This video captures much of the first operations for this newly restored Nickel Plate 2-8-4 by the Ft. Wayne Historical Society in the 1970’s. The first run in 1979, then in 1980 and runs on the Toledo, Peoria, & Western Railroad with break-in freights and excursions.Travels toward Bellevue on a cold snowy day in 1979 and then 1980 begins with a one- way run with coaches from Bellevue back to Fort Wayne as it continues westward to Illinois.
We also see 765 on the turntable, and preparing for a freight run to Effner (Illinois) which turned into a 2-day journey. When the engine was sent back to Ft. Wayne, it went at the head of a freight train, and we see some nice running here, including pacing scenes. This was fun stuff to see with a big mainline engine hauling real revenue freight once again. Shot on super 8 sound movies.