NKP No. 763 on the move

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ROANOKE, Va. - Former Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 763 departed Roanoke this morning at about 7:00 a.m. en route to its new owner, the Ohio Central. The Berkshire is being transported in a special freight train dedicated just for this move. Its routing on Norfolk Southern should be through Williamson, Kenova, and Portsmouth, Ohio, to a connection with the Ohio Central Railroad in Columbus. From there No. 763 will be pulled to Coshocton across the tracks of the Columbus & Ohio River Rail Road (ex-Pennsylvania Railroad Panhandle Line), which is one of the 10 railroads comprising the greater Ohio Central Railroad System.

The train will be operated at 25 mph to prevent overheating of No. 763's old bearings, and periodic stops will be made to grease and oil the engine's journals and bearings. There is no set schedule for the movement of the special train because of other coal and freight-train moves on NS, so the steam locomotive train will get to Columbus whenever it gets there. The entire trip is anticipated to take between 24 and 36 hours to complete.

No. 763 was built by Lima in 1944 and was donated to the Virginia Museum of Transportation by the Norfolk & Western following its merger with the NKP in the 1960s. Ohio Central purchased it from the Museum earlier this year.
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