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Southern Railways #4501 “Mikado type” 2-8-2 steam locomotive was 1st in her class!

Literally, she was the 1st of 185 Mikado 2-8-2 steam freight locomotives ordered by Southern Railways from the Baldwin Locomotive works back in 1911. Mainly used as a freight hauler, #4501 saw many years of reliable service.

Her most recent restoration was completed in 2014, including upgrades to her feedwater heater and a automatic stoker.

Some quick facts about Southern #4501:

  • Builder: Baldwin Locomotive Works
  • Build Date: 1911
  • Driver diameters: 63 inches
  • Locomotive weight: 272,900 lbs
  • Class type: Mikado 2-8-2

Currently owned and operated by the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, the Southern #630 is a ex-Southern Railway Steam locomotive that underwent a thorough 10 year restoration at the Tennessee Valley Railroad’s Soule Shops. The restoration was so involved that it even included the frame work and complete running gear. She was able to return to service in 2011.

Some quick facts about Southern #630

  • Builder: American Locomotive Company
  • Build date: 1904
  • configuration: 2-8-0
  • Locomotive weight: 214,000 lbs
  • Fuel: coal
  • Class: Consolidation type Ks-1

Let us know if you have ever taken an excursion behind this classic steam engines! We would love to hear about your experience!

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Updated: November 30, 2020 — 7:58 pm

Southern #401 Photo Excursion

Southern Railway #401 at the Monticello Railway Museum

Fun Fact: Did you know that the Baldwin Locomotive company manufactured TANKS including the M4 Sherman for World War II ?

The Baldwin Locomotive works sold locomotives to Southern states prior to the Civil War. Consequently, when war broke out, the Union military ordered “war trains” to help with movement of troops and equipment. This is why you will see recreations and replicas of these engines in countless movies about the Civil War in America.

Quick facts about Southern Railways #401

    Rail Line: originally built for the Alabama Asphalt & Limestone Company
  • Builder: Baldwin Locomotive Works – 1907
  • Locomotive: Baldwin 401 H-4 Class consolidation
  • Wheel arrangement: 2-8-0
  • Tractive effort: 36,827 lbf
  • Purpose: mixed short line freight and switcher duty

If you’ve ever taken a ride behind the 401 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: November 30, 2020 — 4:16 pm

SP #4449 Christmas Train

How much time and how many lights do you think it took to decorate her?

Rolled out for numerous Holiday Special runs in 2018, unfortunately, there will be no excursions this year….

Back in her heyday, SP #4449 runs included the coast route along the Pacific Ocean from Los Angeles to San Francisco and on to Portland, Oregon. Called the Southern Pacific “Daylight“, she could make this 470 mile run totally during daylight hours due to her ability to go 100 mph!

Quick Facts

  • 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

Let us know if you have ever had the chance to see SP 4449 on one her Christmas excursion runs! We would love to hear about your experience!

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Updated: November 30, 2020 — 3:09 pm

UP Freight VS Downhill Hairpin Curves

Off in the distance, there’s a freight rolling downhill to a 90 degree bend!

The wide open spaces of the beautiful Arizona desert provide a magnificent backdrop of the topography that this mixed freight has to traverse.

The Engineer is going at a pretty good clip until he starts the chicane of curves headed downhill.

Amazingly, the heavy freight is able to slow itself to almost a complete stop prior to making the bend without any problem.The total weight of this consist is unimaginable, but the engineer seems to knows exactly how to handle this load.

Let us know if you are a fan of seeing trains in the desert. We would love to hear about your experience!

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Updated: November 27, 2020 — 7:27 pm

Nevada Northern Railway In Winter

The Nevada Northern Railway was created back in the early 1900’s after massive copper deposits were discovered in the hills west of Ely, Nevada..

Built by the Utah Construction Company in 1906, the railway spanned 150 miles of track between Ely, Nevada and Cobre. Trackage was also added around the Ely area to other mines and the network became known as the “ore line”.

Quick Facts about Engine #93

  • Builder: American Locomotive Company
  • Configuration: 2-8-0 consolidation type
  • Build date: 1909
  • Cost to purchase new: $17,610
  • Locomotive weight: 187,000 lbs

Quick Facts about Engine #40

There were over 16,000 Baldwin 4-6-0 locomotives built and the Queen of Steam has the great distinction of spending her whole career with the Nevada Northern Railway. The Baldwin 4-6-0 became the best selling general service locomotive for the Baldwin Locomotive Company.

