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You commented on my damn post! I only posted three there I think, not all of them. They were just quick jpg imports to my phone from my camera. May have been slightly different from these, I don’t remember.
 
I was in Alpine. I caught it on the way in (well, it arrived early, was there when I got there), when it left the next morning, and then once more East of town. There were SO MANY people there for it. I didn’t expect that many, honestly. Everyone was going slow on US90 trying to follow it.
 
Here’s a quick video on the crowd in the evening:
 
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I live in DFW or else I’d have probably tried to catch it in Langtry/near the Pecos, too.
 


Hahahaha. I need to step away from my phone. I am losing my mind. Delete user.

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12 hours ago, Anton Chigurh said:

Sho'nuff. Those were quick phone edits, but I got around to actually processing them tonight. 

Hope this ain't too many. This is the thread for them, after-all. 

 

 

 

 

 

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That's the money shot right there, damn!

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On 10/1/2019 at 3:50 PM, NaTeWHO said:

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That's how I sounded the first time I got to squeeze on some tittays.

 

 

9 hours ago, Anton Chigurh said:

 

I was in Alpine.

 

 

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So that thing burns what? Coal?

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Avatar and user name checks out.
 
 
 
So that thing burns what? Coal?


Oil, now. Lots have been converted to oil burners because they don’t emit the cinders that can catch stuff on fire.

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unless it has to sit here in memorial park for a couple hours i don't think i'm going to catch it moving today.  supposed to arrive at the houston amtrack station at 7:00 pm. 

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On 11/5/2019 at 1:56 PM, UnivTex34 said:

I'm pretty sure @Anton Chigurh got some pics of it out west.  

No Country for Old Trains 

So glad I got talked into seeing the engine, it really is big.  Twice as long as the diesel engine behind it.  And loud, bring earmuffs for the little ones.  Go to a railroad crossing where you can see it moving at speed and blowing its whistle, then catch up to it at a stop, where you can talk to the crew.  It's impressive seeing it up close, but watching it on the move is next level.  Kind of like watching the Blue Angels roar on a low fly by.

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37 minutes ago, Anton Chigurh said:

 


Oil, now. Lots have been converted to oil burners because they don’t emit the cinders that can catch stuff on fire.

 

Weird fact.  Most pre- and post-war steam locos that were designed to burn coal were converted to oil during their original service life in the post-war period. UP 844, above, built in 1944 for coal, was converted to oil in 1946.

UP 4014 wasn't converted to oil until 2016.  One Big Boy was converted to oil in 1946, but the conversion was unsuccessful because the firebox was just too big.  So they stayed coal, which probably wasn't a big deal because they were devoted to service over the Wasatch Range, where I suspect coal was plentiful.

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21 minutes ago, clapclapclap said:

No Country for Old Trains 

So glad I got talked into seeing the engine, it really is big.  Twice as long as the diesel engine behind it.  And loud, bring earmuffs for the little ones.  Go to a railroad crossing where you can see it moving at speed and blowing its whistle, then catch up to it at a stop, where you can talk to the crew.  It's impressive seeing it up close, but watching it on the move is next level.  Kind of like watching the Blue Angels roar on a low fly by.

Yeah, that's my plan.  Gonna catch it first a few miles south of Hearne out in the country, moving, then drive up and wait for it to pull into Jewett, where it has a 30 min. stop, get some video and pics of it taking off, then zoom ahead and wait for it in Palestine.  

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Well fuck, went to edit my post and realized I somehow lost my tree-fiddy membership, (which is weird because I was just charged last week...)

anyway, what I was GOING to add, was:

ETA: cool beans, just read that the George Bush locomotive 4141 will be part of the consist all the way up to Palestine, so I'll get to see that as well!

