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UP 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: August 7, 2020 — 9:25 pm

Wilmington & Western Railroad #98

Winter on the Wilmington & Western Heritage Railroad!

The Wilmington & Western Heritage Railroad dates back to 1867 when it was first incorporated as the Delaware and Chester County Railroad. Most of the excursions travel through Red Clay Creek in Northern Delaware which is seen here covered in snow.

The excursion seen here was considered a photographers special with mother nature lending a helping hand.

Some quick facts about Old #98

  • Builder: ALCO American Locomotive Company, Schenectady, New York
  • Wheel arrangement: 4-4-0
  • Build date: January 1909
  • Sale Price in 1909: $11,585 (including shipping!)
  • Let us know you have ever had the opportunity to take a ride on the Wilmington & Western Railroad and have seen this classic locomotive up close.
    We would love to hear about your experience!

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Updated: August 7, 2020 — 7:00 pm

Cass Scenic Railroad Steam Show

One by one, starting with the front engine, they sound off a mean chorus of steam whistles!

Five geared steam locomotives are shown including four Shay’s (#2,4 5,11) and a Climax (#9) in the lead. Shay Locomotive #2 is sporting a Norfolk & Western “Hooter” whistle and Shay locomotive #4 is sounding off a Lunkenheimer whistle.

The Cass Scenic Railroad an 11-mile long stretch located in Cass, Pocahontas County, West Virginia and is the unofficial home of the geared locomotive!

The Classic Shay and Climax locomotives are sometimes called the “Sidewinders”.

With a geared locomotive, you will not see the stereotypical driving wheels, but rather some fascinating gears and crank shafts working in harmony that really makes you appreciate the engineering that when into this locomotive.

Quick Facts

  • Rail Line: Cass Scenic RailRoad, West Virginia
  • Train Name: Shay geared and Heisler geared locomotives
  • Power type: Steam Locomotive

Let us know if you have ever had the opportunity to witness these great locomotives first hand. We would love to hear from you!

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Updated: August 7, 2020 — 5:41 pm

Big Boy 4014 & UP 844 Short Run To Rock Springs

Working out the kinks in Wyoming!

On a run from Rawlins to Rock Springs, Wyoming, Big Boy 4014 and UP 844 are teamed up on one of the flattest stretches of terrane in Wyoming.

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: August 6, 2020 — 7:56 pm

Slow Pacing The D&RGW #493

Conversion to oil from a coal burning locomotive D&RGW #493 a success!

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum covers approximately 45 miles of track between Durango and Silverton, Colorado and operates year round.

Built between 1881 and 1882, The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad 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.

Notice the front of #493 has a snow wedge where the cow catcher would normally be!

Quick Facts

  • Rail Line: Durango and Silverton Railroad
  • Locomotive: #493 Rio Grande Class K-37
  • Power type: 2-8-2 locomotive
  • Builder: American Locomotive Company
  • Train type: Excursion
  • Engine Weight : 223,550 Lbs
  • Year Built: 1924

If you’ve ever taken a ride on the Durango & 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: August 4, 2020 — 6:59 pm

Tempe UP Train Derailment & Bridge Fire

Union Pacific mixed freight train derailed while crossing the Tempe Town Lake in Tempe, Arizona.

The Tempe Town Lake bridge partially collapsed sending 3 tanker cars to the ground. Two were filled with highly flammable materials and one with a rubbery substance. Eight to ten cars actually caught fire which were carrying lumber.

The Tempe Town Lake bridge was built in 1912 and is known to have had problems in the past. Union Pacific Railroad inspects the bridge every 30 days and had completed their most recent inspection July 9th, 2020.

The fire burned so hot that it caused a partial collapse of the bridge and cars into the lake.

No one was injured in the incident and fire officials are continuing their investigations.

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Updated: July 29, 2020 — 7:45 pm

“Silver Pilot” In Illinois

One of the best looking locomotives ever produced “The Nebraska Zephyr”!

This clip shows the Zephyr in Galesburg, Illinois.

These special EMD E5 locomotives were produced exclusive for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, to be used on the Burlington Route which serviced 11 states from Illinois, to Texas!

Built between 1940 and 1941 these diesel engines, also known as ‘Silver Pilots’ are some of the most recognizable locomotives in the world!

Only 11 A Units And 5 B Units of the EMD E5 diesel locomotives were ever produced!

Locomotive characteristics include:

  • Builder: General Motors Electro-Motive Division
  • 2000 horse power
  • build number 9911A known as the Silver Pilot

If you have seen the Silver Pilot we would love to have you share your experience !

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Updated: July 27, 2020 — 2:40 pm

Nickle Plate # 765 Berkshire Type 2-8-4

Set in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the Nickle 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: July 24, 2020 — 7:55 pm

E Class Russian Locomotive ER 774 – 38

Classic Russian locomotive Er 774-38 takes a run through Moscow

E Class Russian Locomotive Er 774-38 is one of 11,000 freight locomotives built in Russia and other countries in Europe including Germany, Sweden, Hungary and Poland.

