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Triple Shay ” Sidewinders”

These Classic Shaylocomotives are sometimes called the “Sidewinders”.

Classic Shay locomotives do not have the stereotypical driving wheels of a normal locomotive, but rather some fascinating gears and crank shafts working in harmony that are receiving power from a gear box underneath the boiler.

The Cass Scenic Railroad was founded in 1901 by the West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company and hauled lumber. It carried spruce and hemlock trees from the West Virginia Spruce Lumber Company to the West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company.

There were 2,770 Shays built by Lima Machine Works between 1800 – 1944. The Climax Manufacturing Company built over 1,100 Climax locomotives between 1888 and 1928. Finally, Heisler Locomotive Works built more than 600 geared locomotives between 1891 – 1929.

Let us know if you have ever been to the Cass Scenic Railroad. We would love to hear about your experience!

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Updated: March 31, 2020 — 10:51 am

Sumpter Valley Railroad Steam

Sumpter Valley Railroad’s Mikado #19 pulls the stump dodger train.

The Sumpter Valley Railroad in eastern Oregon was originally nicknamed the “stump dodger line”. The reason for the nickname is that the Sumpter Valley Railroad had so many twists and curves, it seemed to the builders they were always dodging tree stumps!

Built back in 1890 to serve the logging industry, the 3 foot narrow gauge line is now a heritage operation with an original Heisler-type wood burning steam locomotive #3 and the 1920 ALCO built #19 Mikado 2-8-2 Locomotive.

The line currently is about 5 miles long and provides some of the best scenery between Sumpter and McEwen, Oregon.

Let us know if you have ever had the chance to take a ride on this magnificent heritage railroad! We would love to hear about your experience!

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Updated: March 29, 2020 — 4:27 pm

Pacing UP #3985, SP #4449, And UP #844

UP’s #3985 is waiting in line for her restoration behind UP’s Big Boy 4014.

Some quick facts about the UP #3985 Challenger

  • Builder – American Locomotive Works – 1943
  • Wheel configuration – 4-6-6-4
  • Locomotive and tender weight – 1,073,900 lbs
  • Tractive effort – 97,350 lbf
  • Class – Challenger

SP 4449 was called the Southern Pacific “Daylight“, she could make a 470 mile run totally during daylight hours due to her ability to go 100 mph!

Some quick facts about SP 4449

  • Rail Line: Southern Pacific
  • Train Name: SP steam engine 4449 Northern Type
  • Power type: 4-8-4 Steam Locomotive GS-4
  • Builder: Lima Locomotive Works
  • Maximum speed: 100 MPH
  • Locomotive and tender weight: 870,000 lbs
  • Nickname: The Coast Daylight – Los Angeles to San Francisco and Portland

UP 844 was the last steam locomotive built for the Union Pacific Railroad and was designated for passenger service during her illustrious career.

Quick Facts

  • Rail Line: Union Pacific
  • Power type: 4-8-4 Steam Locomotive FEF-3 class Northern
  • Builder: American Locomotive Company
  • Locomotive and tender weight: 907,890 lbs
  • Tractive effort: 63,750 lbf

Let us know which one of these locomotives is the winner…..we would love to hear your thoughts!

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Updated: March 28, 2020 — 6:52 pm

Dampflok-German For Steam Locomotive

German Locomotive DB Class 50 3616 leads military train.

This classic Germansteam (Dampflok) locomotive is seen pulling photo op train loaded with military equipment and troops from Schwarzenberg to Annaberg-Buchholz, Germany. The DB Class 50 3616 locomotive was initially designed prior to World War II in 1939.

Because the design of the DRB Class 50 locomotive was so successful, 3164 of these locomotives were built up until 1959. DB Class locomotive 50 3616 was built in 1956.

The DB Class 50 3616 can be seen traversing the historic Markersbach Viaduct railway bridge. This bridge is also nicknamed the “match stick” bridge because of its appearance. The bridge is approximately 775 feet long and 120 feet in height and is located in Raschau-Markersbach, Germany.

Let us know if you have had the opportunity to see any of the classic steam locomotives in action. We would love to hear about your experience!

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Updated: March 28, 2020 — 6:23 pm

U P #4014 Big Boy In Wide Open Wyoming

Union Pacific’s Big Boy 4014 is quickly becoming the most photographed locomotive in history!

Snowe Creek Valley, Wyoming, provides a magnificent backdrop for this magnificent locomotive.

During World War II, with metal and fuel was in short supply, the Big Boy class locomotive was conceived to eliminate the need to double head up the Wasatch Mountains.

The Union Pacific Railroad originally ordered 20 class 4000 engines in 1941 and then 5 more in 1944 at $265,174 per engine. Adjusted for inflation, it is estimated that this would have totaled a whopping $107,620,056 or more in today’s dollars, each engine individually running $4,304,802!

