Rail roads and their tracks.

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From the UP BIG boy club email


Union Pacific Steam Club Update No. 23 - April 28, 2022
UP Steam

We're pleased to announce that we have donated a small portion of our heritage fleet to the non-profit Railroading Heritage of Midwest America (RRHMA). The donation allows Union Pacific to focus on our remaining fleet, which includes the world's largest steam locomotive, the Big Boy UP 4014, and the fastest, the Living Legend UP 844.

The donation includes the following equipment from Union Pacific's Steam Shop in Cheyenne, Wyoming:

  • 4-6-6-4 Challenger UP 3985
  • Class TTT 2-10-2 UP 5511
  • The Centennial UP 6936
  • E9B passenger locomotive shell
  • Four 1950s coach cars
  • Diner-Lounge car
  • Baggage car
  • Caboose
  • Two business cars: the Selma, previously Western Pacific's Feather River, and the Stanford, originally the 1928 Southern Pacific Sunset

"Union Pacific is proud to be the only Class I railroad with steam locomotives on its roster, part of the finest heritage fleet in the world," said Scott Moore, senior vice president – Corporate Relations and chief administrative officer. "We are pleased with RRHMA's plans to restore the donated equipment for the public to enjoy. Union Pacific remains dedicated to the maintenance and operation of our remaining heritage fleet, including hosting future tours and sharing UP 4014 and UP 844 with the rail community."

Union Pacific will move the equipment to RRHMA's shop in Silvis, Illinois, later this year. RRHMA plans a multi-year, multi-million-dollar restoration of the equipment, including restoring the steam locomotives to operating condition.

"The RRHMA is a wonderful home for this historic equipment," said Ed Dickens, steam locomotive engineer and Steam Program manager. "Railfans will look forward to seeing UP 3985 and UP 5511 return to the rails, as well as enjoy the opportunity to experience the various cars being donated."

More information about moving these locomotives from Cheyenne to Silvis, Illinois will come later. As always, we'll keep Steam Club members updated.

West Coast Steam Tour

Planning continues for the Big Boy UP 4014's "West Coast Steam Tour" continues. We don't have updated dates yet, but when we do, Steam Club members will be the first to know!

That's all for now. Until next time, stay safe!

Union Pacific Steam Club
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Here is a nice video of a contractor laying ribbon rail down on a BNSF main line. When I worked along a main-line we had a steel gang come through doing this very same job. The whole crew worked for BNSF and lived on the train while working there. Also see the ribbon rail cars passing through town as seen in the video. This little town seen a complete train pass threw every 20 minutes or so.
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I first noticed ribbon rail several years back when they were replacing old track on a line between going into Lafayette, IN. I was watching a system similar to that video, and they were just driving along letting it droop off the back of the train like that. That's when I realized just how flexible that stuff is.

Also, about 20 years ago, they came through on the lines near our house and removed all of the plates between the sections of rails and welded them all together. That was a neat project to watch. The noises, grinding, sparks, and lights from the welding, all at night, was pretty cool.

But, alas, no more clickety-clack sounds from trains with continuous track.

The last train that had that sound here was the South Shore interurban that goes to Chicago. On damp, cool nights, you'd hear the train horn in the distance, then see the light coming down the track, then hear the clickety-clack of the wheels going over the joints, and you'd see the electric arc flashes as the pantograph bounced on the cantenary wires. Pretty cool, as the train was usually going 70mph. Big blue-green flashes, more visible as it was passing and going away than when it was coming towards you.

Here's a video of something similar on another part of the world...

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Hamlet, Indiana April 30, 2022

A Wisconsin And Southern loco has been used there for years. Don't know any details.

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Maybe as a switcher to push/pull rail cars onto their sidings?
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Yes. That's what it's used for. Just don't know who owns it. It might be owned by the Starke County Co-op or it might be Chicago, Ft. Wayne and Eastern. It's been there for what seems like 10-15 years. It is used, as it's in good shape. The only times I get over there are passing through just to look at it, or a friend of mine's family funerals.
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There are several grain elevators around us that have their own locos for moving cars around. Usually, they're small. That one, and one two towns south of us are not small. Grain elevator to our west has a small one ( tried to get photos of it, but it's always around the corner). A steel scrap yard near us has a small one, too.
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Maybe they got it cheap since its a typical loco and never repainted/rebadged it? Could have possibly been donated or a gift ?