The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society, Inc. (FWRHS) is an award-winning, 501(c)3 non-profit corporation founded in 1972. The organization is powered by over 600 members and 130 volunteers from all over the country.
In 1974, the FWRHS was successful in removing historic Nickel Plate Road steam locomotive no. 765 from display in Lawton Part in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In 1979, the FWRHS became the first all-volunteer, non-profit organization to successfully restore and operate a steam locomotive, writing a significant chapter in the early days of the country’s rail preservation movement.
Since 1980, the FWRHS has hosted and administered passenger train excursions, private charters, public exhibitions, and education outreach activities with the 765 and a variety of other vintage railroad equipment throughout the Midwest.
The locomotive and its train continue to serve as an uncommon cultural attraction with worldwide appeal, offering tourists, passengers, and supporters from all 50 states and numerous countries the opportunity to relive a bygone era of innovation in American history.
The FWRHS holds regular work sessions and open houses at its restoration facility in New Haven, Indiana during the year and is poised to become a major player in regional development with the creation of the Indiana Rail Experience.