Forum Sponsorsss


Forums General General Discussion
  • Topic: MUST WATCH - UP's Big Boy #4014 & #844 Double Header

    Back To Topics
    (0 rates)
    • May 12, 2019 9:08 AM EDT
      • McLean, VA
         
      • Posts
        122
      • Thanks
        1
      • Thanked
        13

      MUST WATCH - UP's Big Boy #4014 & #844 Double Header

      May 10, 2019 marks 150 years since American completed its first transcontinental railroad.  If you love steam trains, you've got to watch this video of the newly restorated UP Big Boy #4014 and #844 double heading to participate in the anniversary celebration at Promontory Point, Utah.  Wish I could have been there.  This event 150 years ago marked the beginning of an era that helped to make America the great power it is today......all powered by steam locomotives! 

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zz29o3aFags

      Enjoy.

       

      This post was edited by Thomas White at May 19, 2019 12:14 AM EDT
      ____________________________________

      Tom White

      LGB Railfan - LocomotivesPro

      https://www.olddominionrailways.com/

       

    • May 12, 2019 9:26 AM EDT
      • West Grove, Pennsylvania
         
      • Posts
        10,704
      • Thanks
        453
      • Thanked
        708

      ____________________________________

      "Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --Martin Luther King Jr

    • May 12, 2019 12:49 PM EDT
      • Candlewood Valley, Connecticut
         
      • Posts
        13,171
      • Thanks
        944
      • Thanked
        657

      A few hundred of those amateur foamers need to read the safety rules in the guide Ray posted.  Standing in the gauge of the main-line to take pictures. How intelligent.

      ____________________________________

      www.cvsry.com www.cvsry.com

    • May 12, 2019 1:04 PM EDT
      • Ohio
         
      • Posts
        968
      • Thanks
        173
      • Thanked
        47

      Jon...That would be like standing in the middle of the race track to get a good pic of the racers coming at ya..... :-) They just don't get it.....

       

    • May 12, 2019 1:15 PM EDT
      • Ohio
         
      • Posts
        968
      • Thanks
        173
      • Thanked
        47

      So, just about every video I have watched with a steam engine pulling a excursion train has a diesel in the consist. What is the purpose of dragging it along?

       

    • May 12, 2019 1:28 PM EDT
      • West Grove, Pennsylvania
         
      • Posts
        10,704
      • Thanks
        453
      • Thanked
        708

      Mostly for dynamic braking, signaling and in case they break down.

      ____________________________________

      "Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --Martin Luther King Jr

    • May 12, 2019 1:38 PM EDT
      • McLean, VA
         
      • Posts
        122
      • Thanks
        1
      • Thanked
        13

      Ken Brunt said:

      Mostly for dynamic braking, signaling and in case they break down.

      Yes, correct.......it's to provide added power to a steamer(s) and more importantly backup locomotion if a steamer has a mechanical breakdown.

      I assume everyone noticed the last car on the consist........the president of UP's car.......nice digs!

      ____________________________________

      Tom White

      LGB Railfan - LocomotivesPro

      https://www.olddominionrailways.com/

       

    • May 12, 2019 1:45 PM EDT
      • McLean, VA
         
      • Posts
        122
      • Thanks
        1
      • Thanked
        13

      Jon Radder said:

      A few hundred of those amateur foamers need to read the safety rules in the guide Ray posted.  Standing in the gauge of the main-line to take pictures. How intelligent.

      Jon - Yes, very dangerous but UP didn't have sufficient staff positioned there to control.......a serious safety issue that UP should be concerned about.  Note the one scene where the UP agent was on the wrong side of the train and motioning people to get back fron the track........but look down that side of the track and you see tons of people there still all over the track!

      Unfortunately here in the Washington DC area there have been three incidents in the last 12 months with people walking on the mainline and were hit by fast moving Amtrak locomotives.  They routinely travel at 70 - 80 miles per hour and at that speed you don't have many seconds to jump out of the way!  The Acela gets up to 150 mph on a section of straight track from Boston to New London, and up to 135 - 140 mph on a section in New Jersey where you can see NYC in the background.

      Tom  

      ____________________________________

      Tom White

      LGB Railfan - LocomotivesPro

      https://www.olddominionrailways.com/

       

    • May 12, 2019 8:09 PM EDT
      • Post Falls, Idaho
         
      • Posts
        7,509
      • Thanks
        1,716
      • Thanked
        804

      We need to start a petition to the Gubberment that all rail power be returned to steam power by 2025.

      ____________________________________
    • May 12, 2019 9:05 PM EDT
      • Defending the State of Exile! ,
         
      • Posts
        13,532
      • Thanks
        1,664
      • Thanked
        1,076

      Ken Brunt said:

      Mostly for dynamic braking, signaling and in case they break down.

      The diesels are actually for Head End Power but nobody bitched about the Sinclair antennas on the Puffer Belly !