Quick Facts about UP Big Boy 4014

  • Rail Line: Union Pacific
  • Driver diameters:-68 inches
  • Power type: 4-8-8-4 Steam Locomotive Class 4000
  • Builder: American Locomotive Company 1941
  • Coal Consumption: 22,000 lbs per hour (converted to oil)
  • Locomotive and tender weight: 1,250,000 lbs
  • Max Speed: 80 MPH !

Let us know if you have seen these two locomotives in person. We would love to hear about your experience!

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Updated: March 27, 2020 — 5:01 pm

Wobbly Ride On The Kelowna Pacific Railway

The Kelowna Pacific Railway shows its disrepair in its waning days of operation.

A short line railroad (reporting mark KPR) in British Columbia, Canada, the KPR began operations 1999 and ultimately discontinued operations in 2013.

Due to lack of revenue, the maintenance of way crews had a difficult time keeping up with maintenance on the 104 mile line.

Seen here traversing the Okanagan Valley, the KPR transported of 16,000 consists per year in its heyday. Most of the freight was wood, grain, cement, and scrap metal. The KPR averaged a train 5 days per week of heave loads which eventually took its toll on the ballast and rails.

In 2013, Canadian National announced it reached an agreements with a major shipper and two local unions to continue service on certain portions of the track. The original track out of Kelowna was torn up.

Let us know if you have ever seen this line in operation. We would love to hear about your experience!

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Updated: March 27, 2020 — 3:42 pm

Russian Class L Locomotive From The Cab

Engineer gives step by step instructions to get this freight locomotive moving!
This Russian locomotive Class L was a post World War II locomotive with build dates beginning in 1945 through 1955. There were 4,199 of these coal burning locomotives built. They were designated Class L locomotives in honor of their designer L.S. Lebedyanskiy and were built at the Kolomna Locomotive Works.

The Class L locomotives were designed primarily to haul fright across multiple terrains all over Russia and have almost the same control layout as other steam locomotives around the world.

Some quick facts about the Russian Class L:

  1. Builder – Kolomna Locomotives Works
  2. Build 1945 – 1955
  3. Wheel arrangement 2-10-0
  4. Driver Diameters 59 inches
  5. Maximum speed 53 miles per hour

Let us know if you think steam locomotives speak a universal language. We would love the hear your thoughts!

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Updated: March 27, 2020 — 7:24 pm

Big Boy #4014 Revenue Run

Caught on a hot July day, Big Boy 4014 was seen rolling with a manifest of covered hopper cars towards Egbert, Wyoming.

During World War II, since metal and fuel was in short supply, the Big Boy class locomotive was conceived to eliminate the need to double head up the Wasatch Mountains. UP originally ordered 20 class 4000 engines in 1941 and then 5 more in 1944 at $265,174 per engine. Adjusted for inflation, it is estimated that this would have totaled a whopping $107,620,056 or more in today’s dollars, each engine individually running $4,304,802!

Union Pacific Big Boys stats:

  • Operated from 1941-59
  • Bearing full load weighed a total of 1.2 million pounds
  • Only 25 ever made
  • 4-8-8-4 configuration
  • Top speed of 80 Mph

Let us know if you have had the opportunity to view Big Boy up close. We would love to hear about your experience!

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Updated: March 25, 2020 — 7:47 pm

Cumbres & Toltec OY Rotary

Clearing the line with the OY rotary!

Supplying the power assist are the Denver & Rio Grand Western K-28 locomotives #487 & #484.

Some quick facts about #487 & 484

  • Builder – ALCO American Locomotive Company – 1923
  • configuration – 2-8-2
  • Drive diameter – 44 inches
  • locomotive weight – 140,000 lbs
  • Past operators: Denver & Rio Grande Western, White Pass & Yukon, and Durango & Silverton

The “O” was the designation given to all non revenue producing equipment when the line was part of the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad. At one time, the D&RGW railroad had 26 pieces of 3 foot narrow gauge equipment including wedges, flangers, and rotary plows.

The states of New Mexico and Colorado purchased the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad in 1970 and renamed it the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railraod.

Let us know if you have ever had a chance to take an excursion on the historic railroad. We would love to hear about your experience!

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Updated: March 25, 2020 — 5:06 pm

Nickel Plate Road # 765

The NickelPlate #765 on Lehigh Line.

NKP #765 is capable of speeds up to 80 miles per hour!

The NKP765 was one of 80 Berkshire Class locomotives built that rode the Nickle Plate Road. All of them were considered high speed freight and passenger locomotives.

The Nickel Plate Railroad was built in 1880 as the Valley Railway transporting coal to Cleveland, Akron, And Canton, Ohio, from the Tuscarawas River Valley.

“Nickel Plate Road” was the name given to this project by the local newspapers and surveyors because it was the first railroad built for cash without issuing stock ahead of time! Thus it was referred to as the “Nickel Plated” road because of its substantial financial backing. The name stuck!

