Nickel Plate 779

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Nickel Plate Road 779
Baldwin Berkshire-type No. 779 built for the Nickel Plate.jpg
NKP 779 pictured at Lincoln Park in Lima, Ohio
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Builder Lima Locomotive Works
Serial number 9380
Build date May 13, 1949
 • Whyte 2-8-4
 • UIC 1'D2'h
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Leading dia. 36 in (0.914 m)
Driver dia. 69 in (1.753 m)
Trailing dia. 43 in (1.092 m)
Length 100 ft 8 34 in (30.70 m)
Height 15 ft 8 in (4.78 m)
Adhesive weight 264,300 lb (119,900 kg; 119.9 t)
Loco weight 440,800 lb (199,900 kg; 199.9 t)
Total weight 802,500 lb (364,000 kg; 364.0 t)
Fuel type Coal
Fuel capacity 44,000 lb (20,000 kg; 20 t) 22 short tons (20.0 t; 19.6 long tons)
Water cap 22,000 US gal (83,000 l; 18,000 imp gal)
Boiler 89.0625 in (2.26 m) diameter × 42 ft (12.80 m) length
Boiler pressure 245 psi (1.69 MPa)
Superheater Elesco
Cylinders Two
Cylinder size 25 in × 34 in (635 mm × 864 mm)
Performance figures
Maximum speed 70 mph (113 km/h)
Tractive effort 64,135 lbf (285.3 kN)
Factor of adh. 4.12
Operators Nickel Plate Road
Class S-2
Number in class 80
Numbers NKP 779
Current owner City of Lima, Ohio
Disposition Static Display in Lincoln Park, Lima, Ohio

Nickel Plate Road 779 is a 2-8-4 or "Berkshire" type steam locomotive built for the New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad in May 1949, for use on fast freight trains. It was the last new steam locomotive to be delivered to the Nickel Plate Road, and it is the last steam locomotive ever manufactured by Lima Locomotive Works and the final 2-8-4 locomotive built in the world.


779 was delivered to the Nickel Plate in 1949 to pull fast freights. She logged 677,095 miles ran. 779 was retired in early 1958.

In May 1963, it was donated to the City of Lima, Ohio and placed on display in Lincoln Park, where it remains to date.


No. 779 was almost the second-to-last engine built in Lima. 779 was in the shops being finished alongside L&N #1991. 1991 was set to be the last locomotive built by Lima for the L&N. But as 779 was being put together by the assembly gang, it was discovered that she was missing a main rod. L&N 1991 was finished and handed over to the L&N, while 779 sat waiting for a rod be found. Eventually, a bloom of alloy steel was found, and the main rod was made from it. 779 was then finished and delivered to the Nickel Plate.


Coordinates: 40°44′18″N 84°5′21″W / 40.73833°N 84.08917°W / 40.73833; -84.08917