ONE “BLUE BIRD” PA IS BEING WORKED ON/RESTORED UP IN WASHINGTON STATE!
Although I grew up in east central Illinois just 10 miles or so from the Nickel Plate Road’s St. Louis line, I never saw a NKP train. I occasionally saw the tracks, but that was it.
Most of my eyewitness sightings of NKP rolling stock have been at the Mad River & NKP Museum in Bellevue.
For one evening on a recent Sunday, though, the Nickel Plate came back to life. I had spent the afternoon with Marty Surdyk and Edward Ribinskas railfaning in Lake County. During the day we spotted four Norfolk Southern trains on the former NKP Chicago-Buffalo mainline.
That evening at Ed’s house, he brought out some of his NKP motive power fleet. Powering a coal train were an RS11 and an RS36. Pulling a manifest…
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