Discussion in 'International Heritage Railways/Tramways' started by athelney, Jul 23, 2013.
I'm green with ènvy.
The paper has stopped doing them with effect this year, was announced 6-8 weeks ago.
Not really having to work hard, but look at the crowds - Flying Scotsman, eat your heart out!
Thank's for that, makes all the hard work worthwhile..wish I could have got over to see it.
Now imagine the apoplectic froth that would be generated if enthusiasts in this country were standing in similar positions to our American friends. Interesting how cultures develop and diverge.
Wot no fences!!! How many casualties that day! Was it carnage on the lineside??!!
Looking back at my pictures from the 60s I would say over half were taken from a trespass position but officialdom had a much more tolerant view of the serious enthusiast back then. One incident comes to mind when a small group of us, including an off duty fireman were attempting to clean up MN 35007 with paraffin soaked rags, totally illegal of course. The running foreman came round and asked how we were going to do the tender, something we hadn’t thought of. He returned a few minutes later with a ladder! I did get some odd likes on the train going home, I must have reeked of paraffin. Somehow we all survived.
Yeah and those Americans even managed to avoid standing in places where they might be hit, I assume that the test runs were not publicised in the media then
She's a big bugger, isn't she. Impressive piece of kit, gonna be a bugger to get a rods down picture of like so many crave!
It has been interesting to follow the progress by UP in getting these steam giants back into operational service.
I only wish I had the money to buy the model for my garden railway. I am happy as it would not not look to well with my other USA models.
Sadly, less than a year ago, a woman taking photos of 844 on her phone whilst standing on the sleeper ends was killed outright when the loco's pilot beam hit her.
For those with FB, here are details of the live streaming for the event, for those without.....
Hello Steam Fans! The big #Transcon150 Celebration Event featuring the meet between #UP844 and Big Boy #UP4014 is tomorrow (Thursday) at 10:30 a.m. MT at Ogden Union Station. Those attending can find all of the event details, including links to parking information, at https://www.up.com/heritage/steam-meet/index.htm. We will begin live streaming the ceremony via the Union Pacific Facebook page at 10 a.m. MT. Make sure to "Like" Union Pacific Railroad on Facebook to be notified when we go live!
Union Pacific's Transcontinental Railroad Completion Celebration
Union Pacific is the largest railroad in North America, covering 23 states across the western two-thirds of the United States
That's goosed that then, need to explore other options!
Union Pacific Steam Club Update No. 8 - June 13, 2019
The Big Boy No. 4014 is headed back out on the Union Pacific system beginning July 8 for a tour, taking it through Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Called the Great Race Across the Midwest, the tour will include displays at the following locations:
July 13-14: Omaha, Neb. (paid admission required through Railroad Days)
July 18: St. Paul, Minn.
July 20: Duluth, Minn.
July 23: Altoona, Wis.
July 27-29: Chicago, Ill.
Aug. 1: Des Moines, Iowa
Aug. 3: Omaha, Neb.
Aug. 6: North Platte, Neb.
The full schedule and route map are online in the Steam section of UP.com.
You can follow No. 4014 as it makes its way across the system via our Steam Locomotive Tracking map, which traces No. 4014's location using GPS. The location is continuously updated when the train is on the move.
You also can track the Big Boy via the @UP_Steam Twitter page at http://twitter.com/up_steam. The account tweets the train's location as it changes.
Find both the tracking map and Twitter feed, along with steam schedule information, at upsteam.com.
The Experience the Union Pacific Rail Car, a new, multi-media walk-through exhibition providing a glimpse at the past while telling the story of modern-day railroading, will accompany the Big Boy on this tour. Find out more.
UP Steam Club 36,500 Strong!
As of this mailing, there are now more than 36,500 members of the Union Pacific Steam Club, and that number keeps growing. Thanks again for joining the club!
With No. 4014 about to head out again, we have a favor to ask: As a Steam Club member and rail fan, you're more aware of the dangers associated with train operations than your typical neighbor who may be trackside for the first time. Because of your knowledge, we're asking you to have the courage to tell someone if what they're doing is unsafe – whether they're standing on or too close to the tracks, running along the ballast, leaving trip hazards in walkways or climbing on equipment.
You can help us and the UP steam program by spreading a message of safety or by reporting unsafe behavior.
Let's go over some basic safety information:
The average train overhangs the track by at least three feet and wider loads can extend even further from the tracks. Stand back at least 25 feet or more from the tracks to avoid debris and steam or being hit by the train itself.
Trains can't stop quickly to avoid people or vehicles on the tracks.
Railroad tracks, trestles, yards and right of way are private property – please do not trespass.
Never assume tracks are abandoned or inactive – ALWAYS expect a train and assume tracks are active.
Look both ways when approaching railroad crossings, and stop for trains. A train's distance from you -- and its speed -- can be deceiving.
Look twice at crossings with multiple tracks. Two tracks may mean two trains, so make sure all tracks are clear before crossing each rail line.
Avoid distractions including loud music, texting and talking on cell phones. Look up and listen for train horns.
When taking photos or video, be mindful of your surroundings. Make sure you're in a safe place or have someone "spot" you while you're looking through your camera's viewfinder. What you don't see could hurt you.
Looking Back at the 150 Celebration
We've created a new 150 Celebration webpage that includes some of our best photos and video from The Great Race to Ogden and the May 9 anniversary ceremony. Take a look.
In addition, Steam Club members who joined the Official Union Pacific Steam Club Facebook Group have contributed more than 8,600 photos, videos and stories since the page went live January 1. If you haven't joined the closed Facebook group yet, what are you waiting for? Just click this link and ask to become a member. Before joining in the discussion, take a moment to read our Facebook Policy.
That's all for now. Be safe, and we'll see you trackside,
Union Pacific Steam Club
Out and about again, follow the link above for whereabouts and journey details.
Also a new excursion has been announced, would expect a start in LA, a climb of the San Bernadinho pass would be something else...
Passengers to ride Southern California's only Big Boy excursion train.
Can you imagine the most famous steam locomotive returning to life after 60 years of retirement? The Railway and Locomotive Historical Society, Southern California Chapter, operator of RailGiants Train Museum, returned Big Boy No. 4014 to Union Pacific for that purpose. Recently, Big Boy No. 4014 began its second operational life.
Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014 will soon return to Southern California to lead a special passenger excursion train, using Union Pacific's heritage passenger car fleet, as a fund-raiser to benefit RailGiants Train Museum and our organization.
Our journey will occur on October 12 & 13, 2019, and will be a rare lifetime experience behind the king of steam locomotives. Many details remain to be determined.
To help us plan and execute this railfan trip of a lifetime, join our 4014 Journeys List. To obtain information updates FIRST, provide us your email address so that we can send information to you as they are available. We may also seek your input regarding your wishes for the journey. We will not use your email address for any other purpose or disclose it to any other organization.
On the rails in Wisconsin:
Thanks for that...
Time for a ride out to California I think
Blimey 700 bucks for the cheapest ticket - and I thought UK railtours were getting expensive! Having said that a trip across the pond to see 4014 in action is firmly on my list of things to do in the next 5 years.
The first trip it did was $5000 a ticket, up Cajon Pass should be incredible.
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