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Back when America BUILT stuff
« on: April 07, 2013, 03:14:35 pm »


originally built in '43
normal power today is 3 diesels on point and one in the middle---and this one is by itself

another of the icons of American industry and invention


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    Re: Back when America BUILT stuff
    « Reply #1 on: April 07, 2013, 04:54:06 pm »
    That is freekin' awesome.  I love to go to the old time farm machinery shows and watch the steam powered stuff run.  I think that engine is just about the pinnacle of development, though.  Thanks for posting.   :clap
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    « Reply #2 on: April 07, 2013, 05:23:43 pm »
    I got to travel on the BNSF employee train almost 20 years ago.  They move it around the country and take little excursions for all the employees and their families..   It was pretty cool.  We spent part of the trip in the observation car,  and then we went to one of the private passenger coaches.  I'm guessing it dated from the 1940's or 1950's.    I just wish it was feasible to travel by train from here.  Unfortunately there is only one Amtrak route here, and I would have to board in the middle of the night and then backtrack all the way to Chicago to go anywhere other than Southern California (blech!).   

    It's a shame that passenger rail travel had died off here in the United States.  I would much rather do that than fly.  It's slower, but much more relaxing.   
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    « Reply #3 on: April 07, 2013, 08:34:11 pm »

    http://www.rrmuseumpa.org/

    There's a whole mess of coal burning trains here in PA. Bunch of them run on the weekends. The Railroad Museum is awesome. More old time trains than you can shake a stick at. Plenty of operational ones.

    http://www.rrmuseumpa.org/about/roster/locomotiveroster.pdf
    http://www.rrmuseumpa.org/about/roster/passcarroster.pdf
    http://www.rrmuseumpa.org/about/roster/freightroster.pdf
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    Re: Back when America BUILT stuff
    « Reply #4 on: April 07, 2013, 10:19:45 pm »
    That is freekin' awesome.  I love to go to the old time farm machinery shows and watch the steam powered stuff run.  I think that engine is just about the pinnacle of development, though.  Thanks for posting.   :clap

    Yeah---I have heard it said that a steam locomotive is the closest thing to a living machine we have ever made

    I design and build machinery for a living, so the intricate mechanics are something to enjoy--like the action of a Henry rifle or the technology required for a full broadside from an Iowa class BB
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    Re: Back when America BUILT stuff
    « Reply #5 on: April 07, 2013, 11:32:21 pm »
    http://www.rrmuseumpa.org/

    There's a whole mess of coal burning trains here in PA. Bunch of them run on the weekends. The Railroad Museum is awesome. More old time trains than you can shake a stick at. Plenty of operational ones.

    http://www.rrmuseumpa.org/about/roster/locomotiveroster.pdf
    http://www.rrmuseumpa.org/about/roster/passcarroster.pdf
    http://www.rrmuseumpa.org/about/roster/freightroster.pdf

    RevDisk speaks the truth. I was (and still am to some extent) a HUGE train buff when I was a kid. Rode a good portion of the tourist shortlines & toured most of the museums in Southeastern PA and the Northeast in general. The RR Museum of PA is by far the best. Likewise for the Strasburg Railroad, which is literally right across the street from the museum. Hands-down the finest tourist shortline on the East Coast. And you don't have to worry about making the hike out there to ride behind a steam locomotive only to find that they're running a diesel that day. It's all steam, all the time.

    http://strasburgrailroad.com/
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    Back when America BUILT stuff
    « Reply #6 on: April 07, 2013, 11:59:26 pm »
    And you lucky bastards have Steamtown too
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    « Reply #7 on: April 08, 2013, 12:04:15 am »
     :facepalm Can't believe I forgot about Steamtown!

    And speaking of Steamtown, it's worth the trip just to see the Big Boy:

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    « Reply #8 on: April 08, 2013, 07:30:17 am »
    :facepalm Can't believe I forgot about Steamtown!

    And speaking of Steamtown, it's worth the trip just to see the Big Boy:



    That Challenger I posted is a 4-6-6-4, the Big Boy is a 4-8-8-4; designed specifically to pull freight from Ogden up over the Wasatch Mountains.  Union Pacific is supposedly in the process of re-aquiring one of these to rebuild and put in excursion service.

