On Saturday, July 5 and Sunday, July 6 employees of Norfolk Southern were given the opportunity to ride the passenger train from Detroit to Toledo as part of a special employee appreciation excursion. The train passed through Monroe, MI and north Toledo before turning around near downtown Toledo’s Amtrak station and heading back to Allen Park. The whistle from this magnificent engine could be heard for miles.
Built in 1944 by Lima Locomotive Works, steam locomotive No. 765 was one of thousands of steam locomotives that sped the country to victory during World War II. Historic steam locomotive No. 765 is a massive, fourteen-wheeled, machine that stands 15 feet tall, weighs 404 tons, and goes over 60 miles an hour.
Restored by The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society in 1979, it is one of only a handful of surviving steam locomotives.
The Detroit Arrow: JULY 12th & 13th
This weekend the public will be able to take a round-trip ride on steam locomotive No. 765 between Detroit, MI (4200 Allen Road, Allen Park) and Fort Wayne, Indiana. Departing Allen Park at 8AM, passengers will arrive in downtown Fort Wayne at noon to experience the city’s Three Rivers Festival, Indiana’s second largest festival.
These 282-mile round-trip excursions will run Saturday, July 12 & Sunday, July13 from 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM. and feature seating options aboard a fleet of restored coach, deluxe coach, dome car, and first class passenger cars.
Tickets are available online at www.fortwaynerailroad.org/events or by calling 1-888-718-4253.