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Message 1385989 - Posted: 30 Jun 2013, 3:29:18 UTC - in response to Message 1385791.  

There are only six of these engines left and they will all be at the National Rail Museum in York on anniversary day the 3rd July.

Two of them were shipped over from North America for the event.

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Message 1386122 - Posted: 30 Jun 2013, 14:30:32 UTC

Good news! The Virginia Transportation Museum has found that if it can raise $3.5 million by the end of October, N&W 611 can be restored to service once again.

For more details, this article on the Trains Magazine Newswire is viewable without a subscription to the magazine. You can also visit http://fireup611.org to donate.

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Message 1386237 - Posted: 30 Jun 2013, 22:51:36 UTC - in response to Message 1386061.  

The poor old Flying Scotsman 4472 isn't doing too well though. Basically they are saying that repairs in the past have been bodged and it now needs to be done properly.

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Seems it's a bit of a curse as it nearly bankrupted two previous owners
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Message 1386487 - Posted: 1 Jul 2013, 16:18:07 UTC

The latest entry in Illinois Railway Museum's blog. Steam Department Update

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Message 1387229 - Posted: 3 Jul 2013, 16:27:28 UTC

I can't believe I haven't posted about this earlier, but here it is.

My best friend is a service attendant, soon to be promoted to conductor, for Pullman Rail Journeys. He also does other work for the parent company, but it all involves passenger trains. Pullman is bringing back to the rails the luxury experience of the heyday of passenger rail travel. This video is a quick overview of the Pullman service. (No, the guy being interviewed is not my friend; I've never met him, but I'd like to.)

I'm hoping to get a ride on it myself sometime soon (taking advantage of his friends and family discount, of course). I just wish they went someplace where the temperature isn't 95 with humidity to match.

I have tagged along on deadhead moves of some of their cars, and toured more of them in the Amtrak yard in Chicago (virtually all of their trips, either Pullman or other charters, run on the back of regular Amtrak trains or under Amtrak's operating authority (and liability shield)). These cars are beautiful inside.

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Message 1387276 - Posted: 3 Jul 2013, 17:12:46 UTC - in response to Message 1387261.  

If you are going to go Pullman then there is only one proper way to do it.

Pullman

I'd love to do that, but I can't really even afford the heavy discount off an upper berth in an open section (which won't stop me from doing it anyway).

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Message 1387318 - Posted: 3 Jul 2013, 18:57:27 UTC - in response to Message 1387315.  

Wow! At least as a Restaurant, the car avoided being scrapped. Now the car can be restored to Her former glory.
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Message 1387352 - Posted: 3 Jul 2013, 19:38:08 UTC

And for one that is in service today:

http://www.orient-express.com/web/vsoe/venice_simplon_orient_express.jsp

A few months ago we tried blagging breakfast or lunch off one of their crews while trying to sort out a problem nearby. Best bacon roll ever ;-)
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Message 1387612 - Posted: 4 Jul 2013, 14:05:15 UTC - in response to Message 1387539.  

There is another one here as well.


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Neat Chris, thanks for sharing that.
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Message 1388531 - Posted: 7 Jul 2013, 14:30:20 UTC

Here's another video about the City of New Orleans. Most of it is about the Pullman service, but the last couple minutes are on the regular Amtrak cars.

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Message 1389462 - Posted: 10 Jul 2013, 13:09:24 UTC

Here's yet another video about Pullman Rail Journeys and the trip to New Orleans. My friend will soon be promoted to the same position this guy has.

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Message 1389512 - Posted: 10 Jul 2013, 16:23:54 UTC - in response to Message 1381049.  
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WE have the same controversy in the UK regarding HS2. Anyhow more cheerfil news is here. Mallard


Great shame it is no longer "steamable" and has to be hauled to Grantham!

I saw Tornado towing it to Shildon last time it was moved, that was quite a sight.

If i had the laptop i'd pull some photos up.
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Message 1390665 - Posted: 14 Jul 2013, 16:57:29 UTC

Good news from Illinois Railway Museum.

I hear from a friend who volunteers there that 1630 may be operating by the end of August.

