Lima in Allen County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
NKP Berkshire Locomotive No. 779
Locomotive No. 779, built by the Lima Locomotive Works in 1949, is the last steam locomotive manufactured in Lima. As a “Berkshire-type”, it represents the most advanced development of steam power. The Nickel Plate Railroad had a total of 80 such locomotive built between 1934 and 1949 at a cost of approximately $187,000 each. The tender, which was included in each order, carried 22 tons of coal and 22,000 gallons of water.
No. 779 was retired in 1958 after logging 677,095 miles. It was placed on display in the Lincoln Park Train Exhibit in 1966.
Erected by Lima Parks, Recreation and Forestry Division.
Location. 40° 44.293′ N, 84° 5.35′ W. Marker is in Lima, Ohio, in Allen County. Click for map. Marker is in the covered railroad exhibit area in Lincoln Park, about 500 feet ENE of the intersection of Elm Street and Bellefontaine Avenue (Ohio Route 117/309). Marker is in this post office area: Lima OH 45804, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lima Locomotive Works (a few steps from this marker); D T & I Railroad's Uniopolis, Ohio, Station (a few steps from this marker); NKP Caboose No. 1091 James Daniel's Cabin (approx. 0.4 miles away); Faurot Oil Well (approx. 0.4 miles away); Historic House (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Interurban Era (approx. 0.7 miles away); Site Of Lima's First Cemetery (approx. ¾ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Lima.
Also see . . .
1. History of the Nickel Plate Road. (Submitted on April 12, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. NKP Steam Archive. (Submitted on April 12, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. Lima Locomotive Works. (Submitted on April 12, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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