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  • kwthom
    started a topic For the Train-Geeks out there...

    For the Train-Geeks out there...

    Dragging this conversation over here as well...

    Hmmm...

    http://www.thedrive.com/news/21551/u...eam-locomotive

    https://www.atlasobscura.com/article...eam-locomotive



    "... with the intention of having it ready by May 10, 2019, the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad."

    Where are they going to go to - Ogden?? There's no longer track out to Promontory, I don't think - although there's enough track *at* Promontory to run the trains for the demonstration of the event.




    Now, I'm thinking there's gonna be a ton of people out there, no matter when this thing hits the tracks.

    "Bush expects train enthusiasts and history buffs from around the world to line the tracks from Wyoming to Utah when the Big Boy makes its first run in 60 years."

    I'm also thinking they'll most definitely have to do some trial runs. I'm betting their goal is to have it operational in late March/early April (four to six weeks before the event)

    They'll do their test runs along track east of Cheyenne...some YouTube of a shake-down run on 844 from early 2017:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=whcHZntoduE

    Now, *this* might be the time (away from the 150th celebration) to really check things out.

  • kwthom
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    Oil-fired these days, not coal.

  • 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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    A good overall story of the Big Boy here:

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

    Badass?


    Yeah...it's badass!

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

  • Rocky
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    Nice write up on the Blog.

  • kwthom
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    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.

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  • Tony in AZ
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    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?

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  • kwthom
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    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

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

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...-railroad.html

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  • kwthom
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    Thanks, Paul...I had a blast, and I think my wife did as well.

  • RoadRat
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    Awesome pictures Ken, thanks for posting and I'm looking forward to reading the blog when it's finished.

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  • kwthom
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    Laramie, WY station arrival


    Near Sinclair, Wyoming


    I will have more on the blog in the coming days...right now, some minor issues around the homestead need to be resolved.

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  • Offcenter
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    It has happened!!

    The Big Boy made it's first test run yesterday!!!
    Leaving the yard:
    https://youtu.be/qMNOnduYV3M
    Out on the main line:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvKfu_EGZIk
    The first Big Boy to move under it's own power in 60 years!!




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  • kwthom
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    A leisurely trip up that way for this begins tomorrow...

    Spotwalla link will be there at the blog.

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  • kwthom
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    My intent is to see it in less than a week...

  • Tony in AZ
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    I've been following the rebuild on 4014 Big Boy. The machine was taken out of service when I was 5 yr old. Maybe some day I will see this one in person

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  • Rocky
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    Found some Kewl youtube videos of this

    http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire...sion-announced
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akvLweWOd0g
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6ioWHf68Rs
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSG2v7uZjz4
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hd5WbDEp1Vk
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzCebWY0sZA
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nZ3it0q_gg

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  • kwthom
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    Reassembly continues at a furious rate - apparently, there's a LOT of discussion - and photos - on FB.

    Will it be ready to go in less than a week?

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  • kwthom
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    My understanding is that is house steam at that time not fired steam.

    Apparently still need Federal certificate to put it on the rails.

    They still might be able to get a test done in the next few days.

    EDIT: Blog on the ride here as it happens: https://kwthom.blogspot.com/2019/04/...run-again.html

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