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  • The Nickel Plate Road Historical & Technical Society, NKP History & More
    Plate Road Historical Technical Society Inc NKPHTS is one of the oldest railroad historical organizations in the country The Society was founded in 1966 for the purpose of obtaining preserving and disseminating information and material related to the New York Chicago St Louis Railroad Company commonly known as the Nickel Plate Road NKP and its predecessor constituent and affiliated railroads Today we are an organization of over 800 members including authors historians photographers railroad employees and officials model railroaders and railfans of all interests The Society provides each member with the quarterly Nickel Plate Road Magazine and two eZines the Nickel Plate Road Modeler s Notebook and the monthly NKPHTS E List Newsletter We publish an annual calendar hold an annual convention and support NKP preservation projects Please join us in celebrating the life of a truly great railroad the Nickel Plate Road To download a brochure about the NKPHTS and history of the Nickel Plate Road please click here Much of the historical and photographic material depicted on this website has been submitted by society members and visitors to this site to be shared with other fans of the Nickel Plate Road We invite your participation If you have

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  • About the NKPHTS
    benefit and service to its members as well as to assist qualified non profit museums libraries rail groups and historical organizations either financially or technically in the preservation conservation and or collection of material equipment and memorabilia relating to the railroad and its predecessors ABOUT US The Nickel Plate Road Historical Technical Society Inc was formed in Lafayette Indiana in 1966 The NKPHTS was incorporated in the state of Ohio in 1972 as a nonprofit non stock corporation organized for educational purposes We are recognized as a 501 c 3 organization by the Internal Revenue Service so all contributions of material and money are tax deductible Information on donating money and materials to the NKPHTS may be found here The NKPHTS publishes the quarterly Nickel Plate Road Magazine devoted to the history of the Nickel Plate Road Lake Erie amp Western Wheeling amp Lake Erie and the Toledo St Louis Western Clover Leaf railroads Included from time to time are articles on the current status of Nickel Plate facilities and rolling stock and other railroads joint operation with the Nickel Plate The color magazine is printed on high quality paper and generously illustrated with photos and maps The Society publishes two eZines the monthly E List Newsletter which provides timely information on Society news and events Nickel Plate related news new NKP model products website updates and more and the Nickel Plate Road Modeler s Notebook that presents topical material to the Society s modelers in all modeling scales areas of interest and levels of ability and to explore the world of Nickel Plate Road models and modeling with photos how to articles reviews and news of new NKP products For over thirty five years the NKPHTS has published an annual calendar with fourteen high quality photographs of the NKP

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  • Company Store
    free to email our Special Projects director at the email address shown below Contents 2014 2015 Catalog August 12 2016 Calendar Added Web Page 1 Publications Soft cover Books Track Diagram Books Back Issue Calendars Art Web Page 2 Hard bound Glossy Books NKP DVD s Models Web Page 3 NKPHTS Magazine Back Issues Winter 1992 Summer 2009 Web Page 4 NKPHTS Magazine Back Issues Fall 2009 Winter 2014 Word

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  • Contact the NKPHTS
    or your request may be delayed Please read our Privacy Policy before submitting a question PLEASE report any bad links or missing files and or pages to the Webmaster Thanks Questions and comments about or contributions to this web site webmaster nkphts org Questions about items for sale through our Company Store your current order status product requests etc store nkphts org Please note to help distinguish your email inquiry to the store from the pile of spam we ve been receiving please include NKPHTS in your Subject line e g NKPHTS Store Order Inquiry Thank you Questions about Membership membership nkphts org Inquiries concerning monetary donations and contributions of NKP historical material donations nkphts org Inquiries concerning our Memorial Fund memorial nkphts org Questions about or contributions to our Magazine and other publications publications nkphts org Questions about or contributions to our Digital Imaging Program imaging nkphts org Questions of a general nature contact nkphts org Please note that we will make every attempt to answer general questions about the Nickel Plate Road but that we can not guarantee results We encourage you to post your questions on one of three forums dedicated to the Nickel Plate Road Links to those forums may be found by clicking here You may also submit your question to the NKPHTS Magazine Tack Board by sending it to our Publications Director In addition there are many publications written about the Nickel Plate Road in which you may find your answer Visit our Company Store to order many of those publications Other publications may be purchased at hobby shops train shows railroad museums eBay com Amazon com barnesandnoble com goldenspike us Railpub RAILBookStore com AllBookstores com Railroad Collectible Papers and Stephans Railroad History just to mention a few A full bibliography of these publications

