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Steam locomotive, a crowd favorite, motors through Western Pa.

| Monday, May 13, 2013, 1:06 p.m.
Justin Merriman | Tribune-Review
Nickel Plate Road No. 765, a 404-ton Berkshire steam locomotive, rambles across the Allegheny River near the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown, as it makes its way through Western Pennsylvania Monday, May 13, 2013, on its way to Altoona.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review
Nickel Plate Road No. 765, a 404-ton Berkshire steam locomotive, rambles across the Allegheny River near the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown, as it makes its way through Western Pennsylvania Monday, May 13, 2013, on its way to Altoona.
Justin Merriman | Tribune-Review
Nickel Plate Road No. 765, a 404-ton Berkshire steam locomotive, rambles along the Allegheny River near the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown, as it makes its way through Western Pennsylvania Monday, May 13, 2013, on its way to Altoona.
Train enthusiasts gather at the train station in Latrobe in order to see the Nickel Plate Road No. 765, a 1944 Berkshire steam locomotive, on August 20, 2012. Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review
Mark Ciampa (right), of Latrobe, and others gather at the train station in Latrobe in order to see the Nickel Plate Road No. 765, a 1944 Berkshire steam locomotive, on August 20, 2012. Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review
Train enthusiasts gather at the train station in Latrobe in order to see the Nickel Plate Road No. 765, a 1944 Berkshire steam locomotive, on August 20, 2012. Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review
Nickel Plate Road No. 765 crosses the Beaver River in New Brighton, Pa. Jon Clark | For the Tribune-Review
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
A train led by Nickel Plate Road 765 operated by the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society in New Haven, Ind., travels through the Sewickley Valley Aug., 11, 2012 as part of Norfolk Southern Railway's 30th anniversary employee appreciation specials. The Berkshire steam locomotive is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Kristina Serafini | Tribune-Review
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review
The Nickel Plate Road No. 765, a 404-ton Berkshire steam locomotive, makes its way across Western Pennsylvania and under the McKeesport Bridge as it runs from the Enola train yard outside Harrisburg to the Conway rail yard in Beaver County on Wednesday, May 29, 2013.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
A train powered by steam locomotive Nickel Plate Road 765, operated by the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society Inc. in New Haven, Ind., travels through Sewickley Aug. 11, 2012, as part of Norfolk Southern Railway's 30th anniversary employee appreciation specials. The 2-8-4 Berkshire steam locomotive is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Nickel Plate Road No. 765, a 404-ton Berkshire steam locomotive, rambled through Allegheny and Westmoreland counties on Monday on its way to Altoona.

“Thank you for a great showing,” tweeted Daniel Udrija. “It was so nice to watch it go by in Avon Lake with my 19-month-old daughter. She loved it.”

The dead-head trip — meaning the locomotive is without passengers or freight — continues eastward to the Harrisburg area on Tuesday.

The Fort Wayne, Ind.-based locomotive, built in 1944, will carry Norfolk Southern employees around Horseshoe Curve outside Altoona on Saturday and Sunday, and will be used for public trips around the bend between Lewistown and Gallitzin from May 25-27. Tickets for the public trips sold out within 24 hours in February.

No. 765 will pass through the Pittsburgh region again on May 29 and stop at the Conway rail yard in Beaver County.

The steam locomotive covered more than 4,000 miles last year in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania, operating employee-appreciation excursions for Norfolk Southern's 30th anniversary. Its progress can be tracked at www.fortwaynerailroad.org/locate/locate.html.

Jason Cato is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7936 or jcato@tribweb.com.

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