History/disposition of NKP #773?

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History/disposition of NKP #773?

Post by Aa3rt » Sat Apr 02, 2005 9:59 pm

Can anyone provide me with a brief history and disposition of NKP #773?
Obviously this was a Lima-built Berkshire (2-8-4). I have a photo of me, at age 3, standing in front of this locomotive in Westfield, NY in 1956. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
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Post by SSW9389 » Mon Apr 04, 2005 4:42 pm

From John A. Rehor's excellent Nickle Plate Story: The #773 was among the last steam locomotives built by Lima in the Spring of 1949. It accumulated 80,689 miles of service in its first ten months and a total of 703,243 miles before it was retired in 1958.

The #773 was laid up at Conneaut, OH in April 1958 and sold to Canton Iron & Steel in April 1963 for scrapping.
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Re: History/disposition of NKP #773?

Post by dinwitty » Tue Jul 15, 2008 8:31 am

I believe the NKP held on to the steamers for a while "just in case". Never happened.

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