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So I decided to try and get a sunset shot of it coming in through the Eureka junction (where the old MKT yard is).  Schedule said 7PM, but it got there around 5:15. I knew I wouldn't be the only one and when I pulled up there was about 15 people and by the time Big Boy rolled through, probably 40 and a helicopter overhead.  Right as it was about to make the turn to head SE towards Washington Ave., another train coming from the other direction pulling a bunch of rock cars approached.  You could hear everyone freaking out that it was going to block the view of Big Boy, but it cleared out just as it made the turn.  I had hoped it would have passed by after the sun dipped below the trees as I knew this angle would be hard to shoot.  I didn't get that lucky, so I am not really happy with my photos.  But really, the shot I want will be on Friday and I hope that it works out AND there is a ton of steam coming out of the engine.  Anyways, here are a few of the shots.

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23 hours ago, Shoxthemonkey said:

 

I'm pretty sure it was BigBoy that came through my hometown 20 years or so ago and stopped right outside my office for a couple of hours. 

Nope. This BigBoy has only been running since around June.  Prior to that they last ran in the late '50's. What you probably saw was UP 3985, a 4-6-6-4, which looks similar but has 2 less driving axles.  Parts of 3985 were canniblized to make 4014 functional, including the tender. Rumor has it that 3985 will never run again.

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You are correct. I'm trying to find the cellphone pictures that I took to confirm the engine number. As I recall, the Great Plains Transportation Museum in Wichita brought it in to help celebrate their Grand Opening. They gave rides from Wichita to Herington and back with stops in several of the small communities along the way.

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I can't find any of the close pictures that I took that day but this is from my wife's phone. It looks like UP 844 was the locomotive that came to our town.

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That's UP 844.

 

ETA: a couple of pics from 2012, the last time it came through Taylor, my wife took these while driving, I was still at work and missed it, goddammit.

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Swayze, their all good shots but the B&W is next level.

Thanks. I honestly wasn’t that happy with them because of the lighting, but after editing I warmed up a bit.

I tried to go by and see the engine after lunch, but it is raining like crazy. So I will wait until tomorrow and hope I can get a good skyline/engine shot.

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1 hour ago, Patricio Swayze said:


Thanks. I honestly wasn’t that happy with them because of the lighting, but after editing I warmed up a bit.

I tried to go by and see the engine after lunch, but it is raining like crazy. So I will wait until tomorrow and hope I can get a good skyline/engine shot.

What time is it supposed to leave tomorrow?

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23 minutes ago, MFEU93MK9S8IW6K6FV0X said:

Pulling away.

 

 

Had to laugh at the fuckers stepping in front of other's cameras or phones. All that matters is that I get mine. Would be easy to get surly.

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Yeah, the ground sloped up away from the train and I was on the highest spot up against a fence.  I just held my phone as high as I could.  There was this one dude taking pics with an old school large format film camera, you know the kind where you put a sheet over your head to look through the viewfinder.  People gave him all kinds of space.  

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18 hours ago, Patricio Swayze said:

So I decided to try and get a sunset shot of it coming in through the Eureka junction (where the old MKT yard is).  Schedule said 7PM, but it got there around 5:15. I knew I wouldn't be the only one and when I pulled up there was about 15 people and by the time Big Boy rolled through, probably 40 and a helicopter overhead.  Right as it was about to make the turn to head SE towards Washington Ave., another train coming from the other direction pulling a bunch of rock cars approached.  You could hear everyone freaking out that it was going to block the view of Big Boy, but it cleared out just as it made the turn.  I had hoped it would have passed by after the sun dipped below the trees as I knew this angle would be hard to shoot.  I didn't get that lucky, so I am not really happy with my photos.  But really, the shot I want will be on Friday and I hope that it works out AND there is a ton of steam coming out of the engine.  Anyways, here are a few of the shots.

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Fantastic.

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Yeah, the ground sloped up away from the train and I was on the highest spot up against a fence.  I just held my phone as high as I could.  There was this one dude taking pics with an old school large format film camera, you know the kind where you put a sheet over your head to look through the viewfinder.  People gave him all kinds of space.  


