The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society has established a new way to keep its members and the general public informed of their preservation efforts by digitally adding to it’s quarterly printed newsletter Short Lines, including details regarding the task of bringing restored Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 steam locomotive no. 765 back into to the business of public excursions and exhibition,
In the Short Lines – Second Section, board members and volunteers upload shop reports, web updates, essays, and related musings. Recent updates include an excerpt from an operations progress report regarding passenger excursions:
“Negotiations for a stay within the immediate region are being negotiated so that the 765 may perform a series of out and back trips allowing us to share our magnificent machine with the public at large, refresh our crew, and equally important: satisfy our debt reduction.
It is so important that this and other operations currently being sought out are a success. Without these excursions, our reputation and ability to take on other restoration projects is severely diminished.”
Last year the the FWRHS was asked to postpone their scheduled operations at the request of the railroad that was hosting them days before an announcement was to be made.
With the 2005 rebuild of the No. 765 completed, the crew is without a doubt ready to hit the road again in a region that has largely been devoid of mainline steam since 1993. No. 765 will be fired up for the FWRHS Annual Open House August 16th & 17th.