Sunday, December 28, 2014


Old Nickel Plate Railroad line in Allen County, near the Whitley County line. (Tim Ashley)
Old Nickel Plate Railroad line guided restored steam locomotive to Elkhart County

Posted on May 12, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.

Last weekend, there was quite a stir in Elkhart County when restored steam locomotive number 765 came through.

It is a rare occasion to be able to see a steam-powered train in the local area. In order to get to Elkhart, the locomotive had to travel on part of an old Nickel Plate Railroad line. Shown is a section of this line in Allen County, not far from the Whitley County line and near the small community of Arcola.

Note the old poles with wire insulators on them. These are likely no longer used, but once served to carry communication lines for the railroad. On most older railroad lines, the poles have been removed, but this is one exception. Arcola is an unincorporated community with a history of being connected to the railroad line.