With wheel arrangement of 0-10-0, the ER Class locomotive ended up being the principal standard freight locomotive in Russia.

Seen here in Moscow on what is known as the Moscow Railway Ring of Steam which is a circular 33 mileroute around the city center, originally opened 1908. It was felt that is that the circular design was needed because transport connections between the suburbs were difficult.

Many tourist excursions though this area of Moscow end up at the Museum of Moscow Railway at Paveletskiy.

You can book on of these excursions when visiting Moscow.

Let us know you you have ever had the opportunity to see Moscow by steam. We would love to hear about your experience!

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Updated: July 24, 2020 — 7:29 pm

Yukon & White Pass Railroad

32,000 men moved tons of rock over 2 years to complete the line in 1898

If you’ve ever been to Skagway, Alaska, you no doubt have ridden this iconic railway out of the port of Skagway up the mountain to White Pass Summit, passing Bridal Veil Falls, Inspiration Point and the infamous Dead Horse Gulch.

Built in 1898, the White Pass & Yukon Railwayy offers 49 mile round trip excursions with some of the most breathtaking views of the the Alaskan territory ever seen. The line starts at tidewater in Skagway and works its way up the mountain crossing wooden trestles, shear rock faces, and culminating at the 2865 foot White Pass Summit and eventually connecting Whitehorse, Canada.

From the vintage railcars, you can view the original Klondike Trail worn into the rocks,” a permanent tribute to the thousands of prospectors who journeyed this way in search of fortune during the great Klondike Gold Rush of 1898.”

Let us know if you have ever had the chance to ride the classic White Pass & Yukon Railway. We love to hear about your experience!

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Updated: July 23, 2020 — 3:28 pm

Pacing Big Boy #4014 Revenue Run In Winter

White out conditions are not enough to slow this locomotive down!

Big Boy #4014 is caught here making a revenue run from Denver, Colorado to Cheyenne, Wyoming, in blizzard conditions. The crew can be seen in the cab huddled up in winter gear to escape the cold.

Included are some great pacing shots out on the open plains north of Platteville, Colorado.

There were 25 Union Pacific “Big Boys” built overall beginning in 1941 for the specific purpose of handling freight up the 65 mile grade of the Wasatch Mountain Range starting inOgden,Utah and ending in Wyoming.

Union Pacific Big Boy #4014 stats:

  • Operated from 1941-59
  • Bearing full load weighed a total of 1,250,000 million lbs
  • Only 25 ever made
  • 4-8-8-4 configuration
  • Top speed of 80 Mph
  • Articulated with no compound of the steam
  • Water Capacity – 25,000 gallons
  • Cylinders- 4 outside (2 for each set of 4 driving wheels)
  • Boiler pressure – 300 PSI

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: July 17, 2020 — 4:51 pm

110 HP Case Steam “Torque Factory”

The 110HP Case Steam Engine required 8 man crews!

Built at the turn of the century between 1910 – 1913, the 110 HP Case Steam Plows were also called “Road Locomotives” because of the their sound when under a heavy draw. These amazing machines were able to generate 3000ft-lbs of torque at 240 RPM with a top speed of 2.37 MPH.

The 1913 Case catalogue listed the purchase price at $3055 FOB, Racine, Wisconsin. The engine also won the Grand Sweepstakes Prize and Gold Medal at the Winnipeg Motor Contest in 1912. Over 800 110 HP Case Traction Steam Engines were built.

It is seen here at a tractor pull event in Pinckneyville, Illinois.

Some quick facts about the Case 110 HP Steam Engine:

  • fuel and water capacity – 1945 lbs of coal and 366 gallons of water
  • Weight – 42,500 lbs loaded with water and coal
  • Number built – 800
  • Torque – 3000 ft-lbs at 240 RPM
  • Top speed of 2.37 Mph
  • Rear Traction wheels – height, 7 feet
  • Steam pressure – 160 psi
  • Height to top of the stack – 10 feet, 5 inches

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

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Soo Line 1003 Photo Excursion

The Wisconsin & Southern Railroad was kind enough to let the Soo Line 1003 run on her rails as well as providing an old box car and hopper cars for a photo op.

Soo Line 1003 is called a Mikado type 2-8-2 locomotive. The first locomotive of this 2-8-2 wheel arrangement was built for the Emperor of Japan back in 1897 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works for the 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) gauge Nippon Railway of Japan. Mikado was an ancient term for Emperor and the name just stuck to this class of locomotive.

Soo Line 1003 is currently owned by Steam Locomotive Heritage Association and is based in Hartford, Wisconsin. She originally cost $25,654 to build and was delivered to the Soo Line in 1913.

Some quick facts about Soo Line 1003

  • builder : American Locomotive Company (ALCO) 1913
  • Wheel arrangement 2-8-2
  • Driver diameters: 63 inches
  • Locomotive weight – originally 433,500lbs
  • owner – Steam Locomotive Heritage Association

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

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Updated: July 14, 2020 — 5:38 pm

Engineers Having Too Much Fun

Engineers have a blast busting fallen trees on the tracks!

