Nickel Plate Road's last steamer

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Nickel Plate Road's last steamer

Post by Notch 8 » Mon Nov 26, 2018 5:28 am

Nickel Plate Road S-3 No. 779 The Pinnacle of Steam on the Nickel Plate Road

Nicknames "The Last S-3", "NKP's Last Engine", "Last Berkshire" and "Lincoln Park's Locomotive"

Nickel Plate Road No. 779 is a 2-8-4 or "Berkshire" type steam locomotive built for the New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad in May 1949, for use on fast freight trains. It was the last new steam locomotive to be delivered to the Nickel Plate Road, the last steam locomotive ever manufactured by Lima Locomotive Works, and the final 2-8-4 locomotive on standard gauge built in the world.

She logged 677,095 miles ran. NKP No. 779 was retired in early 1958.

In May 1963, it was donated to the City of Lima, Ohio and placed on display in Lincoln Park, where it remains to date.

The photo was taken just after she was dressed up to participate in the 1949 Chicago Railroad Fair
of August 1949. Builder Plate Data Lima-Hamilton Corp March 1949 #9380 Pic taken at Bellevue OH July 18 1949 by Paul W. Prescott of Conneaut OH,
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Re: Nickel Plate Road's last steamer

Post by rrnut282 » Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:48 am

It doesn't look like the factory in the background, but as shiny as she is, it has to be a delivery/acceptance photo.
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Re: Nickel Plate Road's last steamer

Post by Goalieman » Tue Nov 27, 2018 5:10 pm

If it is the builders photo, I’m surprised by the cylinder head covers (stainless steel?). With or without those, the Berks were among the best looking, best proportioned locomotives made in America. They just look ready to whip the world. IMHO.

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Re: Nickel Plate Road's last steamer

Post by cjberndt » Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:38 pm

Not a builder's photo: too shiny, no construction number plate near the rail, and, most importantly, a power pole in the middle of the tender.

It was really dolled-up. For what, and where?

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Re: Nickel Plate Road's last steamer

Post by Notch 8 » Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:40 am

cjberndt wrote:
Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:38 pm
Not a builder's photo: too shiny, no construction number plate near the rail, and, most importantly, a power pole in the middle of the tender.

It was really dolled-up. For what, and where?

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In the front of the locomotive the building in the background is a NKP building.. I was guessing Clevelend ?

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Re: Nickel Plate Road's last steamer

Post by hibbard » Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:12 am

Just a guess, it may be dolled up before going to the 1949 Railroad Fair in Chicago.
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Re: Nickel Plate Road's last steamer

Post by Notch 8 » Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:18 am

hibbard wrote:
Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:12 am
Just a guess, it may be dolled up before going to the 1949 Railroad Fair in Chicago.
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You are correct, The photo was taken just after she was dressed up to participate in the 1949 Chicago Railroad Fair
of August 1949. Builder Plate Data Lima-Hamilton Corp March 1949 #9380 Pic taken at Bellevue OH July 18 1949 by Paul W. Prescott of Conneaut OH,

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