Nickel Plate Road No. 765 / by Justin Merriman

Nickel Plate Road No. 765, a 404-ton Berkshire steam locomotive, rambles along the rails on the North Side as it makes its way through southwestern Pennsylvania today on its way to Altoona. The Fort Wayne, Indiana based locomotive is traveling through the area for an event to carry Norfolk Southern employees around Horseshoe Curve May 18 and 19 and then for public trips around the bend between Lewistown and Gallitzin from May 25-27. Tickets for the public trips sold out within 24 hours in February. No. 765 again will pass through the Pittsburgh region on May 29 and stop at the Conway rail yard in Beaver County. The steam locomotive covered more than 4,000 miles last year in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania operating employee-appreciation excursions for Norfolk Southern’s 30th anniversary.