by D Alex
Also, what's with the dozen rusty hopper cars on the end? Are they carrying anything more important than maybe maintenance ballast? And couldn't they find a dozen cars fresh out of the paint shop?
Big Boy left its home base at the Union Pacific Steam Shop in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on Aug. 5, traveling across Nebraska and Kansas.
This is the first time Big Boy has gone on tour since its post-restoration debut in 2019 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the transcontinental railroad’s completion. It is returning in 2021 with brief whistle-stops in more than 90 communities and one-day public display events in five major cities: Fort Worth and Houston, Texas; New Orleans, Louisiana; St. Louis, Missouri; and Denver, Colorado.
Gilbert B Norman wrote: ↑Sun Aug 15, 2021 4:12 pm Even if some question Uncle Pete's enthusiasm over Amtrak LD's over his road, there can be no doubt that he carefully preserves his heritage.Both have done so already in a way.
The same applies, albeit to a lesser degree in that private organizations preserve his steam power, to Topper.
Now all we need is for Warren and "Kitty Kitty" to recognize they have a heritage as well.
Gilbert B Norman wrote: ↑Tue Aug 17, 2021 7:03 am Thank you Mr. Spatch; first report I had seen regarding the B&O liveried Chessie Executrain. Finally, I like the new whistle.Forgot to add this for BNSF -
J.D. Lang wrote:I'm sure that quite a few members of this forum have seen some of the videos on youtube of 4014 during it's recent outing as I have but this one really stood out to me by showing the mechanical majesty of this machine in motion.Thank you. Here are some of my best shots from this last tour:
Accelerating out of Walnut Ridge, AR
Credit Photographer Fan Railer for this great pacing shot.
I stood beside the railroad tracks in the heat of the Texas summer, listening intently for the distinctive sound of a steam locomotive. Other than the cicadas chirping from the nearby mesquite trees, I couldn’t register anything out of the ordinary. I closed my eyes to heighten my sense of hearing — still nothing.I don't know where those parties come from that hold Uncle Pete cares less about the heritage of his road. Possibly because the "traditional wishbone" UP has remained passenger train free since '83, or adopting Precision Railroading, but their keeping an 80yo locomotive in operating condition is certainly indicative of "otherwise".
Suddenly the harsh dinging of a railroad crossing bell broke the silence. I flinched reflexively as the candy-striped mechanical arm descended to block the road a few steps away from me. It wouldn’t be long now.
Union Pacific today announced plans to postpone the Big Boy No. 4014’s West Coast Steam Tour to focus its efforts on easing supply chain congestion. The tour had been scheduled to depart Cheyenne, Wyoming, June 26.
“We know many rail enthusiasts make travel plans and communities prepare to act as host, which is why we made this decision now,” said Scott Moore, senior vice president – Corporate Relations and chief administrative officer. “We have a duty to continue our efforts to reduce supply chain congestion and provide customers the service they deserve; given the impact of a steam tour on our operations that focus must be our priority.”
Union Pacific will communicate updated plans for a steam tour once service performance levels return to normal. For information regarding the Big Boy and future tour information, join the Union Pacific Steam Club at http://up.com/SteamClub.
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