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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