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"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

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Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

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"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Friday, January 19, 2018

Because It's Friday

UP "Big Boy" update:

Rumor has been that UP wanted her done for the sesquicentennial of the "Golden Spike", but I don't see how that's going to happen. They are basically hand-building the entire locomotive.


Well Seasoned Fool said...

Occasional tours of the facility are offered. Went on one last year. Fascinating.

CenterPuke88 said...

Converting to oil fired? I guess I missed that before, I am a bit disappointed.

Comrade Misfit said...

My recollection is that UP had their own coal mines in Wyoming. The coal wasn't especially of good quality, so their locomotives had larger than typical fireboxes.

Anyway, they did convert 844 and 3985 to oil. (3985 has been laid up for maintenance, which will be done after 4014's back on the road.)

CenterPuke88 said...

Yep, Comrade, read that on a wiki page. Said the UP Big Boys had unusually large fire grates because of the poor quality coal they used. I knew they had done those two, but it would have been nice to see a real old steamer...but I guess the cinders and such would be a constant threat that the oil won’t be.

Deadstick said...

Yeah, I saw 844 on the Denver - Frontier Days run several years back, and it was on oil then.

Comrade Misfit said...

If you're out east, the CT Valley RR uses coal (or did the time I visited).