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Nickel Plate Road No. 767 was built in 1944 by the Lima Locomotive Works in Lima, Ohio.

HistoryEdit

In a move to honor the success of Fort Wayne's "Elevate the Nickel Plate" project, the city requested S-2 no. 767 for display in Lawton Park in recognition of it being the first ceremonial train to open the overpass. Following a mid-50s wreck and storage outdoors after 1957, no. 767 proved to be in bad condition and as a result the railroad selected the 765 for preservation.

After switching the numbers, the railroad donated engine 765 to the city on May 4, 1963 for display at 4th and Clinton Streets. A plaque commemorating the occasion read: "Nickel Plate Road Berkshire no. 767, used to break ribbon at dedication of track elevation on October 4th, 1955, donated by the New York, Chicago, and St. Louis Railroad company to the City of Fort Wayne as a monument to a great period in the development of our country -- the era of steam railroading.". The real 767, renumbered as the second 765, was scrapped in Chicago the following year.

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