No. 765 delights in Steamtown, headed to Ohio next

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Nickel Plate Road Berkshire sisters Nos. 765 and 759 appear together for what is believed to be the first time since the end of the steam era.
Kevin Gilliam
SCRANTON, Pa. — Nickel Plate Road No. 765 will be headed to Ohio later this month, but not before leaving visitors to Steamtown National Historic Site with a lifetime of memories.

Last weekend was the first appearance of Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 at the national landmark for steam locomotives, and the first appearance of a live steam engine at the U.S. National Park Service facility in several years.

Amtrak and Norfolk Southern supplied visiting diesels to entertain crowds while No. 765 operated two excursions to Portland, Pa., over Delaware-Lackawanna and Norfolk Southern trackage on Friday and Labor Day Monday. These trips were the first runs in years that steam operated south of the Delaware Water Gap, making the trips special for those who rode.

The first trip got off to a slippery start with the No. 765 stalling at Nay Aug tunnel, just a few miles out of town. No. 765 was able to re-start without assistance, and the steam crew was adament that fans had greased the rails at the tunnel. The westbound grade at Devil's Hole, near the town of Cresco, was not a problem. Several engines, including sister Nickel Plate 2-8-4 No. 759, have met their match at Devil's Hole, but the 765 had no problem with the 12 car train, even with a 10-mph-speed restriction through Cresco.

Sunday was the first time in recent memory that the Nos. 759 and 765 had been together, and the first time the two Berkshire locomotives had been together on adjacent tracks since the end of the steam era.

No. 765 its crew and train are expected to make their way to the Cuyahoga Valley Railroad in Ohio this week for more excursions.

For more information on Nickel Plate Road No. 765 and its excursions, visit the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society website.

UPDATE: 1:35 p.m. Central time. Replaced a misspelled word. Clarified engine history.

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