Pacing The NKP #765 Up Close
The historic Nickel Plate Road once had 80 of these powerful Berkshire locomotives which were supplied by both the American Locomotive Works and the Lima Locomotive Works in 1941 through 1944.
The 2-8-4 wheel arrangement allowed an increase in the size of the fire box which in turn allowed more coal combustion and fire output. This increased the steam developed which in turn increased the horsepower of the locomotive.
Called Berkshire “Super-power” locomotives, they provided fast freight and passenger service on the Nickel Plate Railroad which stretched from Chicago, Illinois, to Buffalo, New York.
- 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
If you’ve ever taken a ride on the Nickel Plate Road #765 or a train like this let us know in the comments below! Would love to hear your experience on this classic piece of history!