Quick Facts

  • Power type: 2-8-4 Steam Locomotive Berkshire Class
  • Builder: Lima Locomotive Works
  • Build Date: 1944
  • Drivers: 69 inch
  • Locomotive and tender weight: 802,500 lbs

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Updated: March 24, 2020 — 7:01 pm

UP 844 Steaming Out On Double Diamonds

UP 844 is seen getting ready to leave Sacramento,CA., on her way back to Cheyenne, Wyoming in 2012. She definitely has a deep throated distinctive whistle as she builds up a head of steam.

As an added bonus, she carefully traverses a set of double diamonds when making it to the main line to lash up with the rest of of consist on that day.

UP 844 was in Sacramento for the celebration of the 150 Anniversary of the signing of the Pacific Railroad Act which promoted the construction of the “transcontinental railroad” back in 1862.

Some Quick Facts about UP #844

  • Rail Line: Union Pacific
  • Power type: 4-8-4 Steam Locomotive FEF-3 class Northern
  • Builder: American Locomotive Company
  • Locomotive and tender weight: 907,890 lbs
  • Driver diameters – 80 inches!
  • Tractive effort: 63,750 lbf
  • MAX SPEED – 120 MPH !

Let us know if you have ever had to opportunity to see UP 844. We would love to hear about your experience!

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Updated: March 24, 2020 — 5:15 pm

SP #18 On The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

The Silverton & Durango Narrow Gauge Railroad leased SP #18 to train crews on oil burning locomotives.

The lease has since expired and SP 18 was returned to her home in Independence, California.

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad was built between 1881 and 1882, is the oldest continuously operating steam engine line in the United States!

Located in the San Juan Mountains, it became quickly apparent the true value of the line became its scenic beauty. She is a true narrow gauge railroad with her track gauge at 3 feet.

Quick Facts about SP #18

  • Rail Line:Nevada-California-Oregon Railway
  • Locomotive: Nickname – Slim Princess
  • Power type: 4-6-0 locomotive
  • Builder: Baldwin Locomotive
  • Operation base: Independence California
  • Year Built: 1911

If you’ve ever taken a ride on the Durango and Silverton or a train like this let us know in the comments below! Would love to hear your experience on this classic piece of history!

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Updated: March 23, 2020 — 4:08 pm

Pacing The NKP #765 Up Close

The historic Nickel Plate Road once had 80 of these powerful locomotives which were supplied by both the American Locomotive Works and the Lima Locomotive Works in 1941 through 1944.

The 2-8-4 wheel arrangement allowed an increase in the size of the fire box which in turn allowed more coal combustion and fire output. This increased the steam developed which in turn increased the horsepower of the locomotive.

Called “Super-power” locomotives, they provided fast freight and passenger service on the Nickel Plate Railroad which stretched from Chicago, Illinois, to Buffalo, New York.

Quick Facts

  • Power type: 2-8-4 Steam Locomotive Berkshire Class
  • Builder: Lima Locomotive Works
  • Build Date: 1944
  • Drivers: 69 inch
  • Locomotive and tender weight: 802,500 lbs

If you’ve ever taken a ride on the Nickel Plate Road #765 or a train like this let us know in the comments below! Would love to hear your experience on this classic piece of history!

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Updated: March 21, 2020 — 5:01 pm

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Updated: March 20, 2020 — 10:47 pm

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Rotary Plow Action

Rotary OY – Working hard on the Cumbres Pass

Supplying the power assist are the former Denver & Rio Grand K-36 Baldwin built locomotives #487 & #484.

The “O” was the designation given to all non revenue producing equipment when the line was part of the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad. At one time, the D&RGW railroad had 26 pieces of 3 foot narrow gauge equipment including wedges, flangers, and rotary plows.

OY rotary plow was built in 1923 by the American Locomotive Works is 97 years old.

The states of New Mexico and Colorado purchased the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad in 1970 and renamed it the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railraod.

Let us know if you have ever had a chance to take an excursion on the historic railroad. We would love to hear about your experience!

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Updated: March 20, 2020 — 8:29 pm

120 Year Old Grand Canyon Railway

Northern Arizona provides a magnificent backdrop for this classic short line.

Built back in 1901, the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad built a short line to the rim of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon for tourists.

In addition, in order to house the tourists, they built the famous El Tovar Hotel in 1905 just 20 feet from the rim of the canyon. The views are spectacular.

ALCO locomotive #29 has a history dating back to 1906 when it was built for the Lake Superior & Ishpeming Railroad to haul iron ore.

Locomotive #29 is considered a “consolidation” wheel arrangement of 2-8-0 whereby they added 2 extra driving wheels instead of having a read truck under the cab. This provided extra heavy pulling power needed for ore loads.

The Grand Canyon Railroad acquired Locomotive #29 in 1989 and began running excursions on the 64 mile journey to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon from Williams, Arizona. As of the end of the 2019 season, Locomotive #29 is now inactive and undergoing its federally mandated 15 year repairs.

Let us know if you have ever had the chance to take this excursion. We would love to hear about your experience!

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Updated: March 18, 2020 — 4:10 pm