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by Mark D
Tue Feb 18, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Alas, poor Union Pacific 3985
Replies: 5
Views: 322

Re: Alas, poor Union Pacific 3985

I've never seen one of UP's engines either. I haven't made it a point to do so either. When the Big Boy came to St. Paul, MN. I almost went there, but in the end decided not to. At the same time I would have been there thinking, "yep, she's a big one alright..." our fearless leader at the ...
by Mark D
Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: East Broad Top Railroad Has New Owners
Replies: 2
Views: 142

Re: East Broad Top Railroad Has New Owners

I hope they can make a go of it. I wonder if they know what they've gotten themselves into? It's not much different from people with vintage aircraft, or vintage cars. In the vintage aircraft it's probably twice the cost of maintenance than the steam engines and rolling stock. But still, operating s...
by Mark D
Wed Feb 12, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Alas, poor Union Pacific 3985
Replies: 5
Views: 322

Re: Alas, poor Union Pacific 3985

Well, you got to see it once more than I. But at least I have had the opportunity to actually work on, repair on, and fire a reasonably large steam locomotive. I will treasure those times until the day I die. I think that, for me anyway, makes up for not being able to see someone's locomotive that I...
by Mark D
Tue Feb 04, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 261 Gets Pickled
Replies: 5
Views: 514

Re: 261 Gets Pickled

Al, you should drop in on a weekday and see what goes on there. You would need to know which day because some days nobody's there, but when they ARE there you will find that Steve has been in the business of refurbishing PV's. They do a very good job of it too.
Mark D.
by Mark D
Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Missed it by that much...
Replies: 3
Views: 542

Re: Missed it by that much...

The big IF is; Do they have trackage to operate on? Most of the big steam have nowhere to operate because of the new head of Amtrak.
Mark D.
by Mark D
Sun Jan 26, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Old Stuff
Replies: 14
Views: 1043

Re: Old Stuff

Great photo's all. It's just too bad that we won't be seeing big steam in action on the high iron anymore because of the change of the CEO at Amtrak. It's sort of a dark ages now and all we can do is look at the photo's from years gone by.
Mark D.
by Mark D
Fri Jan 24, 2020 10:11 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Perfect Fallen Flag Shot
Replies: 4
Views: 366

Re: The Perfect Fallen Flag Shot

Well, if they're fallen flags you have a nice photo of vintage railroads. They all look to be in fair to good condition and (I don't know where they are or who owns them or anything else about them) they could be sold to whomever has a need of a box car. I cold use one in my back yard.... Mark D.
by Mark D
Thu Jan 23, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Perfect Fallen Flag Shot
Replies: 4
Views: 366

Re: The Perfect Fallen Flag Shot

What I see is a bunch of box cars. I don't see a problem.
Mark D.
by Mark D
Sun Jan 19, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Old Stuff
Replies: 14
Views: 1043

Re: Old Stuff

What railroad did the 700 come from?

Mark D.
by Mark D
Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: First Picture o f 2020
Replies: 9
Views: 810

Re: First Picture o f 2020

Thanks for the information John. I still occasionally see green BNSF engines around Minneapolis. The old name is always covered, and it shows it's covered, with the BNSF logo showing well. Mostly when I see them is when I'm at the 261 shop which is owned by BNSF and leased to the 261. I don't know i...
by Mark D
Sun Jan 05, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 261 Gets Pickled
Replies: 5
Views: 514

Re: 261 Gets Pickled

I would guess that it will run on the TC&W a couple of times and the Santa train at SPUD next December. And that's about all it will get. Meanwhile, there is some serious work to do on the tender. This weekend we hand shoveled all the coal out of it as a start. That will allow us to get at the a...
by Mark D
Fri Jan 03, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: First Picture o f 2020
Replies: 9
Views: 810

Re: First Picture o f 2020

It would be nice to know something about that engine that made you take a photo of it. Even just where it was taken.
And I see another locomotive in the background. Obviously these engines are sitting and waiting for work somewhere. But it could be anywhere.
Mark D.
by Mark D
Tue Dec 31, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Intermodal Steam
Replies: 4
Views: 635

Re: Intermodal Steam

Are they still operating steam at times? Or has that gone the way of the dodo bird?
Mark D.
by Mark D
Tue Dec 31, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 261 Gets Pickled
Replies: 5
Views: 514

261 Gets Pickled

This coming Saturday I and two others will be cleaning up the firebox and the tender. Water will be drained and all valves opened, coal dust will be washed off. Then it will sit idle until who knows.
Mark D.
by Mark D
Sat Dec 28, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Best looking Hudsons .... ever
Replies: 9
Views: 785

Re: Best looking Hudsons .... ever

In truth, the best of them is the one that worked best for their companies bottom line. What it looked like probably contributed to garnering riders on their passenger trains, which would raise the bottom line for the company.
Mark D.

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