The Bachmann HO 2-8-4 Berkshire Steam Locomotive with DCC Nickle Plate Road 763 models the famous 2-8-4 Berkshire Type steam locomotives, first manufactured by Lima Locomotive Works in 1925. Lima's concept was to improve the speed and horsepower of the USRA 2-8-2 Mikado Type locomotive. The increased power was provided by a larger firebox that required an extra set of trailing wheels, hence the 2-8-4 design. The "Berkshire" moniker was adopted by Lima as initial tests on the new locomotive were done on the Boston & Albany Railroad in Massachusetts' Berkshire Mountains. The 2-8-4s proved to be very successful, and operated on main line trains on many railroads. Over 600 units were built through the 1940s by Lima, and the American Locomotive Company and Baldwin Locomotive Works as well. Many Berkshires have been saved as display units, and the NKP 763 was saved as an operating unit. Norfolk Southern (in association with the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society) operates NKP 765 as part of that company's Steam Program.
Road Name and History:
Nickel Plate Road: The New York, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad finished its Buffalo to Chicago line in 1882, and with further extensions also reached St. Louis. A small but successful railroad in the Midwest often fought over by larger rivals, the Nickle Plate (Made as a joke on the quality of construction but the name stuck) was known for its fast service. It survived successfully until it was merged into Norfolk & Western in 1964. Known for its fast freight service, the high-powered 2-8-4 Berkshires were ideal for Nickle Plate's operating style.
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.