- November 25, 2019 at 5:20 pm #426024
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.
- November 25, 2019 at 5:54 pm #426028Rob EyersParticipant
Thanks for posting Bruce. I’m sure that others here, like me, remember steam locomotives from our youth. This one certainly is something special.
- November 26, 2019 at 12:47 am #426057
Glad you enjoyed it Rob! She’s a beauty!
- November 25, 2019 at 6:43 pm #426030
Thanks for posting Bruce, I had plans that fell apart to go see her when it came through Wy. Really Cool old train.
- November 26, 2019 at 12:43 am #426055
She’ll arrive back in Cheyenne tomorrow at 3pm. Perhaps you make it then!
- November 26, 2019 at 2:22 pm #426151
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
- November 26, 2019 at 7:01 pm #426173
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…
- November 26, 2019 at 2:24 pm #426154
- November 25, 2019 at 7:59 pm #426033PrestonParticipant
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?
- November 25, 2019 at 10:40 pm #426042bethParticipant
well worth viewing large. you can see the excellent panning work as well as the name big boy tagged on the front.
- November 26, 2019 at 12:47 am #426058
Thanks Beth! It was my first train photo. 🙂
- November 26, 2019 at 8:06 am #426100John TeateParticipant
Super cool, thanks for posting!
- November 26, 2019 at 7:02 pm #426174
- November 26, 2019 at 10:29 am #426118Kent DuFaultParticipant
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.
- November 26, 2019 at 7:06 pm #426176
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!
- November 26, 2019 at 12:13 pm #426137Dahlia AmbroseKeymaster
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 🙂
- November 26, 2019 at 7:03 pm #426175
- November 27, 2019 at 3:46 pm #426251John ThompsonModerator
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!
- November 27, 2019 at 7:24 pm #426262
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.
- November 28, 2019 at 7:36 am #426285JasenkaGKeymaster
Thanks for sharing 🙂 Yeah, it’s a beautiful beast!
- November 28, 2019 at 12:38 pm #426298Federico AlegriaParticipant
WOW, Thanks for sharing Bruce!
- December 2, 2019 at 12:25 am #426503
- December 2, 2019 at 12:49 am #426519David ChesterfieldModerator
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!
- December 2, 2019 at 1:56 pm #426564
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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