  • Rail Line: Ordered by the Nevada Northern Railway
  • Cost to purchase: $13,139 new
  • Power type: 4-6-0 Steam Locomotive
  • Builder: Baldwin Locomotive Works
  • Build Date: 1910

Let us know if you have ever visited the Northern Nevada Railway Museum! We would love to hear about your experience!

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Updated: November 26, 2020 — 3:48 pm

UP 3985 Shows How It’s Done

UP 3985 is shown making a hard climb!

Built specifically to take on long grades like her cousin “Big Boy”, the #3985 Challenger was designed to pull freight fast up long grades without helper engines.

UP 3985 has arguably one the most distinctive steam and smoke displays of any steam engine including Big Boy!

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
  • Nicknamed – Challenger class

Let us know if you have ever had a chance to see UP #3985 in action! We would love to hear about your experience!

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Updated: November 26, 2020 — 2:30 pm

Black Hills Mallet #110

Black Hills Mallet #110 is directly related to Big Boy!

Pronounced (“Ma-lay”), BHCR’s Mallet 2-6-6-2T is using an articulated designed to allow for heavy loads in tight turns. Both locomotives have an articulated design whereby they use two wheeled trucks under one mail frame. The main difference between the two locomotives in that one uses compounded steam (BHCR’s 2-6-6-2T) and the other uses simple expansion steam (Big Boy).

Compounded steam utilizes the steam twice. Once at high pressure from the boiler at the rear cylinders and then again at the larger cylinders in at the front truck at lower pressure.

The simple expansion steam method uses steam generated from the boiler to both rear and forward pistons at the same time generating more power for larger loads.

BHCR’s #110 was built in 1928 and is considered a Pannier Tank Mallet with the water jacket straddling both sides of the boiler. It was used as a logging locomotive for Weyerhaeuser Timber Company at one time.

Let us know if you have ever taken an excursion on Black Hills Central Railroad in South Dakota. We would love to hear about your experience!

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Updated: November 21, 2020 — 5:50 pm

Black Hills Central Logging Locomotive

Black Hills Mallet #110 is directly related to Big Boy!

Pronounced (“Ma-lay”), BHCR’s Mallet 2-6-6-2T is using an articulated designed to allow for heavy loads in tight turns. Both locomotives have an articulated design whereby they use two wheeled trucks under one mail frame. The main difference between the two locomotives in that one uses compounded steam (BHCR’s 2-6-6-2T) and the other uses simple expansion steam (Big Boy).

Compounded steam utilizes the steam twice. Once at high pressure from the boiler at the rear cylinders and then again at the larger cylinders in at the front truck at lower pressure.

The simple expansion steam method uses steam generated from the boiler to both rear and forward pistons at the same time generating more power for larger loads.

BHCR’s #110 was built in 1928 and is considered a Pannier Tank Mallet with the water jacket straddling both sides of the boiler. It was used as a logging locomotive for Weyerhaeuser Timber Company at one time.

Let us know if you have ever taken an excursion on Black Hills Central Railroad in South Dakota. We would love to hear about your experience!

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Updated: November 21, 2020 — 2:31 pm

Union Pacific Pythons In The Desert

Ever wonder if the containers are color coded for a reason?

This Union Pacific Intermodal Freight makes its way through the Southern Arizona Sonora Desert!

The low level of elevation of the southern Arizona desert follows the rivers and gullys. Yet, somehow, they managed to work the trackage in and around the terrain that makes for fantastic photo opportunities.

This Union Pacific consist is a intermodal double stacker which means that the top of the freight cars are most likely around 20 feet high in places and usually 100-120 cars long.

It is seen here passing a delayed consist which is common when two trains pass each other in tight spots.

Let us know if you love Union Pacific or have ever worked for them! We would love to hear your story.

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Updated: November 18, 2020 — 8:04 pm

NKP #765 Angry Stack Talk

Turn up your speakers and just listen to the magnificent locomotive!

Located outside of the Scranton, Pennsylvania, NKP #765 is heard exiting the Nay Aug Tunnel when she hit some type of build up on the tracks. Perhaps It could have been leaves or lubricant on the rails, but it did not deter her engineer who worked hard to throttle her up the grade.

NKP #765 signals the end of her journey up the grade with her victory whistle!

At its height in the 1920’s, this short line of track saw about 60 trains per day including heavy coal trains and their helpers.

Nickel Plate #765 was one of 55 Berkshire class locomotives that the Nickle Plate Road acquired during World War II in addition to the first 15 Berkshire (2-8-4) locomotives that were purchased in 1934.

