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Title: Nickel Plate info request
Post by: hgcHO on April 06, 2008, 12:01:14 AM
Can any one give general information on  Nickel Plate ?   I am being given a box car with # 16425 which is just a number but the history or background on Nickel Plate would be nice to know.

Thanks in advance

HGC


Title: Re: Nickel Plate info request
Post by: Conrail Quality on April 06, 2008, 12:41:36 AM
The Nickel Plate was techincally named the New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad, but that name was rarely used otherthan on legal documents. It was absorbed into the Norfolk & Western in 1964.

Here's the link to the Nickel Plate Road Historical & Technical Society; as much Nickel Plate info as you'll ever want to know.
http://nkphts.org/history.html


Title: Re: Nickel Plate info request
Post by: hgcHO on April 06, 2008, 06:54:27 AM
Excellent - Thank you Conrail Quality, Right On Information.

HGC


Title: Re: Nickel Plate info request
Post by: RAM on April 06, 2008, 02:59:49 PM
Have you ever wondered what it would have been like if The Nickel Plate would have merged with the Norfolk & Western back in the steam days.


Title: Re: Nickel Plate info request
Post by: SteamGene on April 07, 2008, 10:14:08 AM
For one thing, they still might be all steam....  :D
Gene


Title: Re: Nickel Plate info request
Post by: sour rails on April 08, 2008, 11:22:33 AM
For one thing, they still might be all steam....  :D
Gene

     What a nice laugh! Gene.  However, whenever I get enough space for a layout, I'm going to freelance the NKP in relatively modern times.  By doing so, I'll have to document my version of "history."


Title: Re: Nickel Plate info request
Post by: ta152h0 on April 08, 2008, 12:45:34 PM
they still be using " dampflokomotiven "  ? with brass hats ?


Title: Re: Nickel Plate info request
Post by: Woody Elmore on April 08, 2008, 02:10:59 PM
The Nickel Plate Road got it's nickname from Cornelius Vanderbuilt, owner of the New York Central. He was interested in buying the railroad but when he heard the high asking price he is reported as asking if the railroad was "nickel plated."


Title: Re: Nickel Plate info request
Post by: sour rails on April 08, 2008, 02:23:25 PM
The Nickel Plate Road got it's nickname from Cornelius Vanderbuilt, owner of the New York Central. He was interested in buying the railroad but when he heard the high asking price he is reported as asking if the railroad was "nickel plated."

That is not what the history page of the nkphts says.  Anyways, I read a book once that one chapter was all about Vanderbuilt.  It even said that his rail service reached St. Louis by purchasing the Nickel Plate.  It may have been Cornelius' son that actually bought it, it has been a while since I read that book.  With it's financial management, we might as well say that their rails were made of nickel.


Title: Re: Nickel Plate info request
Post by: SteamGene on April 08, 2008, 02:40:46 PM
I've heard the Vanderbilt quote, too.  Urban legends preceded the internet by hundreds of years.  No telling which story is the correct one, but I've heard the Vanderbilt story more frequently. 
Gene


Title: Re: Nickel Plate info request
Post by: danmerkel on April 11, 2008, 03:57:11 PM
Actually, the name Nickel Plate has several different theories for its origin.  They are covered in various discussions in at least three different books that I've read.

If you are really serious about Nickel Plate information, look for "The Nickel Plate Story" by John Rehor.  It is the definitive history of the NKP.  The book is out of print but can be had if you look around some.  I saw one not too long ago go for about $30 on Ebay.  It is considered to be one of the best written railroad histroy books and is a "must have" for anyone serious about the Nickel Plate.

dlm


Title: Re: Nickel Plate info request
Post by: hgcHO on April 11, 2008, 06:54:49 PM
Thanks, all above, for your input and dlm will look for the book.  By the way I got my box car 'Nickel Pate' with 'DCC uncoupling' installed and it works really fine.  I will review DCC uncoupling in another thread.

HGC


Title: Re: Nickel Plate info request
Post by: Redtail67 on April 13, 2008, 07:43:08 PM
hgcHO


Looking forward to your review of DCC uncoupling. I really know nothing of DCC just a basic very basic understanding. trying to read all I can before I attempt to use it.

Redtail67


Title: Re: Nickel Plate info request
Post by: Rickmartin on April 17, 2008, 08:24:14 PM
I've also heard those quotes and I believe another one might have occured when several railroad tycoons were gathered together. One made light of the NKP's size since it didn't have as much trackage as the larger roads to which the owner replied something to the effect that "yes but my railroad is just as wide as yours" (4', 8.5") Rick Martin