Steam locomotive headed back this way
A steam locomotive that went through East Central Illinois last week is scheduled to go back through the area on Tuesday and you can track the train online.
The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society Inc., which owns and operates the rebuilt Nickel Plate Road steam locomotive No. 765, has been hosting weekend excursions across Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia for Norfolk Southern employees and their families this summer in celebration of the company’s 30th anniversary.
On Monday, the train was stopped in Decatur. Its website (both fortwaynerailroad.org and 765.org work) says the train will be traveling back to Fort Wayne, Ind., on Tuesday, passing through East Central Illinois. The site does not list times, but the Twitter feed says the departure from Decatur is scheduled for 8 a.m.
On its trip last week, the train passed through Danville, Tilton, Catlin, Fairmount, Homer, Sidney, Philo, Tolono, Sadorus, Ivesdale, Bement and Cerro Gordo. The website shows the route back also goes through those towns.
On both the website and a mobile site/app (fortwaynerailroad.org/mobile/), you can track the train via GPS.
The 404-ton, nickel-plated, 16-foot-tall, 100-foot-long steam engine, built on Sept. 8, 1944, by the Lima Locomotive Works, was originally retired in 1958 and sat in a city park in Fort Wayne, Ind., until 1972. It was restored and returned to service in 1979, and has since been completely rebuilt.
For more information about the locomotive, you can follow @nickelplate765 on Twitter, go to facebook.com/fortwaynerailroad or youtube.com/fortwaynerailroad.