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HoosierVirg

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765 Excursions
« on: July 27, 2010, 01:36:16 PM »
I just received this notice from the Steam Railroading Institute.


SRI Announces Joint Trips with FWRRHS and NKP #765
SRI announces the addition of two addition fall trips to its excursion season with the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society's NKP #765.

Cadillac Fall Color Steam Special/ "Autumn in Alma" Steam Special
Behind Nickel Plate Road 765, October 16, 2010/ October 23, 2010

Celebrate the glorious fall foliage behind a Lima Berkshire! This year, the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society's Nickel Plate Road 765 will be powering the Steam Railroading Institute's historically significant fall excursion to Cadillac, Michigan on October 16th. This extraordinary train will depart from "Scotland USA", Alma, Michigan at 9 a.m., with a planned arrival into Cadillac at 12:30 p.m. Following a 2 hour visit of downtown Cadillac, the passengers will board at 3 p.m. for a scheduled 7:00 p.m. return to Alma. Coach tickets start at $125 each. First Class tickets are $200.

On October 23rd, NKP 765 will be hauling our "Autumn in Alma" special from the Steam Railroading Institute in Owosso to Alma and return. Board at 9 AM at the Steam Railroading Institute, where we will travel to Alma, Michigan, "Scotland USA", home of Alma College. Explore and stroll through Alma's quaint downtown, and then board for any early afternoon return to SRI, where you will be able to explore the Steam Railroading Institute's Owosso Site and PM #1225, currently undergoing repair and restoration for its mandatory FRA inspection, or stroll through downtown Owosso. Coach seats are $99 for this event.   

With our locomotive out of service for its 15-year inspection, we feel especially appreciative that the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society will be working with us to continue steam as part of this event," says T.J. Gaffney, Executive Director of the Steam Railroading Institute.

JUST ANNOUNCED! - Photo run-bys are scheduled for these excursions and have been strategically located for passenger photography only. BUY your ticket today to ensure your place in history for this momentous occasion by visiting www.michigansteamtrain.com or call 989.725.9464 for additional information.
Have a good and safe day!

Go Reds!

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Re: 765 Excursions
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2010, 12:03:05 AM »
Apparently the 765's runs with SRI up in Michigan were a great success.  I know lots of Michigan fans were out chasing them around both weekends.  Hopefully, FWRHS and SRI can continue their relationship to bring more excursions in the future.

I wasn't able to make it to any of the excursions, and by the time 765 got up to Michigan coming from Cleveland, it was not only day, but rather rainy and dismal too.  But I was able to see them on their trip south heading back toward Fort Wayne on October 25.  Coming down from Owosso, they were supposed to have a Great Lakes Central diesel leading only as far as Durand, as a requirement from CN.  Then, the 765 was supposed to go it alone south as far as Osmer siding, on the north side of Ann Arbor, where an Ann Arbor Railroad geep would tie on to the front.  The Annie unit would lead the 765 south to Milan, where it would be interchanged to the NS for the run back to Fort Wayne (behind an NS diesel). 

Unfortunately, the Ann Arbor had brought cars up for the GLC to the Osmer interchange the day before, so a cut of about 20 mixed freight cars was waiting to go north.  This meant that the GLC would have their diesels lead 765 all the way to Osmer to then return north with their train.  Luckily for the fans, the GLC left the 765 in Osmer siding for about 10 minutes before the Ann Arbor geep arrived, allowing plenty of time for us to get some photos of the Berkshire sitting pretty with no diesel in sight.

The GLC actually came down with 3 diesels, GMTX leaser GP38-2s #2663 and #2675, and GLC GP35 #391, built in 1964....almost as historic as the 765!  The Ann Arbor had their GP39-2 #2368 to lead going south from there.  Enjoy the photos: