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C&O 614 Highballing To New York


C&O #614 is seen pulling an excursion train called the “Erie Limited” from Hoboken, New Jersey, to Port Jervis, New York, with no diesel assist!

The Chesapeake & Ohio ordered a total of 25 of these “Northern” type locomotives beginning in 1935. They were actually being used by the Northern Pacific Railroad first and became known as “Northerns” due to their 4-8-4 wheel alignment.

Built mainly as a passenger locomotive for C & O’s first class passenger trains, the C & O 614 is the only surviving locomotive out of the original 25 built.

Quick Facts

  • Rail Line: Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad
  • Train Name: Greenbrier type locomotive #614 (Northern)
  • Power type: 4-8-4 Steam Locomotive Class J-3
  • Builder: Lima Locomotive Works 1948
  • Maximum speed: 70 mph
  • Locomotive and tender weight: 865,530 lbs

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Updated: December 22, 2020 — 9:26 pm

The Beautiful CP Holiday Train

As a fantastic good will measure, the Canadian Pacific Railroad runs this train every year making 150 stops in Canada and the United States raising food and cash donations for local food banks.

Starting in 1999, the Holiday Train has raised $9.5 Million Dollars in cash donations and 3.3 million pounds of food!

According to CHCH, due to the pandemic, the project went virtual this year with a star-studded concert featuring Serena Ryder and the Trews along with others. The full concert and information on how you can help is online at cpr.ca/holiday train.

All donations stay within the community. As a really terrific goodwill gesture, Canadian Pacific makes donations as well in addition to providing the entertainment!

If you have ever seen the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train, let us know in the comments below! Would love to hear about your experience!

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Updated: December 22, 2020 — 3:41 pm

The Lombard Steam Log Hauler

The Lombard Steam Hauler – The world’s first snowmobile!

Alvin Orlando Lombard, a blacksmith in Waterville, Maine, invented and built the first tracked steam log hauler in 1901.

The Lombard became the first successful commercial application of track propulsion which was later adopted for military use as well as agricultural tractors.

Alvin Lombard eventually built 83 of these 10 to 30 ton saddle-tank locomotives with a platform in the front for steering. They were meant to haul sleds piled with logs with a top speed 4-5 miles per hour in snow conditions.

Each train could haul 40,000 to 100,000 board-feet of logs with the record at 24 sleds totaling 1,650 feet!

Clark’s Trading Post in Lincoln, NH., was the setting for this demonstration.

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

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Updated: December 21, 2020 — 3:08 pm

Locomotive Power To Spare

Dozens of locomotives need a large parking lot!

As a result of supply and demand and precision controlled railroading, these locomotives sit idle waiting for train orders in Wyoming and Nebraska. Or perhaps waiting for scrap yard.

Imagine the total horsepower and dollar investment represented here with all these idle locomotives.

Locomotive operation and utilization has been boiled down to a science with remote sensor controls and central monitoring.

Gone are the days when a locomotive breaks down without some remote computer already assessing the problem ahead of time. Repairs periods are kept to a minimum which could be one of the reasons these locomotives sit idle and ready for orders.

Let us know if you have seen one of these “parking Lots”. We would love to hear about your experience!

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Updated: December 18, 2020 — 5:27 pm

A Closer Look At The CP Holiday Train

As a fantastic good will measure, the Canadian Pacific Railroad runs this train every year making 150 stops in Canada and the United States raising food and cash donations for local food banks.

Starting in 1999, the Holiday Train has raised $9.5 Million Dollars in cash donations and 3.3 million pounds of food!

According to CHCH, due to the pandemic, the project went virtual this year with a star-studded concert featuring Serena Ryder and the Trews along with others. The full concert and information on how you can help is online at cpr.ca/holiday train.

When running, the CP Holiday Train covered the following providences:

    Quebec
    Ontario
    Manitoba
    Saskatchewan
    Alberta
    British Columbia

The United States portion of the route includes the following states:

    Pennsylvania
    New York
    Illinois
    Iowa
    Minnesota
    Wisconsin
    North Dakota

All donations stay within the community. As a really terrific goodwill gesture, Canadian Pacific makes donations as well in addition to providing the entertainment!

