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Great Steel Fleet Travels to the Heartland

posted Jul 18, 2015, 6:02 AM by James Lilly
This weekend our 3 vintage railroad cars will operate TOGETHER in public service for the first time ever.  The Ft. Wayne Railroad Historical Society (FWRHS) is operating  restored steam engine Nickel Plate Road No. 765 from Ft. Wayne, Indiana to Lafayette, Indiana on Saturday and Sunday pulling a public excursion train each day.  Our vintage 1949 coaches Collinsville Inn and Franklin Inn, brother and sister, will be mid-train carrying throngs of coach passengers. Dover Harbor, our legendary 1923 sleeper-lounge, will be in the position of honor, bringing up the markers on the train.   

It's a story compelling enough that Dover Harbor, and No. 765, are mentioned together as the class of the train in a Ft. Wayne Journal-Gazette 
Newspaper Article this morning, July 18th.  

Aboard Dover Harbor our Chef and Porters will be providing "First-Class" service in the best traditions of the Pullman Company and the "Golden Age of Railroading." Aboard our coaches our mechanical team will be making sure everything is running smoothly.  All of our team, all volunteers, traveled to the heartland to make this trip a success and will be traveling with our cars for the next six weeks.  But even more significant was the hundreds of hours of preparation it took by our volunteers to get our cars ready for this wonderful opportunity to expand the public's appreciation of railroading through preservation, education, and of course "Train riding."

Through labor day weekend our cars will be operating with No. 765 over a series of additional trips out of Youngstown, Ohio, Buffalo, NY, Allentown, PA and Scranton, PA.  For more information, see  the FWRHS web site

Collnsville Inn (left) and Franklin Inn (right) operate on N&W No. 611 excursion over Independence Day Holiday Weekend 2015 - Photo by Alex Mayes

Dover Harbor photo by J. Lilly at Duncannon, PA
Franklin Inn and Collnsville Inn Photo by Alex Mayes
No. 765 Photo by J. Lilly at Duncannon, PA.
Great Steel Fleet Advertisement from Duke University On-line Archives