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Anyone else as excited and aroused as I am? 

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I’ve been following the progress for a few years and was so excited to see its maiden voyage.  Now I just need to talk the wife into going out west for a train ride....

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why?  is this the one they have been restoring out in Cheyenne Wy. for a couple of years now ,I know it is a awesome brute with more tractive power than  any MACK ever had .And I know a few Macks of legend could pull the big boy ,but fill it with water and FO, fire up a 230psi head of steam and how many loaded M75 's could it haul. over the rocky mountians

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been following the rebuild all along. last few days the internet train geeks have been pouring in vids and reports on how its doing. Sounds like they are taking is slow and working some kinks out but she is running under her own steam. I never thought I would see one of these run. as a Kid we all wanted to see the biggest and best regardless and here we are today watching it ride the rails.

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Should be in Utah on May 10 for the 150th year celebration of the Golden Spike.

 

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UP releases schedule for 4014, 844 steam trips to Golden Spike anniversary

March 13, 2019
 
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UP Big Boy No. 4014 at the Cheyenne, Wyo., round house on May 8, 2014. Five years to the day later, it will arrive in Ogden, Utah, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad.
TRAINS: Jim Wrinn.
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Union Pacific locomotive No. 844 will begin this spring's steam festivities, leaving Cheyenne, Wyo., on April 27 to begin its trip to Ogden, Utah.
TRAINS: Jim Wrinn

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Union Pacific has announced its long-awaited schedule for steam operations this summer, featuring the return of Big Boy 4-8-8-4 No. 4014.

Events begin Saturday, April 27, with 4-8-4 No. 844’s departure from Cheyenne. It will travel to Rock Springs, Wyo., that day, and to Ogden, Utah, on April 28. It will be on display in Ogden April 29-May 4 and May 6-8, then take part in the Gold Spike 150th anniversary celebration in Ogden on May 9.

The Big Boy will be christened on Saturday, May 4, in Cheyenne at 9:30 a.m., and depart a half-hour later for Rawlins, Wyo. On May 5, it will go from Rawlins to Rock Springs; on May 6, from Rock Springs to Evanston, Wyo. After a day in Evanston with no public display, it will travel from Evanston to Ogden on May 8 and take part in the celebration on May 9.

Both locomotives will be displayed in Ogden May 10-11 before double-heading back to Cheyenne, traveling from Ogden to Evanston, on May 12 and Evanston to Rock Springs on May 13.  After two days of display in Rock Springs (May 14-15), the doubleheader will move to Rawlins on May 16 and to Laramie, Wyo., on May 17. After one day in Laramie with no public access, they will complete the return to Cheyenne on Sunday, May 19.

A full schedule with times and information on intermediate stops each day is available on the Union Pacific website.

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Has anyone here ever stopped in Snoqualmie Washington and looked at the yard full of old train engines in the middle of town by the biggest spruce tree on the rail car?  Had lots of neat old engines. I can remember as a youngster wanting to climb all over the big beasts. 

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Yup, been following it along since the beginning.  So cool.  I can't imagine the cubic money that has been spent on this!!!  All the new castings, all the machine work, man hours.   Ugh.

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Very KooL that 4014 is back! 

I got to see Big Boy 4012 at Steamtown in Bellows Falls, VT when I was a kid.  Still have the pennant from the gift store.  4012 is the Big Boy that later went to Scranton, PA.

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17 minutes ago, j hancock said:

Very KooL that 4014 is back! 

I got to see Big Boy 4012 at Steamtown in Bellows Falls, VT when I was a kid.  Still have the pennant from the gift store.  4012 is the Big Boy that later went to Scranton, PA.

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Somewhere I have a pic of Large and Medium standing in front of 4012 in Scranton. 

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I used to have a photo of 4012 at bellows Fall  from 1972 Had my oldest son while just a toddler sitting on the front pilot step .He was dwarfed  by the size of the big boy. visited it again a few years ago in Scranton. I want to say that they loaned  #3985 or#844 to Clinchfield  for the Santa run back in the 90's just before the announced they were shutting down the steam operation . I was suprised to say the least to see they revived it .Must have been a change in top managment.

