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Message 1991741 - Posted: 27 Apr 2019, 22:10:43 UTC - in response to Message 1991725.  

The prints shown are raw and have not been cleaned or sanded. I'm quite pleased with the results.

I can see why. With that quality of finish at that scale, it will save a lot of time cleaning & finishing them off ready for painting.
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Message 1992280 - Posted: 2 May 2019, 11:35:15 UTC
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I got an e-mail today from one of the train cam sites I belong to. Reminding me that The Big Boy 4014 makes it's debut this comimng Saturday.

Read all the info here:

https://www.up.com/heritage/steam/schedule/index.htm?mc_cid=1828a2b72c&mc_eid=7e5720c022

Virtual Railfan have a currently free camera at Laraime WY, this is from the e-mail

"Don't Miss Big Boy on our Laramie Cams
Living Legend #844 and the recently restored Big Boy #4014 will be stopping in front of our Laramie, Wyoming cameras this Saturday, May 4! 12:30 pm MT, 2:30 pm EDT. We'll be able to catch them again for an even longer stay on their way back from Ogden in a couple of weeks. Laramie is up and running for this historic moment!

Virtual Railfan's Laramie, Wyoming cameras: https://youtu.be/7eTvnHMJnI4 "

Should be quite a sight!!
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Message 1992595 - Posted: 4 May 2019, 16:14:29 UTC

Big Boy 4014 left Cheyenne at 10:00am MT



Still from the Trains Magazine live Facebook feed.
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Message 1992598 - Posted: 4 May 2019, 16:51:36 UTC

Wow! and under Her own Brutal power, better than being towed by a diesel electric.
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Message 1992600 - Posted: 4 May 2019, 18:03:56 UTC
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Better still she is on her way to Ogden and will pass Virtual Railfans' Laramie camera in about 29 minutes. (12:30 MT)

It is on Youtube here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eTvnHMJnI4

4014 will be coming towards the camera
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Message 1992609 - Posted: 4 May 2019, 19:33:37 UTC
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Big Boy 4014, arrives at Laramie WY



It is now the largest, heaviest, and most powerful operational steam locomotive in the world.

Well done to Union Pacific for doing what no one though would happen, a Big Boy running under is own power again.




PS. In case you are wondering about the words"Big Boy" in chalk on the front, apparently the class series originally was to have been called the "Wasatch". One day, however, while one of the engines was being built, an unknown worker scrawled "Big Boy" in chalk on its front. With that, the legendary name was born and has stuck ever since.
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Message 1992612 - Posted: 4 May 2019, 20:09:52 UTC - in response to Message 1992609.  

4014 is Big, Bad, and will remain the most powerful steam loco until an Allegheny 2-6-6-6 is restored to operation and so far the Beast from the East is only a dream. UP should be real proud.
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Message 1992624 - Posted: 4 May 2019, 23:19:15 UTC - in response to Message 1992600.  

Bernie thanx for the link
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Message 1992625 - Posted: 4 May 2019, 23:47:02 UTC - in response to Message 1992624.  

Bernie thanx for the link
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Message 1992627 - Posted: 5 May 2019, 0:12:33 UTC - in response to Message 1992609.  
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I suspect that our steam engine which is has been in a Nashville park, and is now being restored, will be the biggest and the most powerful.
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Message 1992643 - Posted: 5 May 2019, 4:30:36 UTC - in response to Message 1992627.  

I suspect that our steam engine which is has been in a Nashville park, and is now being restored, will be the biggest and the most powerful.

FWIW, it is big and powerful, but a shadow of the Big Boy
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NC%26StL_576
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Pacific_Big_Boy
and lest we forget the Allegheny
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2-6-6-6
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Message 1992649 - Posted: 5 May 2019, 5:47:38 UTC

Yep, never forget the Lima H8 Allegheny 2-6-6-6 at 7300hp was the most powerful steam loco ever designed.
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Message 1992650 - Posted: 5 May 2019, 5:49:25 UTC

until an Allegheny 2-6-6-6 is restored to operation


I think that is a far of if not impossible dream. CSX do not have the same history of restoring or running steam.

UP had 8 Big Boys to choose from when they decided to restore one. There are apparently only 2 Allegheny 2-6-6-6's left, one of which was damaged in a flood and was only "cosmetically" restored.

Of course the overall factor is cost, UP was willing to spend the money, CSX apparently is not.

Whilst I didn't expect to see a Big Boy steam again, I certainly do not expect to see an Allegheny 2-6-6-6 do the same, sad though that may be.
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Message 1992652 - Posted: 5 May 2019, 7:01:20 UTC - in response to Message 1992650.  

until an Allegheny 2-6-6-6 is restored to operation


I think that is a far of if not impossible dream. CSX do not have the same history of restoring or running steam.

UP had 8 Big Boys to choose from when they decided to restore one. There are apparently only 2 Allegheny 2-6-6-6's left, one of which was damaged in a flood and was only "cosmetically" restored.

Of course the overall factor is cost, UP was willing to spend the money, CSX apparently is not.

Whilst I didn't expect to see a Big Boy steam again, I certainly do not expect to see an Allegheny 2-6-6-6 do the same, sad though that may be.

Yes, but it would be magnificent.
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Message 1993084 - Posted: 8 May 2019, 5:52:19 UTC

Found this web site mentioned on one of my Facebook Groups...

Map of Abandoned Railroad Rights-of-Way.

This is a working map primarily of abandoned railroad lines across North America, with layers to include abandonments across the rest of the world, tourist trains and heritage railways, and unbuilt railroads.

This map is incomplete, and will almost certainly remain incomplete. For the purposes of this map; the terms railbanked, out of service, disused, and abandoned are used interchangeably.


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Message 1993281 - Posted: 9 May 2019, 16:12:28 UTC

From Railway Age: Union Pacific: Golden at 150

COVER STORY, MAY 2019 - Railway Age antecedent American Railway Times, May 15, 1869: “On May 10, the last rail connecting the tracks of the Union and the Central Pacific Railroads was spiked in place, thus giving a continuous railway line across the continent. The blows of the hammer driving home the last spike were heard simultaneously by the aid of the telegraphic wires at the extreme eastern and western sides of the continent; and in many places the marked event was celebrated by the ringing of bells, the firing of salutes, and the interchange of congratulations between the different sections of the country.


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Message 1994084 - Posted: 17 May 2019, 21:35:30 UTC
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Big Boy 4014 and 844 have returned to Laramie WY where they will be till Sunday morning

Long shot arriving:



Closer



The train then reversed onto the siding opposite the depot



These pictures are from the cameras of Virtual Railfan, who will have the two cameras live on youtube here

Laramie East Cam: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aoYMiBSAIQ
Laramie PTZ Cam: https://youtu.be/6UNnU6ELrpU
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Message 1994130 - Posted: 18 May 2019, 1:39:42 UTC - in response to Message 1994084.  

Wow! Loco porn! ;)

Great pics Bernie. It's good to see a real strong loco on the rails.
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Message 1994175 - Posted: 18 May 2019, 9:50:39 UTC

If only someone had saved a Niagara class locomotive...
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Message 1994193 - Posted: 18 May 2019, 14:06:03 UTC - in response to Message 1994175.  

If only someone had saved a Niagara class locomotive...

There is a live steam replica of the Niagara in the UK, it took 25 years to build I read.
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