by Emmett Smith
The New York, Chicago and St. Louis (”Nickel Plate”) Railroad 2-8-4 Berkshire NKP 765 shown here was built in 1944.
This engine mainly was used on WW II fast freight drags down in the midwestern Ohio-Indiana-Illinois prairie country. The 2-8-4 Berkshire class locomotive is a massive study in scalding steam power. It isn’t just any old wienie roast, the camel toe firebox doors snap away to beat the band in the linked video sequences below…you darn sure don’t want to get your fingey or anything else mashed flat in there! But when she pops it shows just how hot this locomotive must be kept in order to boil away down the main line at full power. Freshly shopped and after a nice graphite facial, the handsome head-end picture on the right is from Wikipedia, and in addition to the YouTube videos, more may be read there online, at:
Meanwhile, here is some real slick and clear YouTube footage, of NKP 765 on her very first run after restoration was first completed — that’s why the unseemly BN diesel electric tagging along behind has her back door, just in case….
NKP 765 2-8-4 Berkshire Break In Run:
At The Throttle of NKP 765:
Watch your fingers! Technical specifications and additional history of the Berkshire class locomotive is available at Steam Locomotive dot Com:
Richard Leonard also has some good NKP locomotive pictures and information, at:
[Emmett R Smith all text-rights reserved 7 April 2009]