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UP Big Boy 4014 coming to Texas next month

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Ok i want to see this...when is it going to be around Palestine/south waco area as thats the closest to me....

 

Is each little white marker a stop for each day? So i got 2/3 days?

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Edit?  In PhotoShop? 
The horror! The horror!
 
Cue The Ride of the Valkyries...

Hahaha yep, Photoshop, but nothing to crazy. Didn’t clone anything out.

I flew the drone over a bald eagle’s nest in the afternoon. I knew the mating pair was gone and wouldn’t be back for awhile.

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[mention=98]Patricio Swayze[/mention] i can haz desktop resolution size (4k desktop)?

Send me a DM with your email and I will send you the files. The close up is fairly cropped. Not sure how it will look. And the edits I made in general make the image fairly grainy. But I am more than happy to send them.

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What's interesting to me is that I spend a good bit of my childhood crawling all over 4018, at least to the extent you could.

The cab with grown men in it seems larger now than it did when I was a ringmeat kid.  Really the whole thing does.

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Caveat - these pictures are nowhere near as cool as Swayze's, et al...  But had a great time yesterday.  Headed out early from Taylor and stopped just west of Hearne off of hwy 50, found a little road with about 10 people there.  My crazy wife walked down the track and positioned herself right on the edge of a bridge, literally about 5 feet from the track, either that or all the way down the grade.  With a  bad knee, she stayed put.  I was trying to signal her to move, but she didn't..  She admitted she was pretty damn scared.  I used to hop trains when I was a kid and have been stuck that close to moving trains before, it's not fun..  But she did get some good pics.

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We then headed up to Jewett - wow, I guarantee there were probably about 3 times the population of the town showed up.  It was actually a lot of fun, they were handing out train whistles to all the kids, there was a guy with a guitar who set up a PA and was playing train songs, "Folsom Prison  Blues" etc, it was like a festival.  The first pic kind of sums up Jewett, it was really cool watching Big Boy roll in, I have some video I'll try to upload in the next few days, but it was fun. Was glad to see the George Bush 4141 as well, that was cool. 

 

 

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This is not my video,  but we saw these two kids yesterday who were videoing, this is the crossing we were at at 0:59, you see me and my bald head after the train goes by, and you can see my wife on the edge of the bridge and then walk up on the track after the train passes...

 

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  I went to the LA County fair after the restoration of 4014 was announced but before any activity had commenced on her. 4014 was one of many large engines on display at the Rail Giants museum. There were a few people looking at the engine at the time. Going up the wooden staircase to the cab, I saw and met a gentleman in the engineers seat.

  This was Paul. Paul had taken it upon himself to keep the running gear , including bearings, lubricated over the previous decades. It was his work that made 4014 such a good candidate for restoration. There were other Big  Boys around the country that had boilers in better shape, but the running gear of 4014 was in the best shape of all the remaining locos.

Paul spent about an hour explaining all the gauges, dials, valves and levers to me. Let me stick my head in the massive fire box, which had lights illuminated inside.  When I mentioned how bittersweet the locomotive leaving his care must be, a tear welled up in his eye and he got quite emotional. I tried to cheer him up by pointing out how many people would get to see the huge  locomotive run, and he nodded in acknowledgment, but his lips were tight, not smiling. 

It was an amazing experience for me.

Weird, the room got a bit dusty as I typed this.

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I was driving to the game in Austin last Saturday and happened to be in Hearne when this bad boy was coming through there.  I had seen cars pulled over waiting for it to come through for 30-40 miles before getting to Hearne and we got really lucky on the timing.  It's amazing how much steam and smoke it makes!  My kids were pretty excited to see and hear it.

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7 minutes ago, Macanudo said:

Czech, the third one from the bridge is a pretty cool pic.  Dangerous as hell but pretty dang cool.

The follow up pictures really show how close my wife was...

 

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On 11/5/2019 at 10:55 PM, Anton Chigurh said:

 

  

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They're all great pics. Truly spectacular. 

But this one.  God......DAMN. Worth way more than a thousand words....

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They're all great pics. Truly spectacular. 
But this one.  God......DAMN. Worth way more than a thousand words....

I agree. I think it may be the best in the thread. I want to see a high contrast b&w version.

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59 minutes ago, Anton Chigurh said:

Sorry, couldn’t decide on a crop. This is a little better cropped than the first one.

 

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I like both of them and might actually like the color one better.  The blue sky and browns/greys of the track and grass really stand out to me.  But either version is great.

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