If you have ever seen the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train, let us know in the comments below! Would love to hear about your experience!

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Updated: December 13, 2020 — 4:03 pm

J 611 Black Beauty

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

Caught on an excursion from Roanoke,VA to Spencer, NC, Norfolk & Western’s J611 class Northern locomotive was in good company with the Golden State class Southern Pacific Railroads beautiful #4449 streamliner.

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

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 Northern Class
  • 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: December 9, 2020 — 5:02 pm

Pacing NKP 765

You can hear the NKP #765 whistle a mile away!

The NKP #765 was one of 80 Berkshire Class locomotives built that traveled the Nickle Plate Railroad.

Built in 1880 as the Valley Railway, the Nickel Plate Railroad transported 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
  • Maximum speed: 80 MPH

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Updated: December 8, 2020 — 6:33 pm

Santa Fe Warbonnet F7

Warbonnet is a classic paint scheme for this Santa Fe locomotive!

The F7 diesel locomotives were the best selling cab unit of all time for the Electro Motor Division of General Motors Diesel Division.

Seen here are two of such locomotives on an special excursion put on by the Galveston Railroad Museum and BNSF Railway. Called The Texas Chief, the excursion show cased the Santa Fe version of the F7 in the beautiful color scheme of the Super Chief Warbonnet!

Quick facts about the F7

  1. Units built: 2392 cab-equipped A units and 1463 cabless-booster units B
  2. Builder: EMD DIVISION of General Motors 1949-1953
  3. Locomotive power: 1500 hp
  4. Tractive effort: starting at 56,500 lbf
  5. Locomotive weight: 247,300 lbs
  6. Purpose: mixed freight and fast passenger service
  7. Maximum speed: 65-102 MPH

If you’ve ever seen a F7 on the high iron. We would love to hear your comments!

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Updated: December 8, 2020 — 2:52 pm

UP #4014 & UP #844 Travel Beautiful Utah

UP 4014 and UP 844 putting on a show!

Who knew that Union Pacific Shop would someday roll out a double header when Big Boy made his inaugural run after 60 years in storage.

In what can only be called the gift of a lifetime for rail fans everywhere, UP 4014 AND UP 844 are teamed up to celebrate the Cheyenne, Wyoming to Ogden, Utah 150th Anniversary of the Golden Spike Ceremony.

The Big Boys could pull a 5 1/2 mile long train on level ground!

Quick Facts

  • Rail Line: Union Pacific
  • UP 4014 : Big Boy 4-8-8-4 Steam Locomotive Class 4000
  • UP 844: 4-8-4 Steam Locomotive FEF-3 class Northern/li>
  • Builder: American Locomotive Company
  • 4014 Locomotive and tender weight: 1,250,000 lbs
  • 844 Locomotive and tender weight: 907,890 lbs
  • Let us know if you have had the opportunity to witness these classic locomotives in action. We would love to hear about your experience!

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Updated: December 5, 2020 — 8:15 pm

Wilmington & Western Fall Foliage Special

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
  • 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: December 3, 2020 — 11:22 am

Vintage Grand Trunk Western’s #6325

Rare footage of the locomotive that pulled President Harry S Truman’s election campaign train in 1946!

Since retired, Grand Trunk Railroad’s #6325 saw service as a dual purpose locomotive that could easily handle up to sixteen passenger cars or up to eighty freight cars. Being a Northern type locomotive with a 4-8-4 wheel arrangement, she had plenty of power.

She is currently housed at the Age of Steam Roundhouse in Sugarcreek, Ohio, as part of the Jerry Jacobson collection pending restoration.

Quick facts about Grand Trunk Western’s #6325

    Rail Line: originally built for the Grand Trunk Railroad
  • Builder: ALCO – American Locomotive Works 1942
  • Locomotive: Northern Type
  • Wheel arrangement: 4-8-4
  • Locomotive weight: 403,000 lbs
  • Purpose: mixed freight and fast passenger service

If you’ve ever seen #6325 on the high iron we would love to hear your comments!

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Updated: December 1, 2020 — 4:14 pm

Southern Railways Rare Double Header

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