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The Largest Steam Locomotive in North America Draws Massive Crowds in Midwestern Tour
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Posted by Besoeker 2019-08-04 02:29|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [6480 views ]  Top

#1 The Big Boy was restored to take part in the 150th anniversary of the completion of the 'transcontinental railroad' at Promontory, Utah on May 10, 1869.

So called 'transcontinental', because you still had to change trains in Chicago, take a ferry across the Mississippi and Missouri to get to Omaha, where the Union Pacific began. But it was the 19th century equivalent of the July 20, 1968 moon landing.
Posted by Bobby 2019-08-04 06:32||   2019-08-04 06:32|| Front Page Top

#2 Shipman would be ecstatic.
Posted by Deacon Blues 2019-08-04 07:45||   2019-08-04 07:45|| Front Page Top

#3 Aye, he would
Posted by Frank G 2019-08-04 08:56||   2019-08-04 08:56|| Front Page Top

#4 Diesel locomotives took over from steam because they were modular, efficient, economical, and much easier to operate and maintain. However, steam built this country. The articulated locomotive of the Union Pacific—the Big Boy—and the cab forward AC-12s of the Southern Pacific were the zenith of steam locomotive design. It is good that we preserve our history with these giants so we know where we came from.
Posted by Alaska Paul  2019-08-04 09:53||   2019-08-04 09:53|| Front Page Top

#5 My youngest, his son and I traveled to see the 4014 in Altoona, Wisconsin. It Was Awsome!.

Highly recommended is you get the chance. Schedule

Posted by Mullah Richard 2019-08-04 10:02||   2019-08-04 10:02|| Front Page Top

#6 Seen it. One stopped in my small town a few years ago. It was indeed awesome.
Posted by Secret Master 2019-08-04 19:18||   2019-08-04 19:18|| Front Page Top

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