I saw this lady with a Yashica TLR. a9ba83e323c3d0702fac85245e3cedd3.jpg

But yeah, it’s hard to get close without people in it. I actually had someone who yelled at me to move when I went to catch it as it went by. I wasn’t really in his way, and there was already a truck close to me, but I guess he didn’t expect anyone to want to get closer than 100 feet away from the track, cause his spot sucked.

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Is the diesel running?  I mean I'm sure it's idling, but is it pulling?

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Is the diesel running?  I mean I'm sure it's idling, but is it pulling?

Consensus view on Reddit seems to be that the diesel is not pulling. Seen people saying that it's there to provide braking, electric power for the passenger cars, and as a backup in case of problems.

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2 hours ago, tokamak said:


Consensus view on Reddit seems to be that the diesel is not pulling. Seen people saying that it's there to provide braking, electric power for the passenger cars, and as a backup in case of problems.

That's normally the routine on steam excursions. Ruins the look, but safety first.

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  Interesting that the engineer ignored the standard safety protocol at the beginning of  MFEU93's "pulling away" video above. There is a 'blue flag' marker hanging on the window sill towards the front. The blue flag denotes that the engine is being attended to by various service people, and each of the service people hangs their personal service ID on the marker to show that they are working on the engine.  As the individual completes his job, he removes his ID from the blue flag. Once there are no more ID's hanging on the blue flag, it is removed. Once it is removed, the train can begin its movement.

  But in this instance, the engineer removes the flag whilst there are at least two ID's visible on it. This is a serious protocol violation, and would at least result in a suspension in the "real"  world of train employment. The steam program isn't supposed to be an exception.

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It just rolled past our office complex. I thought I'd missed it coming in, I didn't expect to see it leaving. God some pretty cool video. Some folks right down by the tracks were completely immersed in the steam as it blew down the tracks. Very fucking cool. 

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2 hours ago, otisdog said:

  Interesting that the engineer ignored the standard safety protocol at the beginning of  MFEU93's "pulling away" video above. There is a 'blue flag' marker hanging on the window sill towards the front. The blue flag denotes that the engine is being attended to by various service people, and each of the service people hangs their personal service ID on the marker to show that they are working on the engine.  As the individual completes his job, he removes his ID from the blue flag. Once there are no more ID's hanging on the blue flag, it is removed. Once it is removed, the train can begin its movement.

  But in this instance, the engineer removes the flag whilst there are at least two ID's visible on it. This is a serious protocol violation, and would at least result in a suspension in the "real"  world of train employment. The steam program isn't supposed to be an exception.

Sounds like they need to move towards a more modern lock out/tag out system. 
 

one would think a steam engine of that size would produce enough steam to turn a generator for passenger car electricity, but that might require some unwanted retrofitting. Couldn’t they put the diesel at the end of the train instead of right behind the steam locomotive, if all it is for is juice and a safety?

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2 hours ago, otisdog said:

  Interesting that the engineer ignored the standard safety protocol at the beginning of  MFEU93's "pulling away" video above. There is a 'blue flag' marker hanging on the window sill towards the front. The blue flag denotes that the engine is being attended to by various service people, and each of the service people hangs their personal service ID on the marker to show that they are working on the engine.  As the individual completes his job, he removes his ID from the blue flag. Once there are no more ID's hanging on the blue flag, it is removed. Once it is removed, the train can begin its movement.

  But in this instance, the engineer removes the flag whilst there are at least two ID's visible on it. This is a serious protocol violation, and would at least result in a suspension in the "real"  world of train employment. The steam program isn't supposed to be an exception.

Sound like this really has you .........steamed. 

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52 minutes ago, Anton Chigurh said:

I read that the diesel loco isn’t for the passenger cars. Big Boy has an alternator. It’s just for braking and just in case propulsion.

Big Boy has two steam generators (dynamos), but they only supply enough power to cover the on board comms and the running /  headlights.

The power for the rest of the train comes from a power car, which is a converted baggage car with a diesel powered electric generator. There have been two different power cars used on this trip.

