ANOTHER "BERK": Ohio Central buys NKP 763

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ANOTHER "BERK": Ohio Central buys NKP 763

Postby nycrick » Mon Jan 15, 2007 12:19 am

Recently the Ohio Central RR bought NKP #763 from a museum in Virginia. They plan to restore for operation. :-)
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Postby Otto Vondrak » Thu Feb 22, 2007 2:07 pm

I guess that's good news, but no mention of it on their web site as of yet:

http://www.ocsteam.com

Too bad they aren't planning any public excursions any time soon...

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Postby metman499 » Thu Feb 22, 2007 2:31 pm

Otto, I don't think that the OC steam website is being kept up to date. The last update they had was about a year ago. Additionally, the Yahoo group set up by the OC Steam program has also basically disbanded and is a breeding ground for spam. There are pictures of OC owner Jerry Jacobson at the VMT with their president standing in front of the engine and shaking hands so it sounds like a done deal to me.
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Postby Otto Vondrak » Fri Feb 23, 2007 10:56 am

Oh, I don't doubt they bought the engine... but it seems like a waste for a railroad that had such a good public relations machine, they should really keep their web site up to date. Hauling freight and paying the bills is important, hopefully the steam program will go public again soon! How great to see another Berk in steam!
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Postby Otto Vondrak » Wed Apr 11, 2007 4:06 pm

Looks like they updated their web page for 2007: http://www.ocsteam.com/
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NKP 763 to be moved Tuesday, July 17th

Postby Aa3rt » Tue Jul 17, 2007 9:30 am

From a post at the VFRD (Virginia RailFan Discussion) Yahoo Group, the NKP 763 is scheduled to be moved today (Tuesday, July 17th) from the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke, VA to the East End shops, where work will need to be done on a couple of axles before the locomotive can be moved to Ohio. Reportedly this will be an all day event, made necessary by other equipment at the museum which will need to be moved and rearranged when the 763 departs.

Virginia Museum of Transportation website: http://www.vmt.org
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Move delayed one week

Postby Aa3rt » Thu Jul 19, 2007 10:29 am

According to the VFRD, the move has been delayed one week and is now tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, July 24th with Wednesday the 25th being a backup date.
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Postby Miketherailfan » Tue Jul 24, 2007 11:57 am

According to the OhioCentralSystem Yahoo Group, NS is beginning to move some stuff at VMOT around to get the 763 out to Shaffer's Crossing as I type.
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Postby Spin » Fri Jul 27, 2007 10:56 am

Here's some pics

http://members.cox.net:80/andrewspics/newphotos1.htm

And video
http://www.roanoke.com/multimedia/video/wb/125492

She will be rebuilt to working order and used in excursions. The OC does not run their own excursions anymore due to insurance and liability issues, but runs steam excursions for others. And runs some on freight trains too now and then.
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