Railroad Historical Society.

“Historic steam locomotive No. 765 is a high-stepping, 14-wheeled machine that stands 15-feet tall, weighs 404 tons and travels at more than 60 mph,” according to the Railroad Historical Society. It’s one of only a handful of steam locomotives that still operate in the United States.

The Historical Society saved No. 765 from becoming a rusting monument in a city park. From 1993 to 2005, the No. 765 was completely rebuilt.

Excerpt courtesy of starbeacon news website.


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