Source: ProgressiveRailroading.com News
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!
Source: Train Fanatics
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!
Source: Train Fanatics