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048: Nickel Plate 765 Cab Ride

Rich Melvin Nickel Plate 765 Cab Ride

We’re going for a Nickel Plate 765 cab ride!  Climb aboard as we talk with the crew and hear the sounds of this massive locomotive at work.  Notably, we interview Rich Melvin on one of his last runs in his over 30 year experience with the locomotive.

We want to thank both the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society and the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad for making this episode possible.

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Nickel Plate 765 Adventure

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Question of the Day (49:03)

What steam loco have you had a cab ride in or would like to have a cab ride in?  Let me know and I will respond to your comments in our next episode.

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4 thoughts on “048: Nickel Plate 765 Cab Ride

  1. Nick Chillianis

    In 1987 I rode the very last run of the pre-NPS Steamtown Foundation in the cab of CN 3254.

    I purchased a cab pass for $50 and signed a waiver holding the Steamtown Foundation harmless in the event that something went wrong.

    That old Mike is a pretty rough rider, even at the low speeds that Steamtown operates her.

  2. Jason Leach

    The steam locomotive I had cab ride in is a locomotive that is very dear to me, former Santa Fe 4-8-4 Northern 3751. A friend and I got invited to ride in the cab of 3751 with the crew on a part her 2013 excursion from Los Angeles to San Bernardino to attend the 2013 San Bernardino Railroad Days festival. The crew let us take all the pictures we wanted, it was an unforgettable experience. Another locomotive I’d like to have a cab ride in is Big Boy 4014, another locomotive that is very dear to me, having grown up and lived in Southern California all my life. The first time I saw 4014 in 1997 when I was five, I couldn’t have imagined that 19 years later she’d be undergoing restoration to operation.

  3. Nick Chillianis

    Thoroughly enjoyed your episode onboard the 767 (765) on the Cuyahoga Valley.

    One small quibble: during the episode someone said that the engine weighs “over a million pounds”. In fact, according to the 1950 Nickel Plate locomotive diagram for class S-2 locomotives 740-769, the engine in working order weighs 440,800 lbs and the tender weighs 361,700 lbs for a combined total of 802,500 lbs.

    Still an awesome figure without resorting to hyperbole.

    The “Million Pound Club” was nearly exclusively inhabited by articulated and divided drive duplex locomotives.

  4. Brody Brown

    I have ridden in the cab of NKP 765/767 at the FWRHS Member Day with Zach Hall at the throttle. I was sitting in the tiny seat behind the engineer’s seat. But the day wasn’t over yet. After dinner, I was outside watching the locomotive move back and forth on the shop track when Kelly Lynch walked up with an open MacBook and said, “Are you Brody Brown?” I answered yes and he said, “You are one of the throttle time winners.” About 5 minutes later, I made the long walk towards the cab of the locomotive. It was similar to my cab ride, but Zach and I had switched seats.

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