Nickel Plate #765 Blasts Pasts Railfans
Turn up the speakers and don’t get too close!
The Nickel Plate Road’s #765 was stretching her legs on Metra’s Milwaukee North Line when she made a run by at approximately 70 miles per hour!
Showing she is tuned up and ready for the excursion season, you can hardly believer how fast the drivers and rods a moving as she roars by.
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.
blockquote>Called “Super-power” locomotives, they provided fast freight and passenger service on the Nickel Plate Railroad which stretched from Chicago, Illinois, to Buffalo, New York.
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!