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    Posted 1 year ago

    fortapache
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    The best thing about the Los Angeles County Fair are the museums which are otherwise rarely open. The best of which is the Rail Giants museum which features some of the largest locomotives ever made. It was the home of Big Boy 4014 which is now restored and running the rails. Good that it was restored but a bit of a bummer that it isn't there anymore. They still have 3 of the largest which I will post later.
    Starting off is an AT&SF 4-6-4 Hudson made in 1927. It was rebuilt in the 1930s with bigger drivers (wheels) and was able to go over 100 MPH. It is a large locomotive but not quite a giant. They have the whistle (horn) hooked up to an air compressor. It is LOUD.
    #2 is humble turn of the century narrow gage locomotive. It has tiny drive wheels for use in steep terrain. What is Potash? Sounds like something one would mine.
    #3 is the Nickel Plate Business Car No. 6 built in 1923. It is a luxury Pullman car with a lounge in the back. I think that was customization as normally a car like this would have an observation deck on the rear.
    Wrapping it up is a sneak preview of a true giant. A 4-10-2 locomotive. Not a small wheel 10 but a full size drivers that are 63" tall.
    Much more to come.

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    1. Toyrebel Toyrebel, 1 year ago
      The Hudson was standard for freight and passenger service. The larger drivers installed most like likely mean it was was an express passenger engine that only stopped at the major stations. The engines that stopped at every station usually couldn't get to that speed before the next stop. Potash is mined, it's potassium carbonate and potassium salts in the raw naturally occurring form before refining. I hope you post some more choo-choo's I've been a rail buff since I was a tot.
    2. jscott0363 jscott0363, 1 year ago
      Great pics fortapche!!!
    3. fortapache fortapache, 1 year ago
      Thank you very much Toyrebel. There are going to be chooch posts all week. 1:1 and the garden railway.

      And thank you very much Scott.
    4. fortapache fortapache, 1 year ago
      Thank you
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    5. fortapache fortapache, 1 year ago
      Thank you
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