Category Archives: Steam engine powered photos
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The final outcome certainly could have been far worse, had it not stopped where it did. You can see the crew setting up cribbing to secure the engine in preparation for it’s being rerailed. It was steam related posts, both on rails and off, previously on The Old Motor. Original photo by Everett L. DeGolyer, Jr. courtesy of SMU Central University Library. Take a moment to view the tragic 1895 Train Wreck at Montparnasse Station.and on to have a , in and , on , . You can view thirty more pages of
For a little out of the ordinary entertainment this weekend, we have decided to feature the legendary Union Pacific Railroad Big Boy locomotive. To learn more about these extraordinary powerhouses, view the video above that first shows the capable Challenger series, the design and construction of which started in 1934.
The coverage next turns to the reasons behind the need, development, and construction of the 1.2 million pound super-locomotive, Big Boy, that was first delivered in 1941. When finished, one could move a seven and a half million pound train all by itself over the formidable Wasatch Range in Utah. The ground pounding behemoths are shown hard at work at speeds up to 70 MPH in the video that was produced from excellent quality color film.
The eight locomotives which have survived out of the twenty-five that were built have been silent since being put out to pasture in the early sixties. Just recently, the Union Pacific Railroad was able to reacquire Big Boy No. 4014 which brings us to the reason for the series of videos below. Linked together, they allow us to watch just how the railroad is going about the inspection, repair and lubrication of the running gear so that it can be safely moved from the Rail Giants Train Museum in Pomona, California, to the railroad’s shops in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Follow along as Ed Dickens, Senior Manager of Heritage Operations, explains and shows much of the work needing to be done by the steam crew before it’s long trip back home.
Once back at the UP steam shops, it will undergo a restoration that is slated to take somewhere between three to five years to accomplish. More information can be found on the Union Pacific site dedicated to this engine and the change of ownership.
There had never been anything like it before when the prototype rolled out of the Amoskeag works in 1865. The horse-drawn equipment the Manchester, New Hampshire-based company had been producing since 1859 had developed a great reputation, but the apparatus like the one pictured revolutionized fire fighting. It was the first practical U.S.-built self-propelled pumper and it rapidly proved itself. Although only twenty-two were produced between 1867 and 1908, their performance on the road and at fire scenes became legendary.While the earliest examples could only manage 10 miles per hour, Hartford, Connecticut’s famous Jumbo could reach 25, almost twice the pace of contemporary horse drawn equipment. It could pump water at a maximum rate of 1,800 gallons per minute and throw a horizontal stream 340 feet through 50 feet of hose.
This smaller unit, purchased by the Boston Fire Department in 1897, was their second. They had acquired their first one after it had provided exemplary service in The Great Fire of 1872 which destroyed 767 buildings in 24 hours in the old city.Vancouver, British Colombia in Canada took delivery of the very last example produced in 1908. It remained in active service there until 1940. You’ll find many more pages of steam-related posts on The Old Motor. Photos are courtesy of the Leslie Jones Collection at the Boston Public Library.