Fort Wayne’s engine will have a summer workout in excess of 3,000 miles and an appetite for its weight in coal.
Fort Wayne’s engine will have a summer workout in excess of 3,000 miles and an appetite for its weight in coal. A test fire last week and inspection by Norfolk Southern, Amtrak, and the FRA have readied the engine for the season.
Below are some news briefs from the engine’s owners, the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society:
– FWRHS has posted the 765’s entire 2012 schedule, including deadhead dates. There is talk of the engine stopping at Horseshoe Curve on August 20th for a photo opportunity.
– NKP heritage unit no. 8100 will accompany the locomotive for the season, and no. 1070 of Wabash colors will travel with the engine to St. Louis. No. 8100 is reportedly on its way to Fort Wayne now.
– No. 765 will carry whistles from each fallen flag railroad or territory she runs on, including the New York Central (Toledo), Pennsylvania Railroad (Harrisburg, Pittsburgh), Norfolk & Western (Williamson, WV) and Wabash (St. Louis.)
– No. 765 has been outfitted with brand new cab signals and refitted with an MU box, though the railroad will likely keep a crew assigned to the trailing unit.
– The tool car no. 701 will be named the “Glenn E. Brendel” in honor of the organization’s founding member who passed away February, 2011.
– The FWRHS has a few more surprises and offerings in store based on their website.