The New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad Company, commonly called the Nickel Plate Road, was a Class I railroad that in 1949 operated 2,192 miles of road in the mid-central United States. The Nickel Plate had acquired the Class I Wheeling and Lake Erie Railroad in December of that same year. It’s primary freight locomotive power at the time was a fleet of 112 modern 2-8-4 Berkshire steam locomotives. The railroad served a large area, including trackage in the states of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. Its primary connections included Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Indianapolis, St. Louis, and Toledo.