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Railroad society announces 2016 Open House, Throttle Time and more

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Friday, August 19th
Press Conference, 10:30AM. Open House, 10AM-4PM

Saturday, August 20th
Open House featuring Members Day, 10AM-4PM

Sunday, August 21st
Open House, 12PM-4PM

The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society will host its Open House on August 19th, 20th and 21st! Our annual event features the live steam display of world-famous Nickel Plate Road steam locomotive no. 765, historic passenger car and railroad displays, train rides, WWII reenactors, local food trucks and more. For the first time in several years, visitors will also be able to purchase Throttle Time for a 30 minute experience at the controls of steam locomotive no. 765.

Admission is free and caboose rides are $4.00. Caboose rides depart approximately every 20 minutes and tickets are purchased on-site and available all weekend. Hours of operation are 10am to 4pm Friday and Saturday and 12PM-4PM Sunday.

Throttle Time will be held Friday from 4:30PM-8:30PM and Sunday from 9AM-11:30PM.  UPDATE: Throttle Time tickets have sold out! Stay tuned for updates on future Throttle Time opportunities. Caboose ride tickets will be available for purchase on location!

The event will kick off with a special press conference at 10:30 on Friday, August 19th with Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry. The railroad historical society is also hosting its first ever Member Appreciation Day on August 20th where over 200 members will enjoy behind-the-scenes access to the 765, night photo session and additional amenities.

A full schedule of events and excursions is available online.

2015 Santa Train

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Santa Claus and his train return to the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society this December!

Climb aboard a heated, vintage caboose for a 20-minute train ride with Santa. Enjoy food from Bravas, live entertainment and explore the world-famous Nickel Plate Road no. 765.

The trains are operated by a 1950s diesel locomotive. Trains run continuously all three Saturdays and depart three times each hour.

Santa Train
December 5th, 12th, 19th
15-20 minute rides with Santa
$4 (children 4-12) $5 (adults)
Children 3 and under free.

Santa Charters
December 6th, 13th, 20th
45 minute trips for families and groups of up to 15 people.

Seating is extremely limited and walk-in availability cannot be guaranteed.

For the fourth year in a row, Santa Charters for families and large groups can be reserved on Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons at select times.

All trains depart the railroad historical society’s restoration facility at 15808 Edgerton Road, New Haven, 46774.


Please wear sturdy, comfortable shoes – do not wear flip-flops, sandals, open-toed or high-heel shoes. Cars are not ADA-compliant due to their historic nature, however most passengers with limited mobility can be accommodated with advance planning. Please contact us with questions.

These operations take place at a working railroad facility. Please be mindful of your safety and the safety of your guests. Watch your step, be mindful of moving railroad equipment, uneven surfaces or bad footing, do not walk on the railhead and obey instructions from train crew at all times.

Your presence and participation indicates that you accept the limits of liability from inherent risks of all activities and operations. We reserve the right to substitute motive power or rolling stock as necessary. Train rides may be subject to mechanical delays, which are nevertheless uncommon. Your ticket is redeemable for a trip with Santa and does not necessarily guarantee a trip on a moving train, but does guarantee a visit with Santa aboard a train if the train is momentarily out-of-service due to mechanical delays.

Your support and participation are greatly appreciated.

Nickel Plate No. 765 to operate trips out of Steamtown National Historic Site

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SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA – One of the biggest steam locomotive stars in North America will roll into Scranton to celebrate RailFest 2015 and the 100th anniversary of the Nicholson Bridge, officially referred to as the Tunkhannock Creek Viaduct.

On September 5th-7th, steam locomotive No. 765 will operate trips to the Delaware Water Gap aboard a recreation of the famous Phoebe Snow, a trip to East Stroudsburg, and appear on static display for festival attendees during RailFest. The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society anticipates having open vestibules aboard the Phoebe Snow and a special photo runby during the layover. Each trip will feature accommodations aboard vintage passenger cars from the 1920s through 1940s.

Tickets for these excursions are on sale now at fortwaynerailroad.org/events-and-excursions.

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This summer will mark the first time in history No. 765 has operated out of the Scranton area in its history. Steamtown National Historic Site maintains several former Nickel Plate Road locomotives in its collection, including Nickel Plate Road No. 759, a sister engine to the 765. The 759 resides on static display inside the Steamtown roundhouse and at one time operated limited excursions out of the region in the 1970s.

“We are really thrilled to bring a mainline steam locomotive to Steamtown and work with the National Park Service, Norfolk Southern, and the various groups collaborating to make these experience for our passengers,” said Bill Otter, Society president.


