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Steam Engine rolls through Southeast Michigan and Northwest Ohio

Train enthusiasts of all ages gathered in Milan, Michigan on Thursday, July 3, 2014 to experience the sights and sounds of historic Nickel Plate Road steam locomotive No. 765. After departing Owosso. The impressive engine stopped in Milan in order to switch tracks and make its way towards Detroit. The train spent the holiday weekend in Allen Park, Michigan giving rail-fans an opportunity to view this rare piece of US-America’s past. 


Nickel Plate Road steam locomotive No. 765

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.

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