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  • NKPHTS Convention Information
    models and photos at the conventions the Board has agreed to suspend the model and photo contests and instead have display categories This change is to encourage those who do not like contests to bring models they have finished or are works in progress to show others what can be done with ready to run kits or scratchbuilt models All scales are welcome Similarly please bring your photos of NKP subjects even if they re just snapshots showing something of interest to other NKP enthusiasts All modeling categories are included structures locomotives rolling stock track maintenance of way and dioramas There are many modelers in the NKPHTS who could share with us what they are working on and could influence other members to build models dioramas or layouts Any NKP related including railroads in which the NKP had an interest models or photos from the earliest days to what could have for modern modelers are welcome Will you participate If you wish to display your model or photo please download the entry form s below and bring the completed form with you to the convention PDF Model Display Entry Form Word doc Model Display Entry Form PDF Photo Display Entry

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  • Donate to the NKPHTS
    Road Magazine and the Society s Publishing Program Please consider a financial gift to the Society To Donate by Mail Make checks or money orders payable to NKPHTS Inc Please indicate to which of the above five funds you wish to contribute Please send to NKPHTS Inc Post Office Box 9 North Hampton OH 45349 0009 To Donate by PayPal Click on the PayPal button below On the PayPal page please indicate how much you wish to donate Please indicate to which of the above five funds you wish to contribute in the text box on the Paypal checkout screen Top THE NICKEL PLATE ROAD HISTORICAL COLLECTIONS Contributions of historical material relating to the Nickel Plate Road its predecessors and constituent railroads the Toledo St Louis Western Lake Erie Western and Wheeling Lake Erie and affiliated railroads the Detroit Toledo Shore Line Peoria Pekin Union Railroad Litchfield Madison Railway Illinois Terminal Company Toledo Terminal Railroad Co Cleveland Union Terminal Co and Kokomo Belt Line are accepted for deposit at the society s Historical Collections housed at the Western New York Railway Historical Society The Nickel Plate Road Historical Collections is the largest archive of its kind dedicated to the Nickel Plate Road and includes thousands of items including The Howard W Ameling Photograph Collection and material related to the Nickel Plate from The Gustave W Erhardt Collection It is also the repository for the Charles H Geletzke Detroit Toledo Shore Line Collection Qualified historical material includes photographs color slides postcards track plans painting lettering diagrams public employee timetables books pamphlets promotional material historical documents and other ephemera of historic significance to the Nickel Plate its employees and its operations The NKPHTS accepts single items and complete collections for long term preservation on a nonrestricted basis as long as the material relates to the mission of the society and the objectives of its Historical Collections All contributions of historical material are fully tax deductible and those with a fair market value of more than 250 00 may be accepted under the provisions of a written Transfer Deed at the request of the donor For further information on how your Nickel Plate Road material may be donated please contact the society by mail at NKPHTS Past National Director NKPHTS Inc Post Office Box 9 North Hampton OH 45349 0009 Or by email at donations nkphts org Top NKPHTS HISTORICAL PRESERVATION AND DIGITAL IMAGING PROGRAM NKPHTS HISTORICAL PRESERVATION From Wendy Crim Historical Preservation Coordinator In 2004 Heritage Preservation carried out the first national survey the Heritage Health Index to document collections preservation needs in libraries museums and archives That survey showed that roughly 1 3 billion items need treatment to reduce the risk and rate of damage However this doesn t even scratch the surface in addressing the overall issue since so many of our historic images are in private collections The NKPHTS is ahead of the curve with its Digital Imaging Program which follows the protocol of the Institute for Museum Library

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  • NKPHTS Event Calendar
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 To Enter or Edit an Event click on the date To View an event s information click on the Event Name below the day s date To return to the NKPHTS Home Page click on the Home Icon For a Printer