Quick Facts

  • Builder: Lima Locomotive Works
  • Build Date: 1944
  • Drivers: 69 inch
  • Locomotive and tender weight: 440,800 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: November 17, 2020 — 11:44 am

N&W J611 4-8-4 Power Start

The stack talk of the this locomotive is awesome!

With a weight of 494,000 lbs., her 27×32 inch cylinders turn her 70 inch driver wheels, she handles the grades, no problem!

Originally built for $251,000 in 1950 by N & W employees, her complete restoration costs ran upwards of $3,500,000 when finished.

Some quick facts about Norfolk and Western’s J-Class #611

  • Manufacturer: Norfolk and Western Roanoake Shops
  • build date: 1950
  • Wheel alignment: 4-8-4
  • Drivers: 70 inches
  • Locomotive and tender weight combined: 872,600 lbs
  • Maximum speed: 110 MPH

Let us know if you have ever seen this magnificent machine rolling down the tracks. We would love to hear your comments!

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Updated: November 14, 2020 — 9:49 am

Norfolk & Western’s Black Beauty

Norfolk & Western’s J-611 truly is the “Queen of Steam”!

Perhaps one of the best shots of this magnificent locomotive we’ve ever seen, J 611 put on a show for all during an excursion run in Asheville, North Carolina.

The only thing smoother than the locomotive itself it her throaty whistle!

Polished and shaped like a black bullet with maroon stripes, she is clearly one of the best surviving passenger “streamliners”.

A powerful machine, the J 611 boiler is rated at 300 psi. and could pull 15 cars at 110 miles per hour!

With a weight of 494,000 lbs., her 27×32 inch cylinders turn her 70 inch driver wheels, she handles these grades, no problem!

Originally built for $251,000 in 1950 by N & W employees, her complete restoration costs ran upwards of $3,500,000 when finished.

Some quick facts about Norfolk and Western’s J-Class #611

  • Manufacturer: Norfolk and Western Roanoake Shops
  • build date: 1950
  • Wheel alignment: 4-8-4
  • Drivers: 70 inches
  • Locomotive and tender weight combined: 872,600 lbs
  • Maximum speed: 110 MPH

Let us know if you have ever seen this magnificent machine rolling down the tracks. We would love to hear your comments!

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Updated: November 6, 2020 — 7:43 pm

The Tehachapi Loop

Considered a California Historical Landmark, the Tehachapi Loop draws rail fans from all over the world!

Built by the Southern Pacific Railroad between 1874-1876, the “spiral” tracks are now owned by Union Pacific Railroad. The grade itself connects San Joaquin Valley to the Mojave Desert and the town of Mojave on the way to Los Angeles.

Trains of 4000 feet in length or longer pass under and over themselves as they go through the loop!

Some quick facts about the Tehachapi Loop:

  • Length is about three quarters of a mile long!
  • The grade is 2% rising 2 feet for every 100 feet of track – very steep by train standards!
  • Average of 40 trains per day make their way through the loop.
  • Makes its way through the Tehachapi Pass in the Tehachapi Mountains in Kern County, California.

Let us know if you have ever had the chance to see the Tehachapi Loop in person and what you thought. We would love to hear about your experience!

Note: Click on full screen square in lower right corner to get the full viewing experience!

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Updated: November 5, 2020 — 11:29 am

Invite Your Friends Over For A CASE 150 Tractor Pull!

Just don’t tell them you are going to put them to work!

The Case 150 Steam Tractor was the largest steam tractor that was built back in the 1904. Known as a “road tractor” for its pulling power, it could handle pulling up to 36 or more plough bottoms at one time. Seen here in action, it clearly can handle this field.

Since none of these tractors survived and less than a handful of these tractors were ever built, Kory Anderson took on the project to recreate the Case 150 from the ground up.

Originally called a tractor drive engine, that term was shortened to Tractor later on. While the Case 150 Steam Engine had 150 horse power, it was slowly phased out of use in the late 1920’s in exchange for the lighter weight internal combustion engines using kerosene, petrol or distillate.

Some quick facts about Case 150 Road Locomotive

  • Manufacturer: J. I. Case Threshing Machine Company Engine Works
  • build date: 1905-1905
  • Drivers: 96 inches diameter
  • Length / width : 25 feet x 10 feet
  • Traction power: 40-50 tons up grades from 5-10 percent

Let us know if you have ever been to any tractor show that has these antiques on display! We would love to hear about your experience!

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Updated: November 3, 2020 — 3:25 pm

Norfolk Southern Diesel Surprise !

Looks can be deceiving at first!

