‘765’ rolling back into town
By Becky Brooks
The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society’s 765 steam locomotive has been hired by Norfolk Southern Railway to celebrate its 30th anniversary and the historic engine will be rolling into Bellevue on Friday.
Kelly Lynch, historical society spokesman, said on Monday that the crew of the engine and train are putting the finishing touches on. The big engine and train will head toward Bellevue after noon on Friday.
The steam engine stopped in this city last fall while heading to and from an East Coast excursion.
On July 20, steam locomotive no. 765 embarks on one of its busiest excursion season in recent history. July through September will see the 765 operating special passenger trains for Norfolk Southern’s anniversary, hosting employees and their families across the northern routes of its system.
This weekend, the 765 will be giving private runs between Bellevue and Bucyrus — a total of five over Saturday and Sunday.
Lynch said the exact location of the train in Bellevue has yet to be set but he believed the engine would have enough downtime for fans to get a good view of the train while in town.
The 765 crew will be staying in on the train. “We have a dorm car with the train,” Lynch said.
After the visit to Bellevue, the 765 will head to Toledo on Monday.
The celebration of the Norfolk Southern Anniversary corresponds with the 40th Anniversary of the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society, Lynch also pointed out. He too agreed that the 765 has a distinctive whistle, and it is easy to pick out when it rolls into a community.
No. 765 will traverse over 4,000 miles in service of Norfolk Southern and the Society is encouraging the public to experience the locomotive in 2012 by offering a special mobile application for iPhones and Android phones and by publishing the 765’s full schedule online.
For more information visit www.fortwaynerailroad.org.