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  • History of the Nickel Plate Road
    The streamlined diesels were affectionately called BLUEBIRDS and were the only motive power on the post 1900 Nickel Plate not painted black In 1949 the Nickel Plate leased the long sought Wheeling Lake Erie Railway which it had controlled for a number of years The Wheeling gave the Nickel Plate a financially stable railroad that was a consistent money maker With the addition of the W LE the stage was set for Nickel Plate s spectacular operational and financial performance of the 1950 s Related Link NKPHTS Reflections Series Nickel Plate District Top Lake Erie Western The acquisition of the Lake Erie Western Railroad in 1922 united Nickel Plate with the railroad it had been built to complement forty years earlier The Lake Erie Western s Sandusky to Peoria mainline started in Ohio with the Fremont Indiana Railroad Company on April 22 1853 The Fremont Indiana was incorporated to build a line from Fremont southwest towards the Indiana State line As years passed more trackage was laid and through acquisitions the line was completed in 1888 Crossing the LE W at Tipton Indiana was a line that extended from Indianapolis to Michigan City Indiana This line became part of the LE W on April 8 1887 Built by the Peru Indianapolis which was incorporated in Indiana on January 19 1846 this was the first and oldest trackage on the Nickel Plate System Another LE W branch was a line that extended from Fort Wayne through Muncie to Connersville At New Castle a line split off to Rushville This trackage was acquired by the LE W in 1890 In 1895 the LE W leased the Northern Ohio a line that extended from Akron to Delphos Ohio This line which eventually became the Akron Canton Youngstown was omitted from the LE W NKP consolidation but the Northern Ohio s debts nearly bankrupted the Nickel Plate during the 1930 s The Lake Erie Western itself became part of the New York Central System in 1900 The LE W was operated as a separate entity throughout its association never integrated into NYC operation After the Van Sweringens acquired the Nickel Plate the New York Central sought to unload the LE W so the Nickel Plate and the LE W were finally united The Lake Erie Western Railroad gave the Nickel Plate another gateway Peoria The Fostoria to Frankfort portion became a vital link in the latter day freight operations The LE W largest of Nickel Plate s four components became to Nickel Plate what it had never been to New York Central an integral part of a well run railroad Related Link NKPHTS Reflections Series Lake Erie Western District NKPHTS Members Only Top Clover Leaf The Toledo St Louis Western Railroad became part of the Nickel Plate on December 28 1922 Finally after forty years the New York Chicago St Louis reached St Louis For the Clover Leaf the TStL W s nickname their line from Toledo to St Louis was nearly ten years in building The Toledo Maumee began it all in 1874 with a seven mile narrow gauge line along the Miami Erie Canal in Toledo Ohio The final stretch from Charleston to St Louis was completed in 1882 after fourteen sections had been completed earlier The consolidation of several narrow gauge lines formed the Toledo Cincinnati St Louis Railroad in February 1881 The TC StL W often called the Little Giant fell into financial trouble almost as soon as it opened and was reorganized on June 12 1886 as the Toledo St Louis Kansas City Railroad shorn of its Cincinnati line It was at this time that the Clover Leaf was born The following year the line from Toledo to Frankfort Indiana was widened to the standard gauge It was nearly two years before the Frankfort St Louis portion was completed Unfortunately the Clover Leaf was beset with high overhead low profits and stiff competition These facts stifled growth and denied the Clover Leaf luxuries enjoyed by other railroads So the wandering Clover Leaf brought to the Nickel Plate a road that opened up valuable connections through the St Louis gateway while presenting difficult operating and engineering problems Related Link NKPHTS Reflections Series Clover Leaf District Top The Wheeling Lake Erie The Wheeling Lake Erie Railway was leased by the Nickel Plate on December 1 1949 for 99 years The Wheeling brought to the Nickel Plate a gateway to the mid Atlantic states access to many coal fields the Wheeling traversed and the Nickel Plate s first lake port The Wheeling Lake Erie s history began with the organization of the Carroll County Rail Road on March 9 1850 This ten mile horse car line eventually grew into a five hundred mile railroad that formed a cross in northern Ohio From the original Carroll County the line extended west to Canton by 1880 Then it was built north to reach Cleveland in 1881 the same year the Nickel Plate was built The Connotton Valley as it was now known then turned south where it reached Coshocton in 1883 It later reached Zanesville as a standard gauge railroad now called the Cleveland Canton Southern Railroad The C C S became part of the Wheeling on August 5 1899 The original Wheeling Lake Erie was incorporated on April 6 1871 to build a railroad between the Ohio River and Lake Erie Toledo was selected as the northern terminus with a branch to Huron This mainline was completed in 1889 The W LE never did reach Wheeling West Virginia on its own rails as the mainline ended at Martins Ferry Ohio but did reach Wheeling via the Wheeling Bridge Terminal Co and completed a branch to Steubenville in 1891 The Wheeling of 1899 also took control of the Cleveland Belt Terminal Railroad Company and the Zanesville Belt Terminal Railway Co two belt and industrial switching lines in their respective cities In 1901 the Adena Railroad bought the Bellaire Valley Junction Railway a proposed twenty

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