The Nickel Plate Road Historical & Technical Society

Nickel Plate Road Magazine - Summer 2017

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Summer 2017 Vol. LI, No. 3

Editor: Mike Schafer
Publisher: Arthur J. Lemke

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Along the Clover Leaf: Ramsey, Illinois, Milepost 378.6

Nickel Plate Road in the "Erie Triangle" Revisited

Featurette: Nickel Plate Steam Returns to Chicago's La Salle Street Station

Car 831


Nickel Plate Road Berkshire 770 is rolling hot, fast, and heavy westbound along the Buffalo-Cleveland main line near Erie, Pa., in the 1950s. A very close look at the upper right corner of the photo reveals that the Berkshire apparently has overtaken a New York Central freight behind a pair of F-units on the Central's parallel Buffalo-Cleveland main line. The city of Erie and its environs supported key coal dock facilities for the variety of railroads that served the region, known as the "Erie Triangle."


The interlocking tower protecting the crossing of Norfolk & Western's former Nickel Plate Toledo-St. Louis main line and Illinois Central Gulf's ex-Illinois Central Charter Line was still in business when this photo was taken on Sept. 5, 1974. In 2017, the tower remains, but all the tracks are gone. CHRIS MANTHEY

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