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765 1956

Accelerating A Westbound Coal Train, #765 Approaches Runnion Avenue On Fort Wayne's West Side In The Fall Of 1956.

Nickel Plate Road No. 765 is a 2-8-4 Berkshire type steam locomotive.


Nickel Plate Road No. 765 was built in 1944 by the Lima Locomotive Works in Lima, Ohio. She ran until 1958, when she was retired in Fort Wayne, IN. In 1963 the Engine was put on display on Lawton park and was numbered 767, & The Original NKP 767 was Rebuild 2 C&NW 2-8-4 #2813, & Put on Display at The Circus World Museum in Baraboo, WI in 1997. The city had asked for the real 767 but it was in bad shape and Circus World Chose 2 Repair, & Rebuild it in 1995 Which Celebrates The 22nd Birthday Party of The I Love Cat Machines VHS Series By 1972, the 765 was in terrible condition due to years of exposure from the weather. That same year, The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society was formed to find a new display site for the engine and maybe restore it to operating condition. Working outdoors without cranes and other shop equipment or protection from the weather, the Restoration went from October 25th 1975 to September 1st 1979, when the Engine first steamed up. The Engine Ran from 1979 to 1980 due to some super heater unit malfunctions. After getting some new parts from sister engine 755, The 765 ran again from 1982 to 1993. After another 13 years out of Service, the engine was steamed up again in 2006 and has been running ever since.


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