Fort Wayne steam locomotive no. 765 will return to the mainline once again for a series of public and private trips this spring in an ongoing partnership with Norfolk Southern.
Last year, Nickel Plate Road no. 765 covered over 4,000 miles in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, and Pennsylvania operating employee appreciation excursions for the railroad. These trips hosted 7,000 employees and their families and were powered by over 15,000 volunteer hours.
The spring excursion schedule will see the 765 and a fleet of vintage passenger cars on trips originating out of the Cleveland, Ohio area and in central Pennsylvania. Tickets for the public trips sold out in less than 24 hours in late February. Passengers are traveling from as far as Washington, New York City, Canada, Argentina, and Australia.
The public will have a variety of opportunities to experience the 765 throughout May as the 765 operates these excursions and travels on positioning moves (“deadheads”) on the Norfolk Southern system. Members of the public are encouraged to use this information safely and responsibly, respecting railroad property and private property at all times.