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  • #21
    Here is a follow up story with great pictures and info.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...-railroad.html
    **You may not like the Truth-But that doesn't change it!**
    "Life is Tough-It's tougher when you are stupid"
    1981 CB900C -DCT
    1986 GL1200 SEi - DCT
    2004 GL1800 - "Modified Ring & Pinion"

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    • #22
      So, I've updated the original blog with a LOT more photos...

      https://kwthom.blogspot.com/2019/04/union-pacific-steam-engine-to-run-again.html

      ...and made it two-parts, since it's pretty photo intense.

      https://kwthom.blogspot.com/2019/05/big-boy-returns-to-rails.html

      Great trip - highly recommend it!

      --Ken & Grace
      Ken (IBA #50030) & Grace (IBA #62768)Tucson, AZ"Get busy living, or get busy dying." -Andy Dufresne, The Shawshank Redemption 1994ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕMy blog

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      • Rocky
        Rocky commented
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        Nice write up on the Blog.

      • kwthom
        kwthom commented
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        Thanks! Mom & dad enjoy 'em, so that's my major audience.

    • #23
      thanks for the updates... I watched the on going restoration of the 4014 on You Tube in recent years.. I would like to see more of the work on the machine. Perhaps the UP is planning a DVD Set or something with more details on the rebuild?
      2013 Red Airbag 1800

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      • #24
        A contractor for the UP (Wasatch Railroad Contractors) did the bulk of the work, as far as I could tell...which could be a reason why it was on-time.

        I heard that the cost of restoration for 4014 was in the $10 million dollar range. Don't know if that included the costs of moving it from CA to WY; my guess is that it was not.
        Ken (IBA #50030) & Grace (IBA #62768)Tucson, AZ"Get busy living, or get busy dying." -Andy Dufresne, The Shawshank Redemption 1994ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕMy blog

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        • #25
          A good overall story of the Big Boy here:

          https://www.popularmechanics.com/tec...-badass-train/

          Badass?


          Yeah...it's badass!
          Ken (IBA #50030) & Grace (IBA #62768)Tucson, AZ"Get busy living, or get busy dying." -Andy Dufresne, The Shawshank Redemption 1994ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕMy blog

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          • Clamper
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            That was a great article. To use up all that coal and water in two hours is something. I've been to the Calif. and Nevada train Museums and taken a few of the excursion trains around the West, but never enough. Never thought or read about Rail Giants in Pomona. Thanks Ken.

          • kwthom
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            Oil-fired these days, not coal.

        • #26
          In the event you weren't watching...

          https://www.up.com/heritage/steam/schedule/index.htm

          The Great Race Across the Southwest

          Guess I might be busy chasing that thing around *my* backyard in mid-October.

          For the gang in ¡Arizona!, see my post in the state forum.
          Last edited by kwthom; 09-13-2019, 02:38 PM.
          Ken (IBA #50030) & Grace (IBA #62768)Tucson, AZ"Get busy living, or get busy dying." -Andy Dufresne, The Shawshank Redemption 1994ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕMy blog

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          • #27
            Video link!



            Blog has my photos so far!
            Ken (IBA #50030) & Grace (IBA #62768)Tucson, AZ"Get busy living, or get busy dying." -Andy Dufresne, The Shawshank Redemption 1994ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕMy blog

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            • #28
              I thought long and hard about sharing this - her top makes it too easy NOT to share.

              The lines lead to a turn about 1/2 mile from where this locomotive is at. The loco is moving at about 40 or 45MPH as I took this picture; the track they are standing next to is a live track.

              If something was coming the other direction, they would have never heard it!

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              Ken (IBA #50030) & Grace (IBA #62768)Tucson, AZ"Get busy living, or get busy dying." -Andy Dufresne, The Shawshank Redemption 1994ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕMy blog

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              • Wheels
                Wheels commented
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                Don't play on the railroad.......you're welcome.

              • kwthom
                kwthom commented
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                I just now saw this comment...

                "This message a public service from Wheels "

            • #29
              Missed this event by 1 day. We were in Levan, Utah for 2 days and it was coming through the day after we left. It was going to be a big event there. We also visited Promontory and the golden spike site. That place is out in the boondocks!
              Dave - High up in Arizona - 2012/GL1800

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              • kwthom
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                A few years' ago, they would have a demonstration of the ceremony there at Promontory on Saturdays. As we were passing thru the area from further north, I had learned that little tid-bit and we stopped by. It was pretty darn cool!
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