 

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Old Number 90 at Strasburg is a timeless classic! I remember my dad taking me to Strasburg when I was a wee lad, and then taking my boys there when they were wee lads! 

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4 hours ago, j hancock said:

Nice! 

I have a couple old Kodak pictures of Big Boy 4012 but I can't seem to locate them at the moment.  The search continues because I wouldn't mind a stroll down memory lane.

One picture I do have is showing me and an older friend of the family about to ride in the Canadian Pacific 1293 at Steamtown.  Four people had the winning tickets.  Two people would ride to the tour run around point and the other two would ride in the cab on the way back to Steamtown.  It was a fantastic experience!

Last I knew, 1293 was alive and well at the Age of Steam in OH.

 

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They are having a shin dig July 5-6 called "Steam to Victory".   I hope to make it down again.  The first visit/tour wasn't enough.  It's about an hour south of me.

 

http://www.ageofsteamroundhouse.com/

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5 hours ago, Freightrain said:

 


They are having a shin dig July 5-6 called "Steam to Victory".   I hope to make it down again.  The first visit/tour wasn't enough.  It's about an hour south of me.

 

http://www.ageofsteamroundhouse.com/

Larry next time you are in Eastern Pa, you need to make time for Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton. Trust me. 

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More memories.  Long time ago, I visited the Strasburg Railroad and bought tickets to Paradise.  Also visited the Railroad Museum of PA, stayed at the Red Caboose Motel and checked out the nearby Toy Train Museum.  All a lot of fun!

I haven't had a chance to go to Steamtown in Scranton but hope to get that way.

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On 5/10/2019 at 8:38 AM, j hancock said:

More memories.  Long time ago, I visited the Strasburg Railroad and bought tickets to Paradise.  Also visited the Railroad Museum of PA, stayed at the Red Caboose Motel and checked out the nearby Toy Train Museum.  All a lot of fun!

I haven't had a chance to go to Steamtown in Scranton but hope to get that way.

You should have bought two tickets to paradise...just sayin, you really should've.

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1 minute ago, other dog said:

You should have bought two tickets to paradise...just sayin, you really should've.

I actually bought four tickets to Paradise but that is a story for another time...

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On 5/11/2019 at 8:55 PM, 41chevy said:

We also spent 2 weeks as volunteers polishing brass and chipping paint in the engine room on the USS Olympic in Philly. 

The Olympia is in trouble. She is in desperate need of a dry-docking to repair/refurb the hull, for which of course there is no money. Then to add insult to injury, she is resting on the bottom, and it will cost quite a few bucks to get her broken loose and to dredge a driveway for her out to the main channel to get her downriver to one of the private dry docks at the old PNSY or down to Sun Ship in Chester. If the work doesn't get done soon (I don't know what soon means) she could flood out below the waterline. 

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There was some stabilizing repairs in the the hull blisters, but that only slows the process. She hasn't moved since 1958 when she came to Philly and set idle from 1925 until she was moved 1958. 15 to 20 million to repair her and the Becuna need work on her hull also.   The Olympia is only slightly worse than the Texas. Both the last of their kind. Better to piss money away on Illegals than saving our history I guess.

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Better hope shit for brains from NY does not catch on to the coal burned to make that train go, won't fit into her new green fiasco

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Speaking of Strasburg you missed some must see items  1,the operating train layout with the hobby shop up stairs and the Ice cream parlor ,2,is off to the west a mile or so on the other side of town is one off the most awsome minnie golf courses I have ever played , And when you stayed in the Red Caboose motel did you eat in the dining car restaurant.I have eaten there many times .Lancaster Pa. is a treasure trove of must see places as well as just plan tourist traps ,that are fun to see once .and don't forget a side trip up to Lititz  in the fall for Mack truck show . and a stop at the Wilbur Chocolate  company. 

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