Nickel Plate Road N-6o 2-8-2 No. 587 built September 1918 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Nickel Plate Road N-6o 2-8-2 No. 587 built September 1918 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Post by Notch 8 » Wed Apr 04, 2018 5:37 am

Nickel Plate Road N-6o 2-8-2 No. 587 built September 1918 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the Lake Erie & Western Railroad as No. 5541 seen here in Delphos Ohio July 1947.

587 is the best remaining representation of the Mikado 2-8-2 locomotive style originally designed and built as part of the World War I rearmament program.

The NKP 500-series 2-8-2 'Mikado' is an externally-similar counter-part to Lima's 2-8-4 Berkshires built for the NKP, but initially served as a replacement for the 2-8-4 Berkshires, due to the 2-8-2 Mikados becoming very aged.

587 was retired from active service in 1955, it was later donated to the city of Indianapolis and was placed on static display in Broad Ripple Park were it remained there for twenty eight years. In 1983, a group called "The Friends of the 587" formed and did a feasibility study and determined that the locomotive was good for restoration.

After five years of work, 587 returned to operating condition in 1988 and pulled it's first revenue train in September 1988 from Indianapolis to Logansport, Indiana.

In 1989, 587 participated in a double-header, and triple-header with Norfolk and Western (N&W) No. 611, and No. 1218 hauling with a solo passenger train alongside the excursion.

In the fall of 2002, the 587 made a final run at the Indiana Transportation Museum before it's undergoing a 15 year mandatory boiler rebuild and that's why the 587 didn't run for a couple of years and it will be back to service hopefully in Logansport Indiana as this is where the ITM is being relocated to. City Officials of Noblesville Indiana evicted the ITM off City owned property and they intend to convert the ROW into a walking trail !
So at the present the fate of Nickel Plate 587 is in the air but with lots of luck, money and time she just might steam once again.. All I can say, "What a journey that she has been on" !
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Re: Nickel Plate Road N-6o 2-8-2 No. 587 built September 1918 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia, Pennsylva

Post by rrnut282 » Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:18 pm

I rode behind the triple-header you mentioned. Great day. Hopefully it gets re-assembled before it's too late.
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