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colliehauler

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Posted: 11/20/19 10:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Today I watched the Union Pacific Big Boy 4014 go by at Solomon KS on it's 150 year commemorative run of the Trans Continental Railroad. It was the largest steam locomotive built. If you get a chance check it out on YouTube video.

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Posted: 11/21/19 06:09am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm a rail fan. Big Boy came up through eastern OK on their way back to Cheyenne on their southwest tour.
Heavy equipment has always intrigued me especially after working a short time at Unit Rig in Tulsa making 200 ton dumps back in '73/'74.
I made Claremore OK a hour early for Big Boys scheduled lube stop . Good grief...had to park down town a half mile away and still couldn't get.

UP Engineer Ed Dickinson and crew has done a tremendous job taking the 600 ton 4-8-8-4 beast apart and making it new again. Luckily their were a few old timers around that did this in the '40s/50s and early '60s era to give advice.


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Posted: 11/21/19 06:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The traffic was horrible, I could not beleive the turnout to see it come through. Cars were lined up from Solomon to Salina 12 miles. It was on the news and a very large turnout wherever it went. Union Pacific got thier money's worth in restoration cost in advertising. 7000 HP and 17' high truly massive.

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Posted: 11/22/19 07:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

here is a link

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Posted: 11/22/19 09:07am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Big Boy was in Yuma, AZ. several weeks ago. It spent the night downtown, then left about 8 AM. It was amazing to see all the folks watching it along the way thru Yuma. We went out of town to the VFW parking lot along US 95. When we got there was already several cars and more kept coming. What was funny was watching traffic going both directions on US 95 with that look of "what is going on"?

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Posted: 11/23/19 12:17am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Noticed the Weather Channel was showing Big Boy running through the snow in Hays KS today.

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Posted: 11/23/19 06:10am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Several you tubes popped up yesterday evening of 4014 in snow.
I bet the engineer ED Dickinson was glad as it cut down on the crowds lining the track. I saw where he had to shut the train down some where in TX because morons standing on the rails. You can hear ED making short continuous blasts on the whistle in many you tubes trying to get idiots of the rails.
Ed was engineer on the 844 steam engine last year on a run from Cheyenne to Denver and back. One woman was killed at a small town north of Denver. She was standing next to the rails and didn't get back. The rails are just 4'- 8.5" wide but these engines are 12' + wide.

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Posted: 11/23/19 07:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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Posted: 11/27/19 10:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Would love to see that train going down the rails. Union Pacific is doing an awesome event.


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Posted: 11/28/19 06:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Am I correct that it just finished the route? There doesn't seem to be a website that lists the completed dates and times of the various stops so I'm kind of inferring that it's finished.


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