Along with painting special locomotives to honor its history, Norfolk Southern has announced a schedule for employee steam excursions throughout its 20,000-mile system this summer, including two weekends that will involve trips in or near Toledo, to celebrate its corporate 30th anniversary. These will not be public excursions, so getting on board likely won't be possible for most, but they will still offer the public chances to see a big-time main line steam locomotive pulling a train across at least a little of the countryside. We imagine there will be lots of rail enthusiasts along the tracks to watch this one -- and probably a few police officers around to discourage anyone from doing anything dangerous, too.
Here's what NS has sent out to its workforce. It doesn't have specific times or terminals for the trains, but the Lake Division includes terminals in Fort Wayne, Ind., Columbus, and Bellevue, while the Dearborn Division includes Toledo, Detroit, and Elkhart, Ind. The Nickel Plate 765 is almost certain to be assigned to the local trains, given that it is based in Fort Wayne.