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Last updated: Tue. Jul. 15, 2014 - 07:52 am EDT

Nickel Plate 765 rolls into Fort Wayne with Detroit guests

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The Nickel Plate 765 steam engine rolled into downtown Fort Wayne at noon Saturday, at Calhoun and Superior streets, to drop off guests from Detroit.

To get the train station ready, folks from the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society spent three days cleaning and preparing the entrance and exit just for the weekend. The work included removing water and debris, painting handrails and stairs and improving lighting. The platform also offered a spectator view of downtown and the Allen County Courthouse.

Kelly Lynch, of the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society, said with the elevated tracks in downtown Fort Wayne, this event really shows off what's possible for Fort Wayne passenger rails.

Inside the train featured large seating areas, a large restroom in certain cars and neat details including hardwood window frames and painted signage on passageways.

Each passenger was equipped with a downtown area map highlights festival activities, restaurants and local businesses. Guests stayed until 4 p.m. when the train headed back to Detroit.

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