The Nickel Plate's H-5b class of 2-8-2s was outshopped by American Locomotive Company's Brooks Works and by Lima Locomotive Works in 1917. These engines were near-duplicates of the New York Central's H-5t class Mikados. No. 965 of this group was originally No. 524, but was renumbered in 1955 to make room for an Electro-Motive GP7 diesel unit. With 63-inch drivers and 24x32-inch cylinders, these locomotives had 200 p.s.i. of boiler pressure. They weighed 291,750 pounds and exerted 49,750 pounds of tractive effort. The class had 4010 square feet of evaporative heating surface, 895 square feet of superheater surface, and 57 square feet of grate area. Walter Weart, Transport Writer, snapped this photo of No. 965 in Chicago in July 1956. Records indicate she was sold for scrap in 1962.