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Re: [OM] Union Pacific "Big Boy"

Subject: Re: [OM] Union Pacific "Big Boy"
From: Bill Pearce <billpearce@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2019 21:18:09 -0400 (EDT)
Most steam locos ran out of water well before coal or oil. I don't know what 
the UP did, but it would not surprise me that it was converted to oil burning. 
In any event the loco will require special care with an additive when adding 
water. They fill the tender at most stops with a fire truck from the city water 
mains. City water has a too high oxygen content and is bad for the ininards. 
and these excursion trains always have a big diesel just behind the tenders in 
case it's needed to pull, and to provide dynamic braking as needed. And getting 
to see it will require travel as it is very limited in where it can go because 
of it's size. 

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From: "john hudson" <om4t@xxxxxxxxxxx> 
To: "Olympus Camera Discussion" <olympus@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> 
Sent: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 7:20:42 PM 
Subject: Re: [OM] Union Pacific "Big Boy" 

Does anyone have any idea of how far this engine and its fleet of loaded wagons 
could travel before being re-fueled with more coal and water ? 

jh 
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On 07/30/19 10:51 PM, DZDub <jdubikins@xxxxxxxxx> wrote: 
> 
> I'm not really a railroad guy (though I should probably be because my 
> grandfather and great-grandfather worked for and lived near the railroad), 
> but I had the chance to take a short drive to see the one working example 
> of Union Pacific's "Big Boy" steam engine as it arrived in Wheatland, Iowa, 
> today and then headed west after a brief rest. 
> 
> The engines were built by the American Locomotive Company of New York in 
> the early 1940's for service in the northwest United States, transporting 
> stuff through the mountains. 
> 
> http://zone-10.com/tope2/main.php?g2_itemId=23341 
> 
> Wikipedia has a good article on this locomotive. Makes me a bit wistful. 
> 
> E-5 + P-L 14-150. 
> 
> Joel W. 
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