Nickel Plate and AC&Y, Pre N&W (Rare film by Emery Gulash)

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In 1881, the New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad achieved its identity as The Nickel Plate Road, and was known by most then as the Nickel Plate.

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In 1881, the New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad achieved its identity as The Nickel Plate Road, and was known by most then as the Nickel Plate.

In this production by Emery Gulash, we follow the NKP from the mid 50’s to the mid 60’s just prior to the railroad’s merger with the Norfolk & Western.

The Akron Canton & Youngstown, or AC&Y, was a 170 mile railroad located in Ohio, and operating west out of Akron to Delphos, near the Indiana border. There it connected to the Nickel Plate. The AC&Y was entirely Fairbanks-Morse and Alco powered. Emery followed this road from the early 60’s until its demise and merger into the N&W.

This beautiful all-color program was photographed by noted 16mm film photographer Emery Gulash, and covers primarily the NKP, but no justice could be done to the NKP without including the AC&Y.

You will see steam on the NKP, as well as those Alco PA’s (the Bluebirds) on the front end of the NKP’s passenger trains. First generation diesels eventually take over those fast freights the NKP was famous for. The NKP Berkshires are predominately featured as well. See them in their real operating environment when steam powered fast freights were king on the NKP!

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