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    Posted 6 years ago

    fortapache
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    I was going to post some caboose photos but I ran across these so we will go with the Big Boy.
    The Big Boy series locomotives were arguably the largest locomotives ever built with a 4-8-8-4 wheel arrangement. Basically it was two giant locomotives put together to make a truly gigantic locomotive.
    It was on static display at the Pomona Fairplex until recently when Union Pacific decided to restore it to operating condition. 4014 was in the best condition of all the remaining Big Boys as it was well cared for and in dry climate.
    The first three photos were taken at the Union Pacific yard in Colton. The last photo is from Pomona.
    Everything about this locomotive was huge from the lead wheel section to the centipede tender. Hamburger and hot dog buns were kept behind the cow catcher should an unfortunate cow wander on to the tracks.

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    1. itmidcent568 itmidcent568, 6 years ago
      These pictures remind me of when I was traveling with my sister and nephew in Virginia and we stopped in a town called Crewe and they have this little train museum and outside they have this old steam engine and some railcars and then the caboose at the end and I took pictures of my nephew pretending to run the train. He had a fascination with trains as a child. He has since grown up and gone off to college. I will always cherish that memory though.
    2. fortapache fortapache, 6 years ago
      Thank you itmidcent568. Glad I could bring back a memory.
    3. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 6 years ago
      nice pictures,,,,,,,,,,,
    4. verretcheque verretcheque, 6 years ago
      Freight or passenger services was the principal purpose?? I'm guessing freight, as a locomotive this big for hauling passengers would have been uneconomic.
      M
    5. fortapache fortapache, 6 years ago
      Thank you kindly Roy Croft.
    6. fortapache fortapache, 6 years ago
      Thank you verretcheque. It was for freight service in WWII to carry freight over the Rockies. At about 60mph it was fast for freight but slow for passenger service.
    7. verretcheque verretcheque, 6 years ago
      Thanks for the info. This locomotive has an air of dragster about it, "it works well, but let's just stick another block in there, to be sure". Love it. It makes so-called "muscle" trains looking like 8 st and 6lbs weaklings and in serious need of help from Charles Atlas...
    8. Rattletrap Rattletrap, 6 years ago
      I love that train & am so sad that the cool train at the Geneva Steel Park in Privo Utah was sold and went out of State as was the Train in Liberty Park in Salt Lake. What were those guys thinking to let those awesome trains get away?
    9. Trey Trey, 6 years ago
      GIGANTIC!!! Does that mean it could pull double the amount of cars?
    10. fortapache fortapache, 6 years ago
      You are welcome verretcheque. It does indeed have that look.
    11. fortapache fortapache, 6 years ago
      Thank you very much Rattletrap. I am a bit bummed they are taking away our Big Boy but glad it will be operating again.
    12. fortapache fortapache, 6 years ago
      Thank you very much Trey. What it could do is carry a heavy train over mountains like the nearby Cajon Pass without a helper locomotive so I think that is a yes.
    13. fortapache fortapache, 6 years ago
      Thank you
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    14. fortapache fortapache, 6 years ago
      Thank you
      EJW-54
      SEAN68
    15. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 2 years ago
      THANKS fort, for pointing out your own showing here of the same magnificently HUGE chunk of huffa-puffa iron that I just witnessed today for the first time?!!
      <applause>
    16. Lata Lata, 1 year ago
      Impressive machine!
    17. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 1 year ago
      Lata, here's my own post/showing when BigBoy was here for a visit last summer. Don't miss the YouTube link at the bottom... ;-) ;-) :-) :-)

      Thanks to you for bringing fort's post back to the top of the list this afternoon...what pleasant memories it unexpectedly brought to me, too... :-) :-) :-)
    18. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 1 year ago
      But aww crap, I suppose it'd help if I actually put the link to my post in here too...
      <headdesk>

      https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/274281-a-rather-distinguished-visitor-was-in-to
    19. fortapache fortapache, 1 year ago
      Thank you very much Lata.

      Thank you very much AO. Hopefully I can see it next time it comes by and maybe even get a ride.
    20. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 1 year ago
      Here's another fun video (NOT mine, caught by a friend I doubt would mind I'm sharing it here without his advance permission) of Union Pacific #4014 AND #344 steam locos hitched up *together* with the 'heritage train' behind and otherwise on their way to the Cheyenne UP Steam Shops. IIRC, this was probably #4014's 'initial run' (or something pretty close to that) from its former 'static display' in CA, first time it'd done so since 1959 or so...or maybe it was its first 'road trip' test run after they restored it, I don't really remember that either.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOlY2659TSk

      I've been blessed on more than one occasion now (probably 3?) to have not only been able to view #344 in person 'on display' and 'in operation' here, but to have also experienced riding in a (different set of) vintage UP passenger coaches pulled by that one. Met (momentarily at least) our then Governor and LR Mayor during that ride...lots of fun then and lots more fun to rememberize now... ;-) :-) :-)
    21. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 1 year ago
      Aww D*mmit again -- of course I mean UP #*844* instead of 344... <headdesk>
    22. fortapache fortapache, 1 year ago
      AO great video. In the not so long ago when 4014 was a mere static display I was able to go in the cab and sit in the engineers seat. The firebox on that thing is huge.

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