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Old 11-18-2013, 06:48 AM   #1
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The worlds largest steam locomotive lives again *pics*


Whats going on guys,

As far as hobbies go, ive worn a lot of hats, one of them was model trains. Anyone who has ever dabbled in model trains or have just had a fascination of trains in general knows the worlds largest steam engine is Union Pacific's 4-8-8-4 dubbed the " Big Boy ". For those who dont know anything about them, this particular locomotive was made in 1941 and pulled trains weighing over 3,200 tons through the roughest terrain rail has ever been laid on. The locomotive and tender weigh 1,250,000lbs ( 566,990.5 kilograms for those across one pond or another ).

Well over 50 years ago when steam was replaced with diesel, Union Pacific donated one of their big boys to a railway museum just a skip, a hop and a jump away from my house, and i have visited this museum many times growing up, and was able to climb all over it, a little kids dream. Union Pacific has reacquired this donated locomotive with the intention of doing a ground up restoration and is going to get this true monster breathing again.

If you are interested in reading an article about this, here is one for you.

http://www.dailybulletin.com/general...s-train-museum

So tomorrow it leaves for its trip to Wyoming where it will be torn apart and built back up to live for another 75 years. Before it left, i wanted to make sure i got down there and was able to say goodbye to it, a surprisingly emotional experience...

Anyway, here are some of the pics i took with my new fancy camera, if you are interested in full 20.4 megapixel versions of any of these pictures just send me a PM and ill be happy to email it to you.

enjoy guys!









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Old 11-18-2013, 12:34 PM   #2
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Very kewl......
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Old 11-18-2013, 12:42 PM   #3
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I'm at awe and cannot wait to see it fully restored and hope to see a video of the entire process ! I always wished I could see one in person as I know pics do not do it's size justice. Thanks for sharing as I had no idea this was planned ! I live near Spencer, NC and my great uncle used to build / repair steam engines back in the day. He actually helped build the one in the Smithsonian. Back in the early years there was New York, Atlanta, and Spencer, NC (mid point of east coast travel).
See this link...it's not a big boy but it's a beaut:
http://amhistory.si.edu/onthemove/co...object_15.html
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Old 11-18-2013, 01:05 PM   #4
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Wow! Thanks for sharing.
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Old 11-18-2013, 01:05 PM   #5
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http://www.railgiants.org/union-pacific-big-boy.html

Saw the Big Boy during the LA county fair. That museum is really cool at night!

Thanks for the pics, you got a trippy double image of a Cessna in the background of the first pic.
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Old 11-18-2013, 04:51 PM   #6
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I watched a show on the Challenger No. 3985 (similar but slightly smaller unit) the other day on the Rural network. They showed some old footage of this one and mentioned is was getting restored.
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The specs on it are at UPsteam.com
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Old 11-18-2013, 05:46 PM   #8
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Very nice. Thanks for posting.
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