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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
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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.
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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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