The Memory Machine

Originally printed in the Winter 2012 issue of our newsletter, Short Lines. Become a member here to receive these and other stories. By Kelly Lynch, Communications Director As the 765 moved by night, by day, at reduced speed due to heat or at track speed on the highball, it stopped...

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1,600 Board the Santa Train

By Patrick Svitek of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette NEW HAVEN – Momentarily sitting alone inside a vintage train Saturday morning, Santa Claus found himself in a rare position: fighting for children’s attention. “They’re more concerned about the train than Santa,” he said as some parents pried their children away...

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Steam Driven Giant a Blast from the Past

Weekend open house celebrates Engine No. 765 and Fort Wayne rail history By Kevin Kilbane of The News-Sentinel The thing is a beast. Fifteen feet tall, more than 400 tons of steel, wheels nearly 6 feet in diameter, and belching smoke and hissing steam while capable of running more than...

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Glenn Brendel 1940-2011

Glenn E. Brendel, Director Emeritus and founding member of the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society, died unexpectedly at his home in New Haven, Ind., on Tuesday, Feburary 22nd. He was 71. Growing up in a railroad family, Brendel’s affinity for the industry developed early on as a boy who would...

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Society Receives Locomotive from Norfolk Southern

The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society has received the incredible donation of vintage diesel locomotive no. 57. Constructed in 1957 for the Nickel Plate Road as no. 358, the SD9 type locomotive was built to replace the railroad’s venerable Nickel Plate Berkshire type steam locomotives, including the society’s own steam...

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