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Indiana Northeastern Railroad to host excursions by NKP No. 765

By Steve Smedley | May 5, 2022

Ft. Wayne Railroad Historical Society to launch multiyear agreement to operate on short line; first trips on sale this month

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Steam engine operating in farmland
Nickel Plate Berkshire 765 struts along U.S. Route 24 July 25, 2011 at Secor, Ill. The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society and Indiana Northeastern Railroad have reached agreement for a series of excursions. (Steve Smedley)

ANGOLA, Ind. — The Ft. Wayne Railroad Historical Society has announced plans for “The Indiana Rail Experience,” a series of trips featuring Nickel Plate Road Berkshire No. 765 on the Indiana Northeastern Railroad.

A complete schedule and tickets for the excursions will be available later this month at the Ft. Wayne Railroad Historical Society website.

‘’We have a multi-year agreement to operate, and this will be the first of several trips based out of Angola, Ind.,” says Kelly Lynch, vice president of the Ft. Wayne Railroad Historical Society.

“We are planning at least 12 days this year, with the idea of expanding in the future. It is our desire to make this railroad our regular outing, and to draw people to Northeastern Indiana,” Lynch tells Trains News Wire.  “It is a good chance to shine a light on the Indiana Northeastern Railroad and to highlight the role that they play in the community. This has been 10 years in the making; obviously the railroad has been making a lot of investments in the infrastructure.”

“Our railroad has helped drive the economy of this region since it was started to support local farmers,” Gale Shultz, president of the Indiana Northeastern, said in a Ft. Wayne Railroad Historical Society press release. “We’re hoping to not only shine a spotlight on our community with the popularity of the 765, but let the world know that the region and the railroad is open for business.”

The 105-mile railroad, headquartered in Hillsdale, Mich., operates in southern Michigan, northwest Ohio, and northeast Indiana, interchanging with Norfolk Southern at Montpelier, Ohio. The railroad dates from 1992, evolving from the Pigeon River Railroad with purchase of portions of the Hillsdale County Railway.

“This multi-year agreement will allow us to offer experiences to our friends and neighbors like never before,” Lynch said in the press release. “We could not be more fortunate to work with a local, family-owned organization like the Indiana Northeastern. This partnership will bring joy to thousands of residents and visitors’’.

No. 765, a 2-8-4 built in 1944,, was one of 80 NKP Berkshires. The historical society is also nearing completion of restoration work on former Nickel Plate SD9 No. 358. “Our target is to paint the locomotive this summer,” Lynch says, “and it will join 765 on the ‘Indiana Rail Experience.’”

This is the 50th anniversary of the historical society, based in New Haven, Ind., which has 100 people on its volunteer roster with a core group of 50 or 60 active members.

3 thoughts on “Indiana Northeastern Railroad to host excursions by NKP No. 765

  1. The celebrated Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society (FWRHS) is a non-profit group that is dedicated to the restoration and operation of the ex-Nickel Plate Railroad’s steam locomotive no. 765 and other vintage railroad equipment.

    Being restored to operating condition in 1979, the 4500 hp (3400 kW) Lima Locomotive Works built Nickel Plate Road no. 765 with a maximum speed of 80 mph (129 km/h) has become an international cultural attraction and was added to the National Register of Historic Places as no. 96001010 in 1996.

    And in 2012, the FWRHS’s veteran and well-preserved steam locomotive no. 765 was added to the Norfolk Southern’s 21st Century Steam program and still continues to operate successfully in mainline excursion train services.

    Dr. Güntürk Üstün

  2. I have family who live in northeast Indiana, so will try to arrange our next visit for a trip behind No. 765.

  3. Excellent news….beats the UP shipping their stuff to a museum! Hoping to maybe see 765 again, last time being on the Fall Colors run on the old C&O in 1986! And nice pic, Smeds!

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