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10 minutes ago I was touching this UP 4-8-4

I'm still shaking, was the first time I got to see a steam engine so close. Got video of it leaving, was so loud.
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It's all fun and games until someone loses the Walnut.

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Impressive. Very lucky to be "up close and personal"

Reminds me of the days when steam was king. As you say, they can be loud, especially the steam whistles.

Growing up in the UK I remