Nickel Plate 779

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Nickel Plate Road 779 is 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 was one of the last steam locomotives manufactured by Lima Locomotive Works.

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


The "Berkshire-type" represents the most advanced development of steam power. The Nickel Plate Railroad had a total of 80 such locomotives built between 1934 and 1949 at a cost of approximately $189,000 each.