NKP #765 Drops Off The Rails

NKP #765 Drops Off The Rails | Train Fanatics Videos

Rerailing a steam locomotive is never easy. Especially on a curve!

In August of 2016, The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society had an incident whereby the famous NKP#765 dropped off one of the curves in their industrial trackage area at the restoration facility. Volunteers showed up to help rerail the locomotive from other two other rail preservation societies as well as a construction company.

What follows is a fascinating amount of teamwork, skill, and expertise in order to get this 440,800 pound locomotive back on the track.

The historic Nickel Plate Road once had 80 of these powerful locomotives which were supplied by both the American Locomotive Works and the Lima Locomotive Works in 1941 through 1944.

Quick facts about the Nickel Plate Road #765 Berkshire Class Locomotives

  • Builders: Lima and American Locomotive Works 1941-1944
  • Wheel arrangement: 2-8-4
  • Driver diameters: 69 inches
  • Locomotive and tender weight: 802,500 lbs

Let us know if you have ever ridden an excursion behind this classic locomotive! We would love to hear about your experience!

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