Don’t you love how the snow brings out everyone’s inner child ?

The first big snow storm of the year in the Canadian Rockies set the stage for this really interesting if not scary situation. The train conductors are running an empty grain train as it plows away anything in its path including fallen snow laden trees.

It’s not your normal way of plowing the tracks, but still effective!

Some of the hits they take are at windshield level. It makes you wonder how the glass does not break or windshield wipers stay on!

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Updated: July 14, 2020 — 11:11 am

Big Boy #4014 From Above

Silence is sometimes golden!

Caught in sub zero temperatures on the last leg of his southwest excursion, Big Boy #4014 is seen in a winter wonderland from high above. Although the video is silent, the Wyoming countryside in winter provides a magnificent backdrop to Big Boy #4014.

There were 25 Union Pacific “Big Boys” built overall beginning in 1941 for the specific purpose of handling freight up the 65 mile grade of the Wasatch Mountain Range starting inOgden,Utah and ending in Wyoming.

Union Pacific Big Boy #4014 stats:

  • Operated from 1941-59
  • Bearing full load weighed a total of 1,250,000 million lbs
  • Only 25 ever made
  • 4-8-8-4 configuration
  • Top speed of 80 Mph
  • Articulated with no compound of the steam
  • Water Capacity – 25,000 gallons
  • Cylinders- 4 outside (2 for each set of 4 driving wheels)
  • Boiler pressure – 300 PSI

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: July 7, 2020 — 2:14 pm

10,000 Ton NS Freight Slams Into Limo

Shocking footage from New Paris, Indiana of a train versus a limo!

Teenagers celebrating their friends 16th birthday weren’t quite ready for the surprise they were about to receive when their stretch limousine attempted to cross the railroad tracks. Unfortunately for all those in the limo, the vehicle bottomed out and became stuck on the tracks. As if their luck just couldn’t get any worse, a train just happened to be making its way to the crossing!

The train, coming in hot, was unable to stop in time and plowed into the stretch Chrysler 300, which all things considered. sustained a lot less frame damage than one would expect in an accident such as this! In the end, this accident (and almost all train crossing related accidents) can be summed up by the conversation between the limo driver, and the trains engineer:

“Did you see me?” “Whats that?” “Did you see me?” “I sure did, I got 10,000 tons behind me dude!” “I know, I know, Im sorry.”

Thankfully there were no casualties or injuries.

Do you think there should be rules in place for limousines at rail crossings, and what kind of restrictions could prevent accidents like this one from happening again? We’d love for you to share your opinions and ideas with us!

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Updated: July 6, 2020 — 6:54 pm

Big Boy #4014 Steam Show

Big Boy #4014 floating on a cloud of steam !!

UP took the old 4-6-6-4 Challenger design and enlarged the fire box, lengthening the boiler, adding 4 driving wheels, and reducing the diameter of driving wheels from 69 to 68 inches. These changes contributed to Big Boy’s overall length equal to two city buses and the combined weight total of more than a Boeing 747!

Big Boy is an articulated locomotive with compounding of the steam meaning steam is used once on both sets of driving wheels front and back. An articulated locomotive has the front of the boiler sitting on a front wheeled truck that allows the otherwise ridged boiler to pivot around curves that would normally be too tight.

Big Boy was also designed to operate safely at a maximum speed of 80 mph which was unheard of for steam freight locomotives in that time.

Let us know if you have ever seen Big Boy #4014 in action. We would love to hear about your experience!

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Updated: July 6, 2020 — 4:12 pm

UP 3985 Steamtacular Departure

UP 3985 heading out from Kansas City!

UP 3985 is seen making an early morning start getting ready to highball to St. Louis, Missouri.

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: July 6, 2020 — 3:21 pm

J611 On The Saluda Grade

The Saluda Grade was the steepest standard-gauge railway in the United States!

Located south of Asheville, North Carolina, the Saluda Grade gains 606 feet in less than 6 miles. It was once part of Spartanburg and Asheville Railroad and built back in 1878. The grade is so steep (average 4.24%) that the line had two runaway train spurs that were manned 24 hours a day back in the day.

Norfolk Southern sold a portion of the line south of Asheville to Watco Companies, LLC., which operates it as a short line Class III operator. It is called the Blue Ridge Southern Railroad.

You can witness a little wheel slip on the grade by J611 before cresting the hill.

J611 was originally built for $251,000 in 1950 by N & W employees, with restoration costs running upwards of $3,500,000 when finished.

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

  • Manufacturer: Norfolk and Western Roanoke 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: July 1, 2020 — 3:06 pm

Big Boy #4014 & UP 844 Across Wyoming

After 60 years, Big Boy #4014 roars across wide open Wyoming!

UP Big Boy and UP 844 made history as they moved along the rails towards the city of Ogden, Utah for the 150th Golden Spike Anniversary Celebration of the completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869.

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: June 30, 2020 — 10:47 am