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NKP 626

Post by Notch 8 » Sat Dec 05, 2015 7:09 am

Nickel Plate Road H-6 2-8-2 # 626 seen crossing the Wabash at Peru Indiana.
The NKP Michigan City to Indianapolis (IMC) line went through Peru. The once was a NKP yard west of where Chestnut and 7th meet. It is now an industrial complex. So I understand, the NKP line somehow went over top? of the Wabash (NS) line and continued north. The IMC is abandoned from approximately Mitchell Dr (E 18th St) in Rochester, and torn up from South Wabash Road (just south of where Wabash and Westside Dr come together on the south side of Rochester) to just north of US 31 in Kokomo. This is what I could see from Google Earth anyway. This is the largest section of the IMC that is removed. Other abandoned sections are from the NKP station in Kokomo south to Sharpsville. The line is in place but not maintained and still owned by NS. Sharpsville south to Tipton is also in place and not used except for car storage. Ths diamond in Tipton was torn out by NS in the early 1990's and has no connection to the line south of the Lafayette to Muncie line. From Tipton south the IMC is owned by the Hoosier Heritage Port Authority and operated by the Indiana Transportation Musuem. No freight exists on this portion of the line.

Circa 1947 photo from M.D. McCarter
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Re: NKP 626

Post by D.L. » Sat Dec 05, 2015 10:53 am

Great pix, but they should be under the historical page. Any who, thanks for the sentimental journey. Gone, but not forgotten. :(

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Re: NKP 626

Post by cjberndt » Sat Dec 05, 2015 6:31 pm

What do you mean by "went over the top of the Wabash?" The photo shows NKP and Wabash crossing at grade. The diamond was about 250 west of Tippecanoe St. North of the Wabash RR, the treeline running northerly marks the former NKP right-of-way.

NKP's yards were south of the Wabash RR between Union St. and Broadway, and the shops were at the west end of the yards between Union and Jefferson St. I didn't know NKP had facilities west of Union St.

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Re: NKP 626

Post by h2466 » Sun Dec 06, 2015 5:48 pm

Great shot Notch, Thanks for sharing regardless of were you post it. Ken 8)

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Re: NKP 626

Post by Notch 8 » Sun Dec 06, 2015 6:47 pm

h2466 wrote:Great shot Notch, Thanks for sharing regardless of were you post it. Ken 8)
Thanks ! but yes I should have put it under the Historical Section as that it what that section is for..
cjberndt wrote:What do you mean by "went over the top of the Wabash?" The photo shows NKP and Wabash crossing at grade. The diamond was about 250 west of Tippecanoe St. North of the Wabash RR, the treeline running northerly marks the former NKP right-of-way.

NKP's yards were south of the Wabash RR between Union St. and Broadway, and the shops were at the west end of the yards between Union and Jefferson St. I didn't know NKP had facilities west of Union St.

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Craig, I suppose I should have just said "crossed"

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Re: NKP 626

Post by rrnut282 » Sun Dec 06, 2015 8:05 pm

A highball signal protected the NKP? Cool.
Is that a caboose (sans cupola or bay) behind the tender?
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Re: NKP 626

Post by JW » Sun Dec 06, 2015 9:38 pm

Looks like a rider boxcar.

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Re: NKP 626

Post by Wayne Gest » Sun Dec 06, 2015 9:48 pm

The Nickel Plate built a yard north of Washington Avenue, north of the Wabash. I believe that yard was built after the NKP discontinued some of the joint operations with the C&O, when they were both under the Van Sweringen brothers assortment of holdings.

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Re: NKP 626

Post by cjberndt » Tue Dec 08, 2015 8:55 pm

NKP's 1935 track map shows a passing siding along the west side of the mainline north of the Wabash RR, and some side tracks to industries south of Washington St., also on the west side of the mainline. The map also shows the Peru Belt Line RR's track which ran between NKP and Wabash and was reportedly owned and operated by both companies.

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Re: NKP 626

Post by Notch 8 » Mon Mar 16, 2020 7:03 am

rrnut282 wrote:
Sun Dec 06, 2015 8:05 pm
A highball signal protected the NKP? Cool.
Is that a caboose (sans cupola or bay) behind the tender?
Question: So the signal in the photo is a ball signal ? At first i thought it was a tilted target, So this signal was for the Wabash Line ? I never knew of any ball type signals being in this region.

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Re: NKP 626

Post by hibbard » Mon Mar 16, 2020 12:41 pm

That is indeed a tilting target signal (just called a target in the NKP ETT). Horizontal was clear for the LE&W District. The crossing was automated sometime between April 29 and September 30, 1951. This was probably done in conjunction with building the new yard and engine facility that went into service in 1952.
The new yard was at Washington Street and ended the NKPs dependency on using the C&O yard.

The rider car is an old box car (probably a 10000 series) converted for local use. The conductor and brakemen would ride here to be closer to the head end for doing station work. The flagman still rode the caboose to protect the train. The rider cars also carried LCL, express and company mail.

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Re: NKP 626

Post by rrnut282 » Sat Mar 21, 2020 7:17 am

I saw the three pulleys arranged across the horizontal bar with what looks like two “flags” raised and thought ball type signal. Zooming in, I didn’t see enough detail to make out whether it pivoted or not.
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