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Re: [OM] Union Pacific "Big Boy"

Subject: Re: [OM] Union Pacific "Big Boy"
From: Bill Pearce <billpearce@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 1 Aug 2019 00:51:38 -0400 (EDT)
The UP was reluctant to convert its steam locos to oil, because hauling coal 
was an important part of their business. 

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From: "Moose" <olymoose@xxxxxxxxx> 
To: olympus@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 
Sent: Thursday, August 1, 2019 12:34:21 AM 
Subject: Re: [OM] Union Pacific "Big Boy" 

On 7/31/2019 6:18 PM, Bill Pearce wrote: 
> 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. 

Lets see if I can find it, ah, saith Wikipedia: 

"In August 2016, UP officials announced that restoration work on No. 4014 had 
begun . . . One of the most crucial tasks 
was converting the coal-burning locomotive to run on No. 5 fuel oil, which was 
performed by replacing the firebox grates 
with a fire pan and an oil burner. The only other Big Boy so converted was No. 
4005, which ran on oil from 1946 until it 
was converted back to coal in 1948 due to uneven heating in its large, 
single-burner firebox." 

Steamy Moose 

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