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Nickel Plate 765 and the Pere Marquette 1225 run side by side like twins!
An amazing clip set against a backdrop of threatening skies showing these two Berkshire-type steam locomotives running full bore!
Built by the Lima Locomotive Works in 1944 and 1941 respectively, they both weighed in at combined locomotive and tender weight of 1,672,500 lbs!
The Nickel Plate 765 (built in 1944) was originally built for the Nickel Plate Railroad (Chicago to Buffalo) established as far back as 1881.
She is a Berkshire Class 2-8-4 equipped with driving wheels of 63 inches in diameter for speed.
The Pere Marquette 1225 was built for the Pere Marquette Railway (founded in 1900) and served in and around the Great Lakes region of the United States.
The Pere Marquette is also a Berkshire Class 2-8-4 built for speed with 69 inch diameter drivers.
Both engines were work horses the country during World War II hauling men and materials across the Northeast United States.
Five things that these locomotives have in common!
- Both built at the Lima Locomotive Works in 1941 and 1944.
- Both configured as Berkshire Class 2-8-4 Steam Locomotives .
- Locomotive and tender combined weight for the Pere Marquette 1225 at 727,300 lbs.
Locomotive and tender combined weight for the Nickel Plate 756 at 802,500 lbs.
- Both use coal as fuel.
- Both are still in use today as historical locomotives.
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