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1 hour ago, Pato del Muerto said:

Sounds like they need to move towards a more modern lock out/tag out system. 
 

one would think a steam engine of that size would produce enough steam to turn a generator for passenger car electricity, but that might require some unwanted retrofitting. Couldn’t they put the diesel at the end of the train instead of right behind the steam locomotive, if all it is for is juice and a safety?

Passenger trains had electric power when 4014 went into service.  It has one or more steam-powered alternators for that purpose.

And, I think one of the main reasons for the diesel-electric is to provide backup traction in case the steam locomotive breaks down.  For that purpose it is better located at the front.

Or what otisdog said.  I'll take his word.  Was a power car a standard thing in the steam days?

Funny thing, electric power was first provided on a per-car basis by axle-turned dynamos charging batteries.  By the mid 20th century or so, it was 480V three phase pretty similar to what's on the pole outside your house.

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No power cars back in the steam days. Steam was piped through the train to provide heat and hot water, and power was generated by the method TwiceHorn states above. Dynamo was belt driven off of the axle.

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6 hours ago, otisdog said:

  Interesting that the engineer ignored the standard safety protocol at the beginning of  MFEU93's "pulling away" video above. There is a 'blue flag' marker hanging on the window sill towards the front. The blue flag denotes that the engine is being attended to by various service people, and each of the service people hangs their personal service ID on the marker to show that they are working on the engine.  As the individual completes his job, he removes his ID from the blue flag. Once there are no more ID's hanging on the blue flag, it is removed. Once it is removed, the train can begin its movement.

  But in this instance, the engineer removes the flag whilst there are at least two ID's visible on it. This is a serious protocol violation, and would at least result in a suspension in the "real"  world of train employment. The steam program isn't supposed to be an exception.

I have video of him putting the blue flag out too.  I need to go back and find it, but from what I remember he threw a bunch of tags down and at various times the maintenance dudes tossed tags back up.  They also showed the tags to a bunch of bystanders.  I was a bit confused as to what was going on with the tags but assumed each one represented a task that needed to be done.

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6 minutes ago, MFEU93MK9S8IW6K6FV0X said:

I have video of him putting the blue flag out too.  I need to go back and find it, but from what I remember he threw a bunch of tags down and at various times the maintenance dudes tossed tags back up.  They also showed the tags to a bunch of bystanders.  I was a bit confused as to what was going on with the tags but assumed each one represented a task that needed to be done.

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well that was pretty cool.  over with a little faster than i'd have liked.  didn't get any pics (11 year old batteries aren't reliable, apparently.  neither are 2 year old phones, ugh).  weighs as much as a fully loaded A380. 

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Met up with Swayze just north of downtown off Collingsworth and watched Big Boy head north.   I'm not a train guy but something just made me want to see this. 

Very cool seeing this giant beast of machinery driving up the tracks.   Didnt have my camera with me and only got some phone pics that I will try and post later.  Thought I could hit the Hardy Toll Road up to Spring for the next stop but lots of nerds were doing the same thing and really slowing traffic down.  When I got to Spring (Old Town Elm Street), traffic and parking was crazy.  I gave up on finding another vantage point and just watched from afar.   

Still very cool to see. 

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So like Mac was saying, we got to meet up and see Big Boy roll north from downtown.  I was disappointed that it started to rain and I didn't take the chance of flying my drone in the rain.  I'll post an image from the drone that I had hoped would be similar to what I wanted to get with Big Boy.  I am still just "so-so" on the photos I got.  I have edited these two, one for perspective and one a bit more of a close up.  Because of the overcast weather, I think black and white looks best.

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I regret not driving out to the Pecos bridge.

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The best part of those shots is Swayze wanting Big Boy to be blowing steam and he was but it really obscured downtown. 

Overall...  way worth it. 

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The best part of those shots is Swayze wanting Big Boy to be blowing steam and he was but it really obscured downtown. 
Overall...  way worth it. 


It’s like all the women I have been with asking for me to blow my load, but be careful what you ask for. Hahaha.

I have a few shots with more of the skyline. I may edit later.

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