Where else but North Carolina would be a better setting for the “Roanoker”? Making runs in and around Greensboro, N&W J-611 sounds off with her fully throated whistle to make chills run up and down your spine!

With a weight of 494,000 lbs., her 27×32 inch cylinders turn her 70 inch driver wheels, she handles grades, no problem!

Originally built for $251,000 in 1950 by N & W employees, her complete restoration costs ran upwards of $3,500,000 when finished.

Some quick facts about Norfolk and Western’s J-Class #611

  • Manufacturer: Norfolk and Western Roanoake Shops
  • build date: 1950
  • Wheel alignment: 4-8-4
  • Drivers: 70 inches
  • Locomotive and tender weight combined: 872,600 lbs
  • Maximum speed: 110 MPH

Let us know if you have ever seen this magnificent machine rolling down the tracks. We would love to hear your comments!

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Updated: November 3, 2020 — 1:49 pm

NKP #765 In The Cuyahoga Valley

Set in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the Nickel Plate Road provides fantastic scenery!

Nickel Plate Road’s S-2 Berkshire type 2-8-4 steam locomotive #765 gives us a great display of the golden age of steam! Now serving as an excursion train, she is part of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad which is one of the top 10 excursion railways in the United States.

Nickel Plate #765 was one of 55 Berkshire class locomotives that the Nickle Plate Road acquired during World War II in addition to the first 15 Berkshire (2-8-4) locomotives that were purchased in 1934.

Quick Facts

  • Rail Line: Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, Ohio
  • Train Name: Nickel Plate Road #765
  • Power type: 2-8-4 Steam Locomotive Berkshire Class
  • Builder: Lima Locomotive Works
  • Build Date: 1944
  • Drivers: 69 inch
  • Locomotive and tender weight: 440,800 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: November 2, 2020 — 6:00 pm

Two Iron Horses Versus Two Horses

Even these stallions love Big Boy!

These two horses are hardly intimidated by noise of the locomotives as they try to outpace Big Boy #4014 and UP #844 in Weber Canyon, Utah.

In a truly magnificent shot, the horses are seen galloping along side the locomotives trying to keep up!

Big Boy #4014 and UP #844 were westbound on their way to Ogden, Utah.

Of the 25 Big Boys that were built, all but 8 were scrapped, unfortunately.

h3>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 !

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: November 2, 2020 — 3:19 pm

CSX Freight Versus Truck

Grade crossing outwits truck driver!

If you find yourself stuck on the tracks, you can always call the 1 800 number that is posted on the crossing signal or sign post. In this instance, the truck driver should have never have taken the center high grade crossing with his load. If he would have called the number, assuming it existed at that crossing, perhaps the engineer would have been notified in time to stop the train.

Luckily, no one was hurt in this accident although the train crew may have been a little tramatized. The truck driver exited the cab just before the collision. Both the truck and the locomotive caught fire.

The CSX ES44AH locomotive involved in this incident weighs more than 432,000 pounds and has a front nose door and a rear-cab door, which would have allowed an escape route for the crew.

As seen, the Department of Transportation crew working the scrapper tried to tow the truck off of the tracks, but to no avail.

Remember to Stop, Look, and Listen!

Let us know if you have ever witnessed a seen such as this, we would love to hear about your experience.

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Updated: October 31, 2020 — 5:31 pm

Union Pacific #3985 Leaving Chicago

UP 3985 is shown making use of her articulated design!

UP 3985 is seen making an early morning start getting ready to highball out of Chicago, Illinois.

Built specifically to take on long grades like her cousin “Big Boy”, the #3985 Challenger was designed to pull freight fast up long grades without helper engines.

UP 3985 has arguably one the most distinctive steam and smoke displays of any steam engine including Big Boy!

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
  • Nicknamed – Challenger

Let us know if you have ever had a chance to see UP #3985 in action! We would love to hear about your experience!

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Updated: October 30, 2020 — 7:11 pm

Nevada Northern’s #93 In Winter

The Nevada Northern Railway is backdropped by the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.

Known as the “ore line”, the Nevada Northern Railway added track around the Ely area to other mines in the area and created a network hauling gold and silver ore.

The Nevada Northern Railway was built by the Utah Construction Company in 1906 and spanned 140 miles of track.

Some Quick Facts about Engine #93

  • Builder: American Locomotive Company
  • Configuration: 2-8-0 consolidation type
  • Build date: 1909
  • Cost to purchase new: $17,610

Let us know if you have ever visited the Northern Nevada Railway museum! We would love to hear about your experience!

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Updated: October 29, 2020 — 3:18 pm