Years of Progress, Miles of Celebration

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Updated 8/20/12 – New dates for St. Louis deadhead

Updated! Track the 765 on its routes here!

On July 20th, steam locomotive no. 765 embarks on one of its busiest excursion season in recent history. July through September will see the 765 operating special passenger trains for Norfolk Southern’s 30th anniversary, hosting employees and their families across the northern routes of its system.

On each route, plans call for the 765 to carry a heritage whistle from the New York Central, Pennsylvania Railroad, Norfolk & Western, and Wabash Railroads with each whistle representing the route or territory that became part of Norfolk Southern’s system. Additionally, the railroad’s Nickel Plate Road Heritage locomotive no. 8100, will accompany the 765 for most of the season, while Wabash Heritage locomotive no. 1070 will travel with the 765 to St. Louis.

We’ll be releasing more news and special items to celebrate our 40th anniversary starting with the 765’s complete 2012 schedule. Discover the 765 trackside in Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Missouri, and Illinois throughout the summer on the following dates below.

Please note that we cannot provide routing or times for deadhead moves as these are not scheduled and may change at any time.

Download the schedule.


July 20 – Fort Wayne, IN – Bellevue, OH (deadhead)

July 21 – Bellevue – Bucyrus, Ohio (3 trips)
July 22 – Bellevue – Bucyrus, Ohio (2 trips)

July 23 – Bellevue – Toledo (deadhead)

July 28 – Homestead Yard – Maumee (2 trips)
July 29 – Homestead Yard – Maumee (2 trips)

July 30 – Toledo – Portsmouth, Ohio (deadhead)
July 31 – Portsmouth, Ohio – Williamson, West Virginia (deadhead)

August 4th – Williamson, WV – Ought One (am) Naugatuck (pm) (3 trips)
August 5th – Williamson, WV – Ought One (am) Naugatuck (pm) (2 trips)

August 6th – Williamson – Columbus, Ohio (deadhead)
August 7th – Columbus, OH – Pittsburgh, PA (deadhead)

August 11th – Conway Yard – OC Bridge (2 trips)
August 12th – Conway Bridge – Homewood Junction (2 trips)

August 13th – Conway – Harrisburg (deadhead)

August 18th – Enola – CP Capitol (3 trips)
August 19th – Enola – CP Capitol (2 trips)

August 20th – Harrisburg, PA – Pittsburgh (deadhead)
August 21st – Pittsburgh, PA – Bellevue, OH (deadhead)
August 22nd – Bellevue – Fort Wayne, IN (deadhead)

September 5th – Fort Wayne, IN – Decatur, IL (deadhead)
September 6th – Decatur, IL – St. Louis (deadhead)

September 8th – Berkley, MO – St. Peters, MO (2 trips)
September 9th – Berkley, MO – St. Peters, MO (2 trips)

September 10th – St. Louis – Decatur, IL (deadhead)
September 11th – Decatur, Fort Wayne (deadhead)

September 29th, 30th – Open House, New Haven, IN

Help support railroad preservation by using this information safely and responsibly. Schedule is subject to change without notice.

Return on July 9th, 10th, 13th and 16th for more exciting news from the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society and the 765.

765 to Help Celebrate Norfolk Southern’s 30th Anniversary

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The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society is proud to announce that restored Nickel Plate Road steam locomotive no. 765 has been tapped to help celebrate Norfolk Southern’s 30th Anniversary. The locomotive will pull a special business train, operating out of the railroad’s terminals in Fort Wayne, Elkhart, and Muncie, Indiana as well as in Bellevue and Toledo, Ohio.

Created in 1982 with the merger of the Southern Railway and Norfolk and Western Railway, the railway operates 20,000 miles in 22 states with 28,000 employees. As part of its celebration, Norfolk Southern is honoring its corporate heritage by painting 18 of its locomotives in historic paint schemes that commemorate the dozens of railroad companies that were eventually merged into the system Norfolk Southern presently operates. Included will be a vintage livery that pays homage to the New York, Chicago, & St. Louis or Nickel Plate Road, the railroad that the 765 was originally built for.

Founded in 1972, the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society, Inc will also be celebrating its own 40th Anniversary in 2012. The railroad historical society was the first all volunteer, non-profit to restore and operate a mainline steam locomotive after removing no. 765 from Fort Wayne’s Lawton Park in 1974 and rehabilitating it to operating condition in 1979. The 1944-built locomotive has traveled over 50,000 miles in public exhibition and excursion service and was recently rebuilt in 2005.