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Conneaut in Ashtabula County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Nickel Plate Road Berkshire Locomotive No. 755

 
 
Nickel Plate Road Berkshire Locomotive No. 755 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 25, 2013
1. Nickel Plate Road Berkshire Locomotive No. 755 Marker
Inscription.  Nickel Plate Road Berkshire Locomotive No. 755, built in 1944, donated by the New York, Chicago, and St. Louis Railroad Company to the City of Conneaut, Ohio as a monument to the memory of those men in this community who contributed so much to a great period of development of our country — the era of steam railroading.

Myron B. Phipps, President
Nickel Plate Road
Equipment located on site October 14, 1964

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars.
 
Location. 41° 56.99′ N, 80° 33.474′ W. Marker is in Conneaut, Ohio, in Ashtabula County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Depot Street and Sandusky Street, on the left when traveling east. Marker and subject locomotive are located on the Conneaut Historical Railroad Museum grounds, (former Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Passenger Depot), just east of the depot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 363 Depot Street, Conneaut OH 44030, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Time Ball Signal (within shouting distance of this marker); Hopper Car and Caboose
Nickel Plate Road Berkshire Locomotive No. 755 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 25, 2013
2. Nickel Plate Road Berkshire Locomotive No. 755 Marker
(marker mounted near front of tender)
(within shouting distance of this marker); Conneaut Historical Railroad Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Western Reserve (approx. half a mile away); Conneaut Viaduct (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named The Western Reserve (approx. 1.3 miles away); a different marker also named The Western Reserve (approx. 1.9 miles away); PA-OH Border Monument (approx. 2½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Conneaut.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Conneaut Historical Railroad Museum
 
Also see . . .
1. Nickel Plate Road No. 755. In 1944 it came with Illuminated Number board's as original equipment, in 1947 it was equipped with a Valve Pilot Speed Recorder. Some time from 1950 to 1951 a Mars Oscillating Headlight was installed on top of the Original Headlight. In 1955 it was installed with a Train Radio and an additional Turbogenerator. (Submitted on August 11, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Berkshire locomotive (Wikipedia). The Berkshire locomotive was so named for its testing location on
Locomotive No. 755 • Cab image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 25, 2013
3. Locomotive No. 755 • Cab
the Berkshire Hills of the Boston & Albany Railroad. Over 600 were built by the Lima Locomotive Works, the American Locomotive Company, and Baldwin Locomotive Works. A total of nineteen different railroads purchased Berkshires. Multiple locomotives of this kind survive today. These include Pere Marquette 1225 and Nickel Plate 765, the only operating examples of the type, with others also undergoing restoration. (Submitted on August 11, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. History of the Nickel Plate Road. The New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad Company, popularly known as the “Nickel Plate Road”, had a storied 83-year existence. The Nickel Plate became an industry leader in the delivery of freight with its renowned "Nickel Plate High Speed Service" and mighty 2-8-4 Berkshire steam locomotives. (Submitted on August 11, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Locomotive No. 755 • 69 Inch Drive Wheels image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 25, 2013
4. Locomotive No. 755 • 69 Inch Drive Wheels
Nickel Plate Road Tender image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 25, 2013
5. Nickel Plate Road Tender
Locomotive No. 755 Specifications image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 25, 2013
6. Locomotive No. 755 Specifications
(posted beside locomotive)

Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 Berkshire Class S-2
No. 755
Built August, 1944
Lima Locomotive
Last revenue service — Dec., 1957
Shopped and stored — April, 1958
Donated to museum — Oct., 1964
Weight — 401 tons
Length — 100 feet
Drive wheel diameter — 69 inches
Boiler pressure — 245 PSI
Boiler HP — 3164
Cylinder — 25 x 34 in.
Coal — 22 tons
Water — 22,000 gals.
Top authorized speed — 60 MPH
(at that speed, drive wheels revolve
292 times every minute)
Locomotive No. 755 Reunion image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 25, 2013
7. Locomotive No. 755 Reunion
(on exhibit inside Conneaut Railroad Museum)

In 2006, veteran Nickel Plate Road engineer Robert Kennedy visited the Conneaut Railroad Museum to renew an old acquaintance. At age 21 he had hired on as a fireman, and on July 30, 1947, at age 28, he made his first run as an engineer with Berkshire No. 755, with an eastbound freight train from Conneaut to Buffalo. In later years he would operate many of the Nickel Plate's fabled Berkshires, but No. 755 had a special place in his heart and memory.

Among the last of a generation of locomotive engineers who witnessed the transition from steam to diesel power, he retired in 1967, after a career spanning four decades of service with the Nickel Plate and successor Norfolk and Western railroads.
Nickel Plate Road Berkshire Locomotive No. 755 image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 25, 2013
8. Nickel Plate Road Berkshire Locomotive No. 755
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 11, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 73 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on August 11, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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