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Message 1394000 - Posted: 23 Jul 2013, 20:40:52 UTC

It has finally happened. Union Pacific is buying a Big Boy back from the museum they donated it to in 1961 and will restore it to operation. Presumably, the target time for restoration is the 150th anniversary of the completion of the first transcontinental railroad.

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Message 1394013 - Posted: 23 Jul 2013, 22:21:36 UTC - in response to Message 1390665.  

Good news from Illinois Railway Museum.

I hear from a friend who volunteers there that 1630 may be operating by the end of August.

I've read this and part of the latest entries there on the 1630, quite fascinating, it's a St. Louis-San Francisco Railway 2-10-0 "Decapod" Frisco #1630, I had to google a few fact that I knew to figure that out, She's almost 100 years old. Still glad the locomotive is being overhauled. :)
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Message 1394032 - Posted: 24 Jul 2013, 0:53:51 UTC - in response to Message 1394013.  

Good news from Illinois Railway Museum.

I hear from a friend who volunteers there that 1630 may be operating by the end of August.

I've read this and part of the latest entries there on the 1630, quite fascinating, it's a St. Louis-San Francisco Railway 2-10-0 "Decapod" Frisco #1630, I had to google a few fact that I knew to figure that out, She's almost 100 years old. Still glad the locomotive is being overhauled. :)

The IRM roster page about 1630. She was built for the Russian railways, but after the revolution the order was canceled.

More information about Russian Decapods.

IRM also has another locomotive built for Russia (actually, the Soviet Union) in 1946, but not allowed to be exported due to the Cold War. Little Joes were electrics and informally named for Joe Stalin after the South Shore Line bought three, five were sold to Brazil, and the Milwaukee Road bought the rest.

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Message 1394054 - Posted: 24 Jul 2013, 2:20:38 UTC - in response to Message 1394032.  

Good news from Illinois Railway Museum.

I hear from a friend who volunteers there that 1630 may be operating by the end of August.

I've read this and part of the latest entries there on the 1630, quite fascinating, it's a St. Louis-San Francisco Railway 2-10-0 "Decapod" Frisco #1630, I had to google a few fact that I knew to figure that out, She's almost 100 years old. Still glad the locomotive is being overhauled. :)

The IRM roster page about 1630. She was built for the Russian railways, but after the revolution the order was canceled.

More information about Russian Decapods.

IRM also has another locomotive built for Russia (actually, the Soviet Union) in 1946, but not allowed to be exported due to the Cold War. Little Joes were electrics and informally named for Joe Stalin after the South Shore Line bought three, five were sold to Brazil, and the Milwaukee Road bought the rest.

And today some rail against railroads, sigh... I won't, it's still fascinating.
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Message 1394204 - Posted: 24 Jul 2013, 15:14:20 UTC - in response to Message 1394000.  

It has finally happened. Union Pacific is buying a Big Boy back from the museum they donated it to in 1961 and will restore it to operation. Presumably, the target time for restoration is the 150th anniversary of the completion of the first transcontinental railroad.

Holy smokes, that's quite a machine.

Why do American locos always have every piece of pipework on the outside? Makes them look really ungainly.
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Message 1394218 - Posted: 24 Jul 2013, 15:28:51 UTC - in response to Message 1394204.  
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It has finally happened. Union Pacific is buying a Big Boy back from the museum they donated it to in 1961 and will restore it to operation. Presumably, the target time for restoration is the 150th anniversary of the completion of the first transcontinental railroad.

Holy smokes, that's quite a machine.

Why do American locos always have every piece of pipework on the outside? Makes them look really ungainly.


That's only the second most powerful Steam Locomotive ever built, the most powerful is the 2-6-6-6 C&O H8 Allegheny made by LIMA, there were 68 made, now there are only 2... One's in the Henry Ford Museum(was still dripping oil at one time) and the other is in the B&O Museum rotting away(some wanted to restore this loco to power, it was deemed too expensive without a multi-millionaire to donate the required money)...

UPR 4-8-8-4 6950hp
C&O 2-6-6-6 7500hp...

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Message 1394225 - Posted: 24 Jul 2013, 15:45:38 UTC

Seems it's time for a reprise of Guthrie's song......eh?
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