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Old 10-08-2008, 12:40 AM   #1
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Default NKP 765 To Attend TrainFestival 2009

The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society is pleased to announce its partnership with the Steam Railroading Institute to bring historic Nickel Plate Road steam locomotive NKP 765 to Owosso, Michigan for TrainFestival 2009, a mainline celebration of railroading with a special emphasis on passenger excursions pulled by mighty steam locomotives.

More than 30,000 visitors are expected to visit Owosso, Michigan for TrainFestival 2009. Owosso is home of the Steam Railroading Institute, owner of sister locomotive Pere Marquette no. 1225, which in 1991 joined no. 765 in an unforgettable excursion that saw both locomotives operating in tandem passenger excursion service in the New River, West Virginia.

1225 and 765, built in 1941 and 1944 respectively, are two locomotives of the same “superpower” design as pioneered by the Lima Locomotive Works in Lima, Ohio. The “superpower” concept ushered in an era of breakthrough steam technology that emboldened the war effort and propelled railroads toward effective high speed service.

Beginning July 24th, 2009 the 765 will be on live-steam display with a variety of visiting equipment, and operate a day long passenger excursion on July 26th. The possibility of additional operations during this three day event exists and details will be finalized in the coming months. TrainFestival will be held on the grounds of the Steam Railroading Institute July 24th-26th, 2009. The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society is excited to share in the celebration and work in collaboration with our Michigan colleagues. TrainFestival 2009 will no doubt be a highlight of next year’s operations.

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Keep an eye www.765.org for more announcements! You can also visit the www.trainfestival2009.com to purchase tickets and learn more about next summer’s exciting event.
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