The Nickel Plate Road Historical & Technical Society

Nickel Plate Road Magazine - Fall 2016

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Fall 2016 Vol. L, No. 4

Editor: Mike Schafer
Publisher: Thos. G.J. Gascoigne

©Copyright 2016 NKPHTS all rights reserved.



Mail by Rail: RPO Service on the Nickel Plate Road--Part 2

A 50th Anniversary Retrospect

Railroad in the Air

Car 831


NKP company photographer Willis McCaleb has climbed to the top of the then-new vertical lift bridge across the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio., in 1959, to catch this amazing view of two trains meeting on the span. Two Alco switchers handle a coal train off the Wheeling District heading east while a reefer train works its way through the city behind two Geeps and an Alco RS-11. WILLIS A. McCALEB, JAMES M. SEMON COLLECTION


The revival of Nickel Plate Berkshire No. 759 in September 1968 was a turning paint for the NKPHTS, as it spurred new interest in the New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad, even among those not old enough to have seen the NKP close-up and in person. Here, the famous 2-8-4 basks in the early morning sun at Conneaut, Ohio, on the morning of her first fantrip run. MIKE SCHAFER

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The NICKEL PLATE ROAD MAGAZINE is published by the Nickel Plate Road Historical & Technical Society for its members and historians interested in the former New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad and its predecessor companies. Articles, manuscripts, photographs and other historical data, as well as items of contemporary nature relating to the Nickel Plate Road, are solicited for publication. No part of this publication may be reproduced for commercial use without the permission of the Editor and the contributor of the material involved.

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