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The Nickel Plate 765 steam locomotive powers west over the S.R. 19 overpass after making a run to Bryan, Ohio Saturday, May 3, 2014. The train was set to make a final run on Sunday after passing through Elkhart County on Thursday. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth)

The Nickel Plate 765 steam locomotive powers west over the S.R. 19 overpass after making a run to Bryan, Ohio Saturday, May 3, 2014. The train was set to make a final run on Sunday after passing through Elkhart County on Thursday. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth)

A young bystander holds a nickel and a penny that were merged after being run over by a train as they wait for the restored Nickel Plate 765 steam locomotive west of Elkhart Saturday, May 3, 2014. (Jennifer Shephard) (Buy this photo)

A large crowd gathered at the Elkhart train station as the Nickel Plate 765 steam engine approaches the station to pick up passengers for the excursion to Ohio Sunday, May 4, 2014. (Jennifer Shephard/The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

A Norfolk Southern employee waves to the crowd at the Elkhart train station as the Nickel Plate 765 steam engine arrives at the station to pick up passengers for the excursion to Ohio Sunday, May 4, 2014. (Jennifer Shephard/The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

A young boy waves a Norfolk Southern flag as he sits high above the crowd gathered at the Elkhart train station as the Nickel Plate 765 steam engine arrives at the station to pick up passengers for the excursion to Ohio Sunday, May 4, 2014. (Jennifer Shephard/The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

A young boy sits high above the crowd as passengers make their way to train cars at the Elkhart train station as the Nickel Plate 765 steam engine prepares to leave for the excursion to Ohio Sunday, May 4, 2014. (Jennifer Shephard/The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

The Nickel Plate 765 steam engine pours on steam as it powers toward Elkhart on its return trip to the station after its trip to Ohio Sunday, May 4, 2014. Hundreds of people gathered to see the train off Sunday morning at the Elkhart station. (Jennifer Shephard/The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Hundreds of people gathered at the Elkhart train station to see the Nickel Plate 765 steam engine as it began its journey to Ohio Sunday, May 4, 2014. (Jennifer Shephard/The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Five-year-old Zander Whitaker, top right, reacts as he hears the train whistle for the Nickel Plate 765 as he sits on his father Josh's shoulders as they watch the engine steam into the Elkhart station Sunday, May 4, 2014. Zander's sister Tru is sitting top left on top of her grandfather Larry Whitaker's shoulders. (Jennifer Shephard/The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

The Nickel Plate 765 steam engine pours on steam as it powers toward Elkhart on its return trip to the station after its trip to Ohio Sunday, May 4, 2014. Hundreds of people gathered to see the train off Sunday morning at the Elkhart station. (Jennifer Shephard/The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)
Nickel Plate 765 engine draws crowds and passengers
Posted on May 4, 2014 at 8:39 p.m.

The historic Nickel Plate 765 steam engine that steamed into Elkhart County on Thursday, May 1 drew crowds throughout the county all weekend ending with a late afternoon arrival back in Elkhart following a Sunday excursion to Ohio. Hundreds gathered at the Elkhart station for the departure Sunday.

Saturday evening after the train returned from its day trip you could see train buffs pulling off to the side of the road looking for a good vantage point to view the train as it went to the Elkhart rail yard for the night. One train watcher placed a nickel and a penny on top of each other on a rail as a small group waited on the west side of the yard. A diesel engine passing through ran over the coins and merged them into one. The older train buff gladly offered the new coin to a young boy standing nearby.

Train stories were non stop while our small group waited for the train. Grown men standing around a train crossing telling tales about how they followed trains with their dads when they were young.

Elkhart's appreciation for trains and their importance to the town's history was on display all weekend.