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by SOO2719
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Big Boy IS going to Duluth this July
Replies: 22
Views: 386

Re: Big Boy IS going to Duluth this July

Hey Mark,

On July 19, Union Pacific says 40104 will depart SPUD at 8:30 A.M. If they take the old Great Northern, that means the Big Boy will pass the 261 shop around 9 A.M. If they take the old Northern Pacific, though, they will bypass the shop. Does that make sense?
by SOO2719
Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Big Boy IS going to Duluth this July
Replies: 22
Views: 386

Re: Big Boy IS going to Duluth this July

Aw come on, Mark. What if the Big Boy passes the 261 shop on its way to Duluth? You guys would be foolish not have 261 simmering outside the shop, waiting to swap whistle salutes with the 4014.
by SOO2719
Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 4014's Return And "The Circus That Wasn't"
Replies: 3
Views: 74

Re: 4014's Return And "The Circus That Wasn't"

A good friend and fellow railfan gave me a dire warning when I enthusiastically told him my chase plans for July 17. He warned me that 4014 would be followed by so many people, including many yahoos, the train's passage would be "a circus." That made me nervous, man, but forewarned is fore...
by SOO2719
Sat Jun 15, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 4014's Return And "The Circus That Wasn't"
Replies: 3
Views: 74

4014's Return And "The Circus That Wasn't"

A good article about how well-behaved the crowds were for 4014's return to the rails: http://cs.trains.com/trn/b/observation-tower/archive/2019/05/24/the-circus-that-wasn-39-t-and-the-memories-that-were.aspx I hope the same holds true when 4014 hits the ol' Rock Island Spine Line next month. I do no...
by SOO2719
Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Thread for 4014 Videos - First Runs and Trip to Ogden
Replies: 18
Views: 722

Re: Thread for 4014 Videos - First Runs and Trip to Ogden

5/4/19 Pacing video out of Laramie and into Rawlins. https://youtu.be/89F2phsZpi4?t=1 This video, with the sound muted, goes great with the Jackie Wilson tune "Higher And Higher"--well, at least for me. :D Big steam set to good music is very good for your emotional health, my friends.
by SOO2719
Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Big Boy IS going to Duluth this July
Replies: 22
Views: 386

Re: Big Boy IS going to Duluth this July

Union Pacific just announced the schedule: https://www.up.com/media/releases/190613-big-boy-4014-midwest.htm?fbclid=IwAR1IbpBXYRFihoKRNaoD-pVbxIAUj2T1OzN21uzn18IYPsK_T0-unIXCfvA Oh man, this is gonna be something! :D I am going to intercept 4014 at Faribault and follow her into town. Anyone want to ...
by SOO2719
Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Big Boy IS going to Duluth this July
Replies: 22
Views: 386

Re: Big Boy IS going to Duluth this July

I cannot afford to hire a blimp, but I can think of something. Heck, the 3985 did not have crowds everywhere when she visited the Cities in 2008, so why should the 4014 be any different? I would love to first see the 4014 in Faribault, hometown of my good friend and fellow railfan John C. Luecke and...
by SOO2719
Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Big Boy IS going to Duluth this July
Replies: 22
Views: 386

Re: Big Boy IS going to Duluth this July

I am excited to see the Big Boy, but I am also wary of the crowds that will be out to see 4014. What's a railfan gotta do to get a quiet spot to see the Big Boy? Sheesh.
Yes, I am not one for crowds.
by SOO2719
Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Big Boy IS going to Duluth this July
Replies: 22
Views: 386

Re: Big Boy IS going to Duluth this July

Good God Almighty... I hope I have a new(ish) car by then. A Big Boy on the North Shore, land of the Yellowstone? This I have got to see.
by SOO2719
Tue May 21, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Skookum in California
Replies: 8
Views: 551

Re: Skookum in California

Trains says nothing about Skookum's ultimate home, confound them.
Maybe Skookum's owner plans to move the engine from railroad to railroad in the warmer months and keep it at his place in the off season?
by SOO2719
Tue May 21, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: After Big Boy Back to Normal for Steam
Replies: 3
Views: 266

Re: After Big Boy Back to Normal for Steam

You folks will have a Milwaukee Road E-unit on the other end for the June trips, not a T.C.& W. one, so there is that to look forward to.
As for the Big Boy? Oh man, please Uncle Pete, please send her to Gopher Land!
by SOO2719
Tue May 14, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: It was 150 Years Ago...
Replies: 1
Views: 176

Re: It was 150 Years Ago...

I meant to post this last Friday but had no time until now, so here goes: Francis Bret Harte. 1839–1902 What the Engines Said Opening of the Pacific Railroad WHAT was it the Engines said, Pilots touching,—head to head Facing on the single track, Half a world behind each back? This is what the Engine...
by SOO2719
Mon May 13, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Southwest LRT Construction Has Begun
Replies: 1
Views: 229

Southwest LRT Construction Has Begun

Twin Cities and Western sure is going to net some fine "one-time" revenue from shipments of continuous welded rail for the Southwest LRT. Boy oh boy, will they ever: https://kstp.com/news/rails-for-southtwest-ligh-rail-swlrt-project-arrive-st-louis-park-met-metro-council-/5351514/
by SOO2719
Fri May 10, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: It was 150 Years Ago...
Replies: 1
Views: 176

It was 150 Years Ago...

,,,when the Union and the Central met today. Happy Golden Spike day, my friends. :D https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/5d/East_and_West_Shaking_hands_at_the_laying_of_last_rail_Union_Pacific_Railroad_-_Restoration.jpg/1009px-East_and_West_Shaking_hands_at_the_laying_of_last_rail_...

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