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Union Pacific Rail Road #844 #4446704
07/01/17 01:43 PM
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Columbus,Nebraska
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Union Pacific #844(4-8-4) steam locomotive just blew through down with the Home Plate Special after being on display at the College World Series in Omaha. The long-legged, high-stepping lady can really lay down the miles across Nebraska. In 2019, UP hopes to have Big Boy #4014 ready for his first shake down runs after restoration in the Cheyenne steam shops. 4014 had been on static display at a California theme park before the UP reacquired the engine in 2014 and towed it to Cheyenne. I hope UP uses the main transcontinental line for the shakedown runs as I have never seen an engine of that size under steam. The usual procedure has been to use the line down to Denver for the first run under steam. No matter, 4014 will come through Columbus, Nebraska one of these years, hope I am still around.

Re: Union Pacific Rail Road #844 [Re: Yah-Tah-Hey] #4446734
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She's a beauty:

Re: Union Pacific Rail Road #844 [Re: Yah-Tah-Hey] #4446735
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I can't wait till UP finishes restoring the Big Boy! My wife's grandfather worked for Alco Locomotive Works in Schenectady NY during the 1940's and helped build the Big Boy locomotives.

Re: Union Pacific Rail Road #844 [Re: Yah-Tah-Hey] #4446774
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She is a beast.


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Re: Union Pacific Rail Road #844 [Re: Yah-Tah-Hey] #4446779
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Thanks for the video. DIY. Majestic. Was there a man shoveling coal into the fire box or did it have an automatic feed ?


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Re: Union Pacific Rail Road #844 [Re: andyd] #4446791
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Columbus,Nebraska
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Converted to burn oil. That is what is in the yellow cars behind the tender. UP has a semi tanker waiting to refuel 844 at points along the right of way.

Re: Union Pacific Rail Road #844 [Re: Yah-Tah-Hey] #4446792
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And some of those UP employees get paid to make those public relations runs with its heritage fleet. #4014 will be the big show for UPRR PR in a bout two years.

Re: Union Pacific Rail Road #844 [Re: Yah-Tah-Hey] #4446816
07/01/17 03:46 PM
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A nice window on the past.
It's easy to see why a young boy of that time would want to be a train engineer.
That's the stuff that helped us win WWII.
It's hard to believe that that was "hi tech" less than 100 years ago.


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Re: Union Pacific Rail Road #844 [Re: Yah-Tah-Hey] #4446884
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Video starts going west out of Cheyenne up the grade towards Laramie then shows Highway 85 between Cheyenne and Denver. I'd love to see more of the climb towards Laramie. Lots of UP and Lincoln Highway history that way!


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Re: Union Pacific Rail Road #844 [Re: Yah-Tah-Hey] #4446902
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Man those are some massive drive wheels.
Wonder what speed it was going in the video around 10:00. It looked to be moving very fast.
Originally Posted By: HosteenJorje
Converted to burn oil. That is what is in the yellow cars behind the tender.

So is the tender just a dummy car now, or does it carry oil as well?


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Re: Union Pacific Rail Road #844 [Re: Yah-Tah-Hey] #4446916
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That is awesome. Got to ride a real steam locomotive in Georgia at thier museum.
They are so cool.



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Re: Union Pacific Rail Road #844 [Re: Yah-Tah-Hey] #4446954
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Originally Posted By: HosteenJorje
Converted to burn oil. That is what is in the yellow cars behind the tender. UP has a semi tanker waiting to refuel 844 at points along the right of way.


My buddy is an engineer out of Cheyenne just like his father now retired.

Those two yellow cars carried fuel (Bunker B or C ?) when they were coupled to a diesel turbine unit but have been converted to carry water for their current duties with the steam locomotives.

That locomotive traveled at over 100 mph back in its heyday....in passenger service.

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Re: Union Pacific Rail Road #844 [Re: blupupher] #4446973
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Originally Posted By: blupupher

Man those are some massive drive wheels.
Wonder what speed it was going in the video around 10:00. It looked to be moving very fast.
Originally Posted By: HosteenJorje
Converted to burn oil. That is what is in the yellow cars behind the tender.

So is the tender just a dummy car now, or does it carry oil as well?
Water in the tender as well as oil. I wonder how far the road switcher in the video could go on the fuel used by the steamer.

Re: Union Pacific Rail Road #844 [Re: Yah-Tah-Hey] #4447074
07/01/17 11:00 PM
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Pretty... Love it.

Curious, is there any real reason to do this besides goodwill/rail fun?

That is, for certain runs, might it be more efficient to revert to an advanced and modern steam locomotive,mans this is just a tool to that end, or for research?

Re: Union Pacific Rail Road #844 [Re: Yah-Tah-Hey] #4447080
07/01/17 11:09 PM
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Modern diesel/electric locomotives I am sure are more powerful (in tandem?) and efficient (please let me know if I am wrong).
But nowhere near as pretty and just amazing to look at as this monster.
The complexity of all these moving parts on a steam locomotive is staggering.
I can't imagine the power to move even one of the main wheels, much less 8 of them fully loaded.


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