A rare visit by UP 844, one of the last of the giants... pushing by the way, no balloon track downtown to turn around in...
What a looker!! Man that is cool! I wish I could see her in person. Thanks for posting.
You could very easily keep these old trains useable. Just replace the coal-fired boilers with one that run on petrol/diesel/fuel oil or use an electric boiler 9like a water heater). Then you have the function and looks, with less pollution.
844 looks Amazing!
Very cool shot.
I got to see this beast up close once when it made a pit-stop in Reno. I think I must have been 7 or 8 at the time.
Grew up with Uncle Pete; I remember when Big Boys like this were still pulling Northwest-bound streamliners up Sherman Hill.
That had to be a sight!!
I rode Union Pacific's Challenger from Chicago to Pocatello, Idaho, in 1952 at the age of seven. We hooked up to a Big Boy in Cheyenne for the haul up Sherman Hill, and I wondered why a steam engine should pull a state-of-the-art streamliner. Growing up in Poky thereafter, I remember row upon row of steam engines parked along Yellowstone Avenue into downtown for years as they were scrapped. Later, in high school, I would occasionally spend time high up in Juniper Hills at a buddy's house (his dad was a UP supervisor) listening to jazz and watching the yellow streamliners worm their way through the Portneuf Gap and into the yard (then the largest between Omaha and Portland, and still very active). An indelible memory.
This is quite elegant for a steam powered machine.
This engine was used in the intro of Shining Time Station (Thomas and Friends american spin-off).
I did hear that rumor Very cool!
The 844 came through Missouri last year. It was really cool and it was the first real working steam locomotive that I got to see up close.
whoop whoop looks mighty powerful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Indeed, was a sight to behold, especially to be that close when she went by
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Great shot of a great locomotive! She is truly a breathing living piece of machinery!
She is lovely Locomotive
It was 2 hours of impatience and pacing around followed by 120 seconds of pure adreniline and excitement as she rolled by!
Wow Thats a Mighty Lookign Train
it's always very rare to catch 844 without her water tender these days. nice shot.
Thanks! What struck me the most was the SOUND....!!
was it loud stack talk?
The sound of the running gear and most especially the whistle got me! Sounds my ears are not familiar with. The stack talk was rythmic and soothing, like a heartbeat.
Knowing from experience working a steam locomotive. Sounds like the whistle and the running gear is a for sure way to draw you closer to those steamers
i myself have experience near steamers being close to 1522 and knowing some of her crew. It's a shame the steam locomotive was dethroned, to me it will always be the queen of the rails.
agreed. Being around Yreka Western #19, I had that experience while working beside her as well as learned interesting facts about such being a movie star .To me , Every Steam Locomotive has a story to tell and we are here to let relive her glory days.