Nickel Plate Road # 765
The NickelPlate #765 on Lehigh Line.
NKP #765 is capable of speeds up to 80 miles per hour!
The NKP765 was one of 80 Berkshire Class locomotives built that rode the Nickle Plate Road. All of them were considered high speed freight and passenger locomotives.
The Nickel Plate Railroad was built in 1880 as the Valley Railway transporting coal to Cleveland, Akron, And Canton, Ohio, from the Tuscarawas River Valley.
“Nickel Plate Road” was the name given to this project by the local newspapers and surveyors because it was the first railroad built for cash without issuing stock ahead of time! Thus it was referred to as the “Nickel Plated” road because of its substantial financial backing. The name stuck!
- Power type: 2-8-4 Steam Locomotive Berkshire Class
- Builder: Lima Locomotive Works
- Build Date: 1944
- Drivers: 69 inch
- Locomotive and tender weight: 802,500 lbs