Written by: Cody Wittenmyer

October 2016 Edition




New York, Chicago, & St. Louis

Dates of Operation: 1881-1964 (83 years)


The New York, Chicago, & St. Louis (Reporting Marks: NYC&St.L) was commonly referred to as the Nickel Plate Road (Reporting Marks NKP). It was the successor to the Toledo, St. Louis, & Western and leased the Wheeling & Lake Erie. The NKP was built along the shore of Lake Erie connecting Buffalo, New York to Chicago, Illinois and competed with the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern railway (Reporting Marks: LS&MS). In 1964 the NKP merged into the Norfolk & Western railway. (See July’s edition.) The Wabash & Virginian railroads were two other railroads that had merged into N&W around this time. The N&W merged with the Southern railroad in the forming of what is present-day Norfolk Southern.

The Lake Shore & Michigan Southern had gained control of the NKP for a short time. The NKP became a threat to the Chesapeake & Ohio/Pere Marquette & the New York Central, who later took over the LS&MS in later years. The Nickel Plate leased the Wheeling & Lake Erie railroad, and bought the Lake Erie & Western railroad, as well as the Toledo, St. Louis & Western (Later the Toledo, Cincinnati, & St. Louis). Below is a map of the NKP and predecessors:



More History-

The link below provides a greater and more in depth history of the Nickel Plate. Providing links to maps, the origin of the nickname “Nickel Plate”, equipment, publications and more.

http://www.nkphts.org/history.html

Present Day Nickel Plate Road, Their History Lives On- Norfolk Southern ES44AC #8100

In 2012, Norfolk Southern painted 20 Heritage Units. On March 28, 2012, NS unveiled the NKP unit painted in their standard freight scheme. This was the third of 20 heritage units to come, only to be preceded by NS 8098 (Conrail) and NS 8099 (Southern).

Photo taken from heritageunits.com and I do not take any credit.


Present Day Nickel Plate Road, Their History Lives On- NKP Berkshire Steam Locomotive #765

https://fortwaynerailroad.org/

The restored steam locomotive is based out of Fort Wayne, Indiana. It works with Norfolk Southern and runs many excursions. Owned by the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society.

Photo taken from heritageunits.com and I do not take any ownership.


Present Day Nickel Plate Road, Their History Lives On- NKP PA-1 #190

http://www.nkp190.com/index.html

This unit sits in Portland, Oregon. All other information that I could find is in the link above.

Picture taken from http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=3841392 and I take no credit.


Present Day Nickel Plate Road, Their History Lives On- NKP GP30 #901, in the works of restoration

http://www.nkphts.org/nkp901donation.html



The link below directs you towards the NKP museum in Bellevue, Ohio.

http://www.madrivermuseum.org/