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by Mark D
Fri Jun 28, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I Might go to SPUD to see 4014 After All
Replies: 5
Views: 318

Re: I Might go to SPUD to see 4014 After All

If light rail stopped at 1007 E. 14th street maybe we could do that. But I think that's a pretty long shot since I haven't seen any tracks anywhere around that area. :-)

Mark D.
by Mark D
Thu Jun 27, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I Might go to SPUD to see 4014 After All
Replies: 5
Views: 318

Re: I Might go to SPUD to see 4014 After All

It will all depend on Metro Mobility.
Mark D.
by Mark D
Wed Jun 26, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I Might go to SPUD to see 4014 After All
Replies: 5
Views: 318

I Might go to SPUD to see 4014 After All

Not for sure, but a new idea cam into my head, via a cousin of mine. My cousin and I visited my brother who suffered a massive brain injury a few years ago from slipping on ice while he was paying more attention to his IPhone. He is starting to come around now, finally. A couple years ago a brother ...
by Mark D
Wed Jun 26, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Choo-Choo time in Minnesota Last Weekend
Replies: 6
Views: 442

Re: Choo-Choo time in Minnesota Last Weekend

Fitz, I also was wondering the same thing about how in the heck did he get hooked into it. I don't have a clue. Robert, I had forgotten all about that. I can't even bring up a picture in my mind. Must not have been very high on my list of things to do that day. I might have figured that he belonged ...
by Mark D
Mon Jun 24, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Choo-Choo time in Minnesota Last Weekend
Replies: 6
Views: 442

Choo-Choo time in Minnesota Last Weekend

All went well save for not getting any sleep. Pretty much I just kept on running 24 hrs. 'till I got home last night. I did accidentally nod off sometime around 2:00 AM Sunday morning. That meant I had to fix my fire again. But that was to no real avail because about an hour later I suddenly had a b...
by Mark D
Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 4014's Return And "The Circus That Wasn't"
Replies: 6
Views: 574

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

Tony, do you know anyone who owns an airplane? If so, you might be able to con him into following the 4014 from the Cities to Duluth, getting all sorts of aerial shots, no traffic, nobody getting into your shots, etc. If I still had an airplane (they cost a lot to maintain) I would definitely do it,...
by Mark D
Thu Jun 20, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Big Boy IS going to Duluth this July
Replies: 31
Views: 1530

Re: Big Boy IS going to Duluth this July

Where to park? No clue. Although I've been there at Christmas time probably five times now, we got special cards to park up behind the Santa village. There is a lot of parking down just off the main drag, East Kellogg Blvd. You go in, take a ticket, park your car and give the ticket to either the ma...
by Mark D
Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Big Boy IS going to Duluth this July
Replies: 31
Views: 1530

Re: Big Boy IS going to Duluth this July

Yep, it makes lots of sense. Unfortunately non revenue trains interloping on someone else's rails gets to go when the dispatcher says they can go. I've seen that all too often with trips on the 261. Sometimes you go right away, other times you might wait several hours and other times somewhere in be...
by Mark D
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Big Boy IS going to Duluth this July
Replies: 31
Views: 1530

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: 31
Views: 1530

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: 31
Views: 1530

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: 6
Views: 574

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.
Mark D.
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: 351

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: 351

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: 31
Views: 1530

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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