Union Pacific “Big Boy”

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    • #426024
      Bruce Gordon
      Participant

      Not a spectacular photo, but I thought you might like to see the largest steam locomotive ever built. 25 were built for Union Pacific, and this is #4014. There are only seven remaining on static display in various cities in the US; is the only one in the world still operational.

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    • #426028
      Rob Eyers
      Participant

      Thanks for posting Bruce. I’m sure that others here, like me, remember steam locomotives from our youth. This one certainly is something special.

      • #426057
        Bruce Gordon
        Participant

        Glad you enjoyed it Rob! She’s a beauty!

    • #426030
      Robert Apple
      Moderator

      Thanks for posting Bruce, I had plans that fell apart to go see her when it came through Wy. Really Cool old train.

      • #426055
        Bruce Gordon
        Participant

        She’ll arrive back in Cheyenne tomorrow at 3pm. Perhaps you make it then!

        • #426151
          Robert Apple
          Moderator

          I thought about it, the 27 inches of snow we got last night changed my mind, a Friend of mine and fellow photographer got these in June.

          Photos by Denise Hawkins

          • #426173
            Bruce Gordon
            Participant

            Fantastic images! Thanks for sharing. Please give my compliments to Denise for her excellent work.

            We only got 14 inches here in Denver, which kept me indoors today as well…

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          Robert Apple
          Moderator

    • #426033
      Preston
      Participant

      Nice one Bruce!  We have one here in Scranton, but I’d love to hear one actually chug past. Was this taken when they were moving to Promontory Point for the Transcontinental Railroad anniversary?

      • #426056
        Bruce Gordon
        Participant

        Yes! This taken between her stop in Strasburg, CO and Denver. Tomorrow she leaves Denver for the final leg of her journey back to Cheyenne, WY.

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      • #426059
        Bruce Gordon
        Participant

        I tried to post a video so you could hear it, but it won’t work…

    • #426042
      beth
      Participant

      well worth viewing large.  you can see the excellent panning work as well as the name big boy tagged on the front.

      • #426058
        Bruce Gordon
        Participant

        Thanks Beth! It was my first train photo. 🙂

    • #426100
      John Teate
      Participant

      Super cool, thanks for posting!

    • #426118
      Kent DuFault
      Participant

      I like the shot. Trains are really hard to capture in a way that depicts their majestic size and strength as viewed in person. I’ve tried many times over the years to photograph trains, and I have very few that I’m really proud of.

      • #426176
        Bruce Gordon
        Participant

        Thanks Kent!

        I should have posted some info on the locomotive; it’s 137 feet long, weighs 1.2 million pounds and delivers 135,000 pounds of tractive effort… A real beast!

    • #426137
      Dahlia Ambrose
      Keymaster

      This is a great image Bruce and I love images of trains. This one with the steam coming off, looks amazing. Thank you for sharing with us 🙂

    • #426251
      John Thompson
      Moderator

      Is this a 4-8-8-4?  It is huge!  I grew up with a railroad stock yard almost in my back yard.  They were coal fired trains and the roofs of the cars showed it.  Also, visiting Western Pennsylvania as a child, I could see the coal trains there.  They were some of the longest I have seen.  I have seen a steam locomotive pulling a coal train thru the horseshoe curve in Altoona, Pa.  I love trains!

      • #426262
        Bruce Gordon
        Participant

        Correct John, she’s a 4-8-8-4! 137 feet long, counting the tender. I think we all love trains. Even the sound of the whistle is somehow sad, nostalgic and lonesome all at the same time.

    • #426285
      JasenkaG
      Keymaster

      Thanks for sharing 🙂 Yeah, it’s a beautiful beast!

    • #426298
      Federico Alegria
      Participant

      WOW, Thanks for sharing Bruce!

    • #426503
      Bruce Gordon
      Participant

      Thanks Federico!

    • #426519

      What a magnificent beast!

      I work for a railroad, though we decommissioned our last steam loco’s in 1971. They are a firm favourite of mine though, and the local passenger network run a steam train for about 10 days every year – one day i will get a trip on it, and the obligatory images of course!

       

      • #426564
        Bruce Gordon
        Participant

        It was really cool to watch it cruise on by! There are several operating narrow gauge railroads here in Colorado, and I plan to visit them all!

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