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    « Reply #9 on: April 08, 2013, 09:03:47 pm »
    http://www.roughandtumble.org/

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    « Reply #10 on: April 09, 2013, 03:57:21 am »
    THAT'S  what I'm talkin' about.   ;)
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    « Reply #11 on: April 09, 2013, 12:30:33 pm »
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    « Reply #12 on: April 09, 2013, 01:18:38 pm »
    About 15 years or so ago I got to see a big dragline take a walk across I-70 between Terre Haute and Brazil Indiana.  It was quite a sight.

    It could have held the Volvo track-hoe that just did some work at my house in it's bucket.
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    « Reply #13 on: April 09, 2013, 03:59:31 pm »
    Long ago, in land known as Florida, I worked for a limerock quarry. The superintendant had come from the coal fields in Kentucky, so when a new dragline was needed, he talked the owners into a '57 Page Walking dragline. They brought it down and it was rebuilt--over about 3 months time. The thing I remeber most was the shop foreman driving his Ranger into the bucket of that machine.
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    « Reply #14 on: April 09, 2013, 04:57:52 pm »
    http://www.roughandtumble.org/

    We're Pennsylvanians. We don't need no stinkin' tracks for our steam.

    You know, I think I drive by that place pretty much every time I head out to Strasburg (and I've gone out there quite a bit) and I've never once visited. I need to rectify that perpetual error.
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    « Reply #15 on: April 09, 2013, 08:40:15 pm »
    Long ago, in land known as Florida, I worked for a limerock quarry. The superintendant had come from the coal fields in Kentucky, so when a new dragline was needed, he talked the owners into a '57 Page Walking dragline. They brought it down and it was rebuilt--over about 3 months time. The thing I remeber most was the shop foreman driving his Ranger into the bucket of that machine.
    I bet he worked down in Muhlenburg Co., Kentucky at the Peabody Coal Co. .  They ran some of those down there and moved enough material to constitute a small country.
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    « Reply #16 on: April 16, 2013, 11:10:02 pm »
    That is neat video.  I haven't had ridden the Strasbourg RR yet, but I have taken a couple on the local New Hope & Ivyland RR.  Being pulled by an old steam loco taps into my inner child.

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    « Reply #17 on: April 16, 2013, 11:39:25 pm »
    NH&I is about an hour from me, right up 202, but I'm kind of ashamed to admit that I haven't ridden it since I was a kid. Worst part is that I've got family that lives not too far from New Hope, and every time we go out there to visit them I think to myself "I really need to ride the NH&I one of these days."

    This one right here, she's on my bucket list:



    Southern Pacific #4449, aka The Daylight, aka The Most Beautiful Train in the World. The only surviving GS-4 class steam locomotive. She's been my favorite steam locomotive since I was a kid, to the point that one day I will go to Seattle just so I can see her in person.
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    « Reply #18 on: April 17, 2013, 04:43:15 am »
    Sweet.   That's sexier than a Ferrari.    :cool
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    « Reply #19 on: April 17, 2013, 11:17:41 am »
    Absolutely! The old streamliner trains were some of the sexiest machines ever built.
    When I was a kid my mom and I traveled quite a bit by train between Ga. and Fla. to visit family.
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    « Reply #20 on: April 17, 2013, 09:57:25 pm »
    This one right here, she's on my bucket list:



    Southern Pacific #4449, aka The Daylight, aka The Most Beautiful Train in the World. The only surviving GS-4 class steam locomotive. She's been my favorite steam locomotive since I was a kid, to the point that one day I will go to Seattle just so I can see her in person.

    Sweet.   That's sexier than a Ferrari.    :cool

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    « Reply #21 on: April 18, 2013, 12:17:34 am »


    You're welcome.  ;)

    And did I say she was in Seattle earlier?  :facepalm Yep, I'm a moron: she's housed in Portland, Oregon.
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    « Reply #22 on: April 28, 2013, 04:05:13 am »
    Those things are so cool. Looking at one up close, you realize just how freaking complicated the mechanism is, how ridiculously heavy it must be. Apparently those things can run if maintained properly. Amazing.

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    « Reply #23 on: April 28, 2013, 03:33:59 pm »
    They are indeed a mechanical symphony.  A fitting tribute to an earlier, and some might argue, more civilized age.   
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