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The Nickel Plate Railroad Trip Fort Wayne to Lafayette and Return 10/26/2013

by Chris Guenzler

Bob Alkire since he did not go to Alaska wanted to do this trip so the day the tickets went on sale he got three, one for him, one for me and the other for Chris Parker. We all got airline flights to O'Hare, Bob got the rental car and I got Chris and I two nights at the Fort Wayne Motel 6. With that all set, all I had to do was live, go to Alaska which I did and then subbed for Santa Ana Unified School District up to the day of this trip. I had a job interview, got a job, but still do not know which school I have been assigned.

Nickel Plate Railroad 765 History

Nickel Plate Railroad 765 was built in 1944 and assigned to Bellevue, Ohio where it was used on fast freights. After the war it worked out of the Fort Wayne Classification Yard. The last run of the engine was on June 14, 1958. It was the donated to the city of Fort Wayne and placed in Lawton Park. In 1972 the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society was formed and the locomotive was towed to a shop in New Haven, Indiana. The group returned the locomotive to service on September 1, 1979. After years in excursion service in 1993, the locomotive was put back in the New Haven Shop to overhaul her running gear but it was then decided to perform a complete rebuilding of the NKP 765. NKP 765 steamed back to life in October 2005 and has been used in excursion service since.

Heading to Chicago 10/25/2013

I got up early and Winston picked me up for my United Airline Flight 682 Orange County to Chicago. I went through Security then waited for my flight. I boarded read Railfan Magazine and did Sudoku Puzzles on that flight and we got me to Chicago in one piece. I met Chris Parker at Gate K9 then Bob Alkire at Gate L1 then we went and got the rental car to start this trip. The trip was slow due to an accident just after the Manheim Road exit.

The Drive to Fort Wayne 10/25/2013

Bob got the rental car and we fought through that accident traffic to reach the Tri State Tollway which we took to get into Indiana, then Interstate 65 to US 30 which we took all the way to Fort Wayne. We made a stop in Valparaiso with most of the town in Halloween costumes. We found Calumet Ave which took us to our stop here.

The Grand Trunk station. After that we stopped at a KFC for dinner before we drove the rest of the way to Fort Wayne where we checked into the Motel 6 for the next two nights.

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