Scenic USA - Indiana
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Nickle Plate Road 765
|Photo by Chris Muller
Nickel Plate Gallery
The pride of the fleet, this Hoosier Valley #765 is caught in a blast of steam over Indiana's Kankakee River. Returning to service on Memorial Day weekend, 2009, the Nickel Plate Berkshire powered this excursion train from its home, the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum, to La Crosse, Indiana. One of only 20 remaining steam locomotive of this class of Berkshires, the #765 is well known for its superpower design. Looking to improve on speed and power, the Lima Locomotive Works soon discovered its new design created problems in keeping up steam and wheel slippage. Their answer was a larger firebox. The additional weigh required another set of wheels, pushing the 2-8-2 Mikado class to a 2-8-4 wheel arrangement. After a few test runs through the Berkshire Hills, this new class of locomotive was dubbed the Berkshire.
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