The Nickel Plate Road Historical & Technical Society

NKPHTS Magazine - Spring 2002

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Spring 2002 Volume XXXVI No. 2

Editor: Peter K. Shepherd
Copyright 2002 NKPHTS all rights reserved.



Along the Line

  • New roof for Malinta, OH station.
  • Ex-NKP Alco S-4 #69 spotted in McDonald, OH.
  • Depot at North Kingsville, OH is still with us.
  • Dan Meckstroth spots 3 depots at Buckland, Miller City, and Cloverland, OH.
  • Bill Harvey reports on the 757 at Strasburg.

The Second Life of X-50041 by Lloyd E. Scott

The Special Apprentice by Al Schultz

Backyard Nickel Plate by Gifford Swyers

NKProducts - product reviews

  • The NKPHTS NKP Track Diagram Books.

Car 831 - letters to the Editor

Tack Board- questions from readers

Front: Once a dynamometer car, always a dynamometer car. After the 1964 merger, the Norfolk & Western quickly disposed of Nickel Plate X-50041. The 1924-built veteran was far from used up; Alco acquired this car to accompany its Century 430 demonstrators. In this issue, Lloyd Scott recounts the X-50041's second life.
Photo: Bob's Photo courtesy of Lloyd Scott

Back: For forty years, the X-50041 played a key role in Nickel Plate motive power evaluation. The car participated in demonstrator testing, and in between times made the rounds of the system, recording the performance of man and machine to make the Nickel Plate a more efficient railroad. A look at the record shows just how successful the X-50041's efforts were.
Photo: Terry Hand,courtesy of Lloyd Scott

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