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by Mark D
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Big Boy IS going to Duluth this July
Replies: 20
Views: 345

Re: Big Boy IS going to Duluth this July

In my opinion only, I think we would all rather have a colonoscopy before we'd go to all the toil and trouble to get it out there on the 'second main', next to the main. More truthfully, you have given me an idea. We might not have the engine outside somewhere - there are other tracks where we don't...
by Mark D
Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Big Boy IS going to Duluth this July
Replies: 20
Views: 345

Re: Big Boy IS going to Duluth this July

To me having seen 1218 run the 4014 really is just bigger. The big attraction for me in seeing these articulates is watching all the great machinery working and listening to the sounds. The front engine swinging back and forth through curves has to be seen. Then there are two sets of drivers rollin...
by Mark D
Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Big Boy IS going to Duluth this July
Replies: 20
Views: 345

Re: Big Boy IS going to Duluth this July

Fitz, you are 100% correct. But during my lifetime I've noticed the same thing in many types of machinery. Automatic screw machines for instance. Most people have never seen one in operation. In my automatic machining business, now gone because I decided to retire, are a case in point. And cars; not...
by Mark D
Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 4014's Return And "The Circus That Wasn't"
Replies: 3
Views: 64

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

I think you can count on some of that no matter where you go. That monster is a huge attraction.
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by Mark D
Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A Well Written Story of the Restoration of a Big Boy
Replies: 3
Views: 88

Re: A Well Written Story of the Restoration of a Big Boy

Well then, you will have been closer than I will ever get. I seriously doubt that I'm going to drive hundreds of miles just to see the thing. Yes, it's huge and a tribute to American ingenuity, but I can go and work on one that is about half the size of Big Boy any time I want to. And I actually sti...
by Mark D
Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A Well Written Story of the Restoration of a Big Boy
Replies: 3
Views: 88

A Well Written Story of the Restoration of a Big Boy

The title says it all. Popular Mechanics Magazine got their fair share of publicity with a well written article about the Big Boy. Yes, it was written for the average person who knows nothing about steam locomotives, or even railroad anything, if you read it, you will learn a few things. https://www...
by Mark D
Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Big Boy IS going to Duluth this July
Replies: 20
Views: 345

Re: Big Boy IS going to Duluth this July

I would rather make the drive to Duluth to see it than go to SPUD. And I just might make that trip.
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by Mark D
Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:05 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Big Boy IS going to Duluth this July
Replies: 20
Views: 345

Re: Big Boy IS going to Duluth this July

Minneapolis and St. Paul population is made up of people who are mostly train and especially railroading itself, illiterate. They mostly won't be in line waiting to see it close up. There will be some people, as you know, but I'm pretty sure you could get up close and intimate. Take lots of photo's ...
by Mark D
Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Norfolk Southern Wreck (video)
Replies: 2
Views: 95

Re: Norfolk Southern Wreck (video)

Good video. By the way, no need to apologize about not being steam - There is no rule in this forum that it has to be steam related. It is all railroad. Hand Cars, electric's, AMTRAK, anything goes. It has always been that way and it's only happenstance that it is mostly steam related. Mark D.
by Mark D
Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:42 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Big Boy IS going to Duluth this July
Replies: 20
Views: 345

Re: Big Boy IS going to Duluth this July

You might want to hire the Goodyear blimp and hover over it for a while. That's probably the only way to get within a mile of it. In truth, this is Minnesota, land of people who don't even know what a train is. You shouldn't have a problem, especially if you get there during the hours when most peop...
by Mark D
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ancient Diesel Arrived Twin Cities Yesterday
Replies: 5
Views: 153

Re: Ancient Diesel Arrived Twin Cities Yesterday

I got an inside look at that ancient diesel that now takes up storage space in the yard yesterday. What a mess! It's infested with rust and dirt and pealing paint everywhere inside. Looks great from the outside. It has electrical issues that cause the battery that starts the GM 8V-XX (I forget the c...
by Mark D
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ancient Diesel Arrived Twin Cities Yesterday
Replies: 5
Views: 153

Re: Ancient Diesel Arrived Twin Cities Yesterday

I just found out the real reason we haven't operated Milw. 261 only on the TC&W for the past few years. Had nothing at all to do with PTC. PTC is still not mandatory. It's all about insurance. When we were running to places like Duluth, Milwaukee, Chicago etc. it was with Amtrak insurance. And w...
by Mark D
Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Big Boy IS going to Duluth this July
Replies: 20
Views: 345

Re: Big Boy IS going to Duluth this July

I seriously doubt it will be running along the North Shore. Maybe, but I think they will park it near or at the museum - former Duluth depot. It's going to be very interesting when they try to wye the thing. Probably at the same place as 261 has had to wye and always got through it without having to...
by Mark D
Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Big Boy IS going to Duluth this July
Replies: 20
Views: 345

Big Boy IS going to Duluth this July

From Iowa, one day at St. Paul. Arrives Duluth Friday, 7/19. On dislay Saturday, Sunday 20, 21 July.
Duluth museum will also have their little thing running.
North Shore Track Services are working on the track...

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by Mark D
Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ancient Diesel Arrived Twin Cities Yesterday
Replies: 5
Views: 153

Re: Ancient Diesel Arrived Twin Cities Yesterday

The only thing I can see that might help out the Friends of 261 would be if it were able to be converted to PTC. But I don't see that happening. If it were able to be converted, and I'm not sure that it can be, then what's the point of the 261 operating trips? Might as well send it over to Jackson S...

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