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Berkshire Locomotive No. 755

Berkshire Locomotive No. 755

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by Monnie Ryan
Zenfolio Gallery

     Nickel Plate Road Berkshire Locomotive No. 755 was built in 1944 and retired in December 1957. The huge black engine, built by the Lima Locomotive Works, is on display at the Conneaut Railroad Historical Museum in Conneaut, Ohio. It was donated to the City of Conneaut in 1964 by the New York, Chicago, and St. Louis Railway Company, also known as the Nickel Plate Road, commemorating the men who contributed much to the era of steam railroading in the Conneaut community. In the heyday of Train Depotrailroading, three major railroads served Conneaut, taking passengers, iron ore and coal in and out of the Lake Erie harbor town.
     The Class S2 Locomotive weighs in at a whopping 220 tons and measures 100 feet in length. The cylinder is 25 by 34 inches, driver wheel diameter measures 69 inches and boiler pressure 245 pounds. Today, only a handful of these Berkshire-type locomotives remain, including No. 755.
     The train's hopper and bright red caboose were donated by the Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad (now the Canadian National Railway Co.), and the track on which the train stands was laid by volunteers from the Nickel Plate Road track crew. The museum is located in the former New York Central depot, which was built in 1900. Interior rooms are filled with displays of railroad memorabilia such as lanterns, timetables, passes and old photographs as well as large-scale and smaller-guage models of locomotives and related equipment.


 

 

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