    • May 12, 2019 9:07 PM EDT
      • Defending the State of Exile! ,
         
      • Posts
        13,532
      • Thanks
        1,664
      • Thanked
        1,076

       

    • May 12, 2019 9:08 PM EDT
      • Defending the State of Exile! ,
         
      • Posts
        13,532
      • Thanks
        1,664
      • Thanked
        1,076

    • May 12, 2019 9:22 PM EDT
      • Highland, Maryland
         
      • Posts
        1,701
      • Thanks
        897
      • Thanked
        553

      Devon Sinsley said:

      We need to start a petition to the Gubberment that all rail power be returned to steam power by 2025.

       

      I agree. 

       

      Cliff

       

      PS, here's an argument on that theme, but with a twist:  Solar steam train

       

       

    • May 12, 2019 10:36 PM EDT
      • Spokane Valley, Washington St.
         
      • Posts
        5,445
      • Thanks
        271
      • Thanked
        218

      diesel also powers the electricity in the cars in some instants. Those little steam generators on the locos barely power the cab lights and running lights.

    • May 12, 2019 10:41 PM EDT
      • Marysville, Kansas
         
      • Posts
        806
      • Thanks
        700
      • Thanked
        249

      " Rooster " said:
      Ken Brunt said:

      Mostly for dynamic braking, signaling and in case they break down.

      The diesels are actually for Head End Power but nobody bitched about the Sinclair antennas on the Puffer Belly !

       

      Actually the 2nd car in the consist, #209 Howard Fogg is the HEP car.  It contains a generator for powering the passenger cars.  It is part of the std. consists that goes with the steamers.  When the train passes at the 11:30is mark, you will see the large silver vents in the side. 

       

      Unfortunately, the Dismals are now carried for additional braking and backup power.  They probably won't be going away.  At least they are clean.

      This post was edited by Chris Kieffer at May 13, 2019 7:05 PM EDT
    • May 12, 2019 11:51 PM EDT
      • Ohio
         
      • Posts
        968
      • Thanks
        173
      • Thanked
        47

      Didn't mean to stir anything up... was just curious. I figured it was for extra power or something... Just kinda looks out of place....... Rooster who's the Dork meter for...LOL..

       

    • May 13, 2019 8:07 AM EDT
      • Marysville, Kansas
         
      • Posts
        806
      • Thanks
        700
      • Thanked
        249

      The dismals used to provide power all the time to ease the burden on a 74 year old steamer.

       

      The 844 had the MoPac heritage unit in tow and lost the DPU link and couldn't shut the dismal down.  They ran thru their station stop and a signal, got bad enough they applied 844s loco brakes to stop the train and ended up flat spotting the drivers.

       

      Lesson, you can't trust a dismal!

      This post was edited by Chris Kieffer at May 13, 2019 8:31 AM EDT
    • May 13, 2019 6:08 PM EDT
      • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
         
      • Posts
        10,553
      • Thanks
        93
      • Thanked
        731

      Lesson, you can't trust a dismal!

      No, you cant trust them newfangled, unproven, cantankerous, Diesel-lectic things.

      ____________________________________

      Shannon car Shops
      Home of the infamous leg lamp

      I.A.R.R.R. Member #12

      and King Butt Modeler

    • May 14, 2019 8:28 PM EDT
      • Holiday Inn Express, School of train repair
         
      • Posts
        780
      • Thanks
        869
      • Thanked
        612

      ____________________________________

       

      Boomer

       

      These Bachmann connies are great but you gotta hit'em jusssst rightttt!

       

    • May 16, 2019 8:22 AM EDT
      • McLean, VA
         
      • Posts
        122
      • Thanks
        1
      • Thanked
        13

      Folks - Besides UP's #4014 and #844, my other favorite steamer is Norfolk & Western Class J #611.  I rode one of her last excusions from Alexandria VA to Stauton VA in 1994 before they retired her to the Virginia Museum of Transportation, Roanoke VA.  They did two run-bys at full bore for anyone who wanted to debark and film or just enjoy that amazing event.  It's wonderful she was restored about three years ago and doing runs again.  She will be visiting the Strasburg Railroad PA in October and I've purchased a cab visit to the third seat.......was only $100 for 30 minutes compared to much higher price for sitting on either the engineer's seat or fireman's seat.   

      This post was edited by Thomas White at May 16, 2019 8:33 AM EDT
      ____________________________________

      Tom White

      LGB Railfan - LocomotivesPro

      https://www.olddominionrailways.com/

       

Forums General General Discussion

    Icon Legend

  • Topic has replies
    Hot topic
    Topic unread
    Topic doesn't have any replies
    Closed topic
    BBCode  is enabled
    HTML  is enabled

Add Reputation

Do you want to add reputation for this user by this post?

or cancel

Ads by Google