Chesapeake & Ohio 2765 is a 2-8-4 (Kanawha in C&O's terms) built by the American Locomotive Company (ALCO) for the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad in 1947.

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The real 2765 was built by either Lima Locomotive Works or the American Locomotive Company alongside the other 2-8-4s built for the C&O. The real 2765 was one of 78 2-8-4 Kanawhas cut for scrap following dieselisation. However 2765 returned in 1993, when the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society modified Nickel Plate 2-8-4 S-2 Class Berkshire #765 to look like a C&O K-4 (2-8-4 Kanawha) and along with these modifications, renumbered her to Chesapeake & Ohio 2765.

As 2765, the engine ran several excursions on former Chesapeake & Ohio, Baltimore & Ohio, and Louisville & Nashville trackage (on the CSX Railroad) in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia. This would include the last time, the engine pulled the New River Train excursions in October since CSX has some anti-steam policies in effect since 1995. After the New River Train trips, the 2-8-4 returned to Fort Wayne and received it's true identity of Nickel Plate 765 as it went for a thorough rebuild that lasted until 2005. After 1993, Chesapeake & Ohio 2765 would once again be no more.


  • 2765 was one of 78 Kanawhas scrapped.
  • The C&O called their 2-8-4s Kanawhas after the Kanawha River in West Virginia.
  • Nickel Plate 765 masqueraded as this engine while it ran trips on CSX in 1993 to honor the route the New River Train ran on.