The most famous steam loco in the US?

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The most famous steam loco in the US?

Postby BurlingtonJohn » Fri Jul 14, 2017 11:06 pm

Arguably the most famous steam locomotive in the United States, Western & Atlantic #3, The General. Kennesaw Georgia, 12 Jul 17.

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Re: The most famous steam loco in the US?

Postby tom c » Sat Jul 15, 2017 9:09 am

not my favorite

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Re: The most famous steam loco in the US?

Postby Charles T. McCullough » Sat Jul 15, 2017 9:29 am

ONE of my favourites! I have MANY!

It "looks like" what a 4-4-0 "American" steam locomotive hadda oughta look like! Big drivers, funnel stack, lotsa brass!

I even got to stand in the cab for about 15 minutes (alone!) several years ago! Heaven!
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Re: The most famous steam loco in the US?

Postby Mark D » Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:06 am

Did you not post about when you were allowed into the cab? It seems to ring a bell with me.
Cool. That IS the real McCoy, is it not? Or, at least part of it, but is the boiler still mostly original too?
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Re: The most famous steam loco in the US?

Postby Charles T. McCullough » Sat Jul 15, 2017 12:40 pm

It has been rebuilt a number of times... which original boiler do you mean? :lol:

I understand it was originally a broad gauge and was narrowed to standard after the Civil War. There were several changes made to it when it was moved from Chattanooga, TN to Marietta, GA.

I was so shocked at the docent leaving me in the cab alone while he went to answer the phone that I didn't hardly move! :shock: Still, a thrill to get to stand there. :D
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Re: The most famous steam loco in the US?

Postby BurlingtonJohn » Sat Jul 15, 2017 8:19 pm

Mark D wrote:Did you not post about when you were allowed into the cab? It seems to ring a bell with me.
Cool. That IS the real McCoy, is it not? Or, at least part of it, but is the boiler still mostly original too?
Mark D.


I was allowed into the cab ... back in 1983. Times have changed!

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