Nessa was a Nickle Plate 2-8-4 Berkshire Number 767, She Worked on the NKP moving fast freight and passenger trains
between Chicago, Fort Wayne and Buffalo, New York. On July 15th, 1951 fate would intervene on Nessa's behalf for the first of three times. That evening, She was pulling the Nickel Plate Train no. 51. a freight train nicknamed the Flying Saucer due to its timetable speed – and She was headed westbound into Fort Wayne. At the railroad’s new terminal in New Haven, the Nickel Plate crossed the Wabash Railroad’s competing line to St. Louis. At 10:22pm, Wabash passenger train no. 13 entered the crossing at a crawl, having mistaken the Nickel Plate’s green signal for their own.
As Nessa’s headlight revealed the passe