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Thumbs up UP Big Boy train.................. - 11-15-2019, 07:48 AM

If you live anywhere near this route you really outta go see this beast. One of the largest steam locomotives ever built is back on the tracks. Impressive doesn't begin to describe this machine. https://www.up.com/heritage/steam/schedule/index.htm A little taste: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztHvPfYWtXo&t=88s

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11-15-2019, 07:52 AM

That is a shitton of iron and steel.


Keep your head down and admire the shot.


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11-15-2019, 08:00 AM

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That is a shitton of iron and steel.
With the tender its over 130ft. long and weighs 1.25 MILLION pounds. Can go over 80mph. Crazy.
  
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11-15-2019, 08:03 AM

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With the tender its over 130ft. long and weighs 1.25 MILLION pounds. Can go over 80mph. Crazy.
Be good for a game of chicken.


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awesome! - 11-15-2019, 03:49 PM

I used to watch the trains pass in front of my house. Of course counting cars was a must when my age was in single digits. The rare steam train was a treat! The old farm I am on now still has coal boxes in the barn. Salvaging the coal along the tracks was a longstanding tradition around here. The old tracks were lifted and new tracks laid on the same right of way so we can see exactly where the old tracks were, just follow the new ones! There are also tracks through the swamps and wetlands, trains were often the most efficient way to get the huge cypress trees to market.

I have kept up with the monster steam engines for a long time. I thought there was a big boy or similar in the UK too, I was thinking it was a big boy. Anyway, monster steam engines fascinate people everywhere! Any time the wheels are as tall or taller than a man it is a beast of an engine.

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11-15-2019, 04:13 PM

Sof to comment on the exhaust in 5...4...3...2....


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I used to watch the trains pass in front of my house. Of course counting cars was a
must when my age was in single digits. The rare steam train was a treat! The old
farm I am on now still has coal boxes in the barn. Salvaging the coal along the tracks
was a longstanding tradition around here. The old tracks were lifted and new tracks
laid on the same right of way so we can see exactly where the old tracks were, just
follow the new ones! There are also tracks through the swamps and wetlands, trains
were often the most efficient way to get the huge cypress trees to market.

I have kept up with the monster steam engines for a long time. I thought there was a
big boy or similar in the UK too, I was thinking it was a big boy. Anyway, monster
steam engines fascinate people everywhere! Any time the wheels are as tall or taller
than a man it is a beast of an engine.


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I used to watch the trains pass in front of my house. Of course counting cars was a must when my age was in single digits. The rare steam train was a treat! The old farm I am on now still has coal boxes in the barn. Salvaging the coal along the tracks was a longstanding tradition around here. The old tracks were lifted and new tracks laid on the same right of way so we can see exactly where the old tracks were, just follow the new ones! There are also tracks through the swamps and wetlands, trains were often the most efficient way to get the huge cypress trees to market.

I have kept up with the monster steam engines for a long time. I thought there was a big boy or similar in the UK too, I was thinking it was a big boy. Anyway, monster steam engines fascinate people everywhere! Any time the wheels are as tall or taller than a man it is a beast of an engine.

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These were only used in the western U.S. It was designed to haul heavy freight up over the Wasatch range. The largest steam loco ever used in the UK wasn't even half as powerful. Its great that UP re-built this and is using it again.
  
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No doubt a powerful engine. But why the diesel/electric coupled to it?

Do they shut down the boilers through timber country to avoid errant sparks?
Limit emissions through towns?
Climb grades at a reasonable pace?
More effecient braking?

All of the above?


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No doubt a powerful engine. But why the diesel/electric coupled to it?

Do they shut down the boilers through timber country to avoid errant sparks?
Limit emissions through towns?
Climb grades at a reasonable pace?
More effecient braking?

All of the above?
This is its first really long run since overhaul. Most likely the DE is there in case there's a major problem. It runs on oil so the sparks are not an issue. Might send UP a msg to get an exact answer.
  
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This is its first really long run since overhaul. Most likely the DE is there in case there's a major problem. It runs on oil so the sparks are not an issue. Might send UP a msg to get an exact answer.
Did a quik search. Said its for reliability issues and improved braking.
  
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Up close...look.

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I went and saw this beast today. UN-freakin-real. People EVERYWHERE to see it. The sound of that horn was just awesome. When they were greasing it it just sat and hissed like some damn monster. Wayyy too cool.
  
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my hometown in Nevada has several old steam locomotives they also let you learn to drive one if you have the $$$ but rides are cheap

Summers the train gets robbed

Halloween the trains are haunted

Christmas they do polar express

the full tour of a working late 19 early 20th century railyard

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