Links for the news items below are here: http://fortwaynerailroad.org/summer-news-roundup
In the days counting down to the beginning of our excursion season with Norfolk Southern, we’ve released several noteworthy news items and special offerings from the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society. Catch up on our brand new, 92-page souvenir book, upcoming film project, exclusive new member offerings, and our new mobile app with GPS tracking for steam locomotive no. 765.
Mobile App and GPS Tracker for 765
Ever wanted to know exactly where the 765 was? Now you can! For the first time in history, find the 765 anywhere during her 22 trips this year with our brand new mobile app for iPhone and Android phones, complete with a GPS tracker! Click here to learn more.
Documentary Film Project Announced
We’ll be producing a feature length documentary on mainline steam locomotive operation in the 21st Century featuring exclusive content covering the 765 and its crew on the road in 2012 while featuring stories and media from the four decades since the Society was founded. Videographers, photographers, and professional filmmakers are encouraged to submit their media and content for rewards from the Society and we’re even hiring a select few to give them exclusive access to the 765! Click here to learn more!
2012 Excursion Schedule Released
We’ve released the entire 2012 schedule for the 765, including the non-passenger ferry moves from city to city. Some of these trips will take place over several days and across three states, so don’t let any chance to experience the 765 on the mainline pass you by! You can print out the entire schedule here and don’t forget our Annual Open House on September 29th and 30th at our shop in New Haven, Indiana. Keep in mind, the ferry moves don’t run on any particular timetable or schedule, so use our GPS tracker and check Facebook and Twitter and please do rail preservation a favor by respecting private property, railroad property, and fellow fans!
Society Releases New Book
Revisit 40 years of preserving and making history with one of the world’s most exciting time machines! Our 92-page, fully illustrated souvenir book covers a lifetime of the 765′s operations from her 1944 construction, eventual rebirth in 1979, rebuild in 2005, and coverage of the adventures inbetween. Featuring reprinted articles from years of railroad periodicals and in-depth writings and photographs from her crew, celebrate your support of the locomotive with the purchase of Magnificent Machine.
New Membership Offerings
We’ve opened up a brand new members only area of our website where everything we do is documented in detail for our members. Wondering when the 765 will get test fired or when the next volunteer session is? Want to download archival materials or firing manuals? Get advance notice of operations, events, and news items like those you see here with a membership. Levels start at $15.00 and any level or donation over $100.00 gets you a free copy of our brand new book! Learn more about membership offerings here or purchase one today.
How to Rebuild a Berkshire
Nearly 300 photos of the 765′s rebuilding are now online, complete with a blow-by-blow timeline of everything we did to rebuild the 765 from the ground up between 2000 and 2005 after 14 years of excursion service. Ever wanted to rebuild a locomotive? Take a look at the steps we took, dollars spent, and the incredible amounts of volunteer dedication that brought the 765 back to life after 12 years of dormancy.
Listen for the Whistle
We kicked off our 40th year with a brand new video — 40 seconds for 40 years, but every moment counts. If you haven’t seen it, watch it here. If you have, it’s a glimpse of more to come.