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Yes. #767 was the locomotive that participated in the dedication ceremony of the Nickel Plate elevation through Fort Wayne. After the steamers were retired, the city requested #767 for public display, but she was in very poor shape compared to #765, which was a favorite of the Fort Wayne terminal and had been stored inside the engine house for some time after its active service ended. The railroad decided to switch the number boards and repaint the other numbers and donated #765 to the city as #767. Whether anyone with the city was actually aware of that slight of hand, or even would have cared, I have never been able to determine. The fake #767 was displayed near Lawton Park in Fort Wayne from 1963 until the early 70's when the FWRHS was formed to rescue the locomotive from its increasingly decrepit condition as a lawn ornament. The locomotive was moved to the site you see above and over the next five years or so restored to operating condition outside in the elements by some EXTREMELY dedicated volunteers that we all owe a HUGE debt of gratitude to. Sometime before the engine became operational again, she was returned to her proper number of #765.
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