Union Pacific Big Boy

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Union Pacific Big Boy

Post by GuitarsWeB » Fri May 03, 2019 6:56 pm

Union Pacific Big Boy shake down run for 4014 Big Boy, first time in 59 years fire up. The plan is to run 4014 to Ogden, Utah for the May 10, 150th.
anniversary of the Golden Spike completion of the Trans-Continental Railroad on May 10. 1869

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Re: Union Pacific Big Boy

Post by David Norton » Sat May 04, 2019 1:09 am

Looking forward to seeing that locomotive in Salt Lake City in a week!
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Re: Union Pacific Big Boy

Post by montana » Sat May 04, 2019 5:30 am

My cousin in Holland is big into trains, that's his hobby. I can see why. I'm going to forward this to him. Thanks

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Re: Union Pacific Big Boy

Post by GuitarsWeB » Sat May 04, 2019 1:28 pm

You would be amazed at how many people are into trains! I was a Locomotive Engineer for Southern Pacific Railroad, 27 years...worked out of Bakersfield, California over the Tehachapi Mountains to Colton, CA. Every daylight trip tons of rail fans with their cameras would chase the trains for miles.
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Re: Union Pacific Big Boy

Post by Trev » Sat May 04, 2019 2:39 pm

that is one big Loco.
thanks for posting
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Re: Union Pacific Big Boy

Post by joachim33 » Sun May 05, 2019 7:18 pm

This has very nice images of how it moves:



Should be ok, from an ipr perspective. Copyright notice in the movie is the same as YouTube account holder.

Normally i don’t participate in the cafe, but a steam locomotive is a steam locomotive.

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Re: Union Pacific Big Boy

Post by Rick Hutt » Mon May 06, 2019 1:37 pm

My family lived in Cheyenne for many years, and I fondly recall climbing on "Big Boy" Nice to see it actually moving again. Roll on!
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Re: Union Pacific Big Boy

Post by GuitarsWeB » Mon May 06, 2019 2:46 pm

Here’s a nice shot someone posted on the web from Saturday.
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Re: Union Pacific Big Boy

Post by GuitarsWeB » Fri May 10, 2019 10:12 pm

Great video

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Re: Union Pacific Big Boy

Post by joachim33 » Sat May 11, 2019 8:10 am

GuitarsWeB wrote:
Sat May 04, 2019 1:28 pm
You would be amazed at how many people are into trains! I was a Locomotive Engineer for Southern Pacific Railroad, 27 years...worked out of Bakersfield, California over the Tehachapi Mountains to Colton, CA. Every daylight trip tons of rail fans with their cameras would chase the trains for miles.
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What kind of a locomotive 🚂 is this taken in?

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Re: Union Pacific Big Boy

Post by GuitarsWeB » Sat May 11, 2019 4:37 pm

What kind of a locomotive 🚂 is this taken in?

Made by American Locomotive Works in 1944, 4-8-8-4 Articulated

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Re: Union Pacific Big Boy

Post by joachim33 » Sat May 11, 2019 6:07 pm

GuitarsWeB wrote:
Sat May 11, 2019 4:37 pm
What kind of a locomotive 🚂 is this taken in?

Made by American Locomotive Works in 1944, 4-8-8-4 Articulated
Despite being European, I know what a Big Boy is :)

The question was about the picture of you in the locomotive with the Asturias guitar.

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Re: Union Pacific Big Boy

Post by GuitarsWeB » Sun May 12, 2019 12:21 am

Oh! It was a 4-axel General Electric B30-7 (?) They were total junk. Nowadays, GE locomotives are much better. We were stopped, waiting to get into the yard at West Colton. Out of Bakersfield, California, we had mostly EMD 6-axel power...very, very few GE’s in the 1980’s on the Bakersfield/West Colton Pool.

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Re: Union Pacific Big Boy

Post by RJVB » Tue May 14, 2019 10:58 am

GuitarsWeB wrote:
Sat May 04, 2019 1:28 pm
You would be amazed at how many people are into trains!
Some might also be amazed at how many songs there are about trains, life around them (think "hobo'ing") or as a metaphor. I seem to recall there's even a bluegrass album on the history of train references in "americana". A few samples:









I think equivalents can be found of course in classical music from before the train age, e.g.
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Re: Union Pacific Big Boy

Post by Michael.N. » Tue May 14, 2019 11:55 am

And there's also the very obvious Freight train of Elizabeth Cotton fame.
I don't think that Big Boy would fare well here in the UK. I think a tunnel might see to that. Steam trains are theatre whilst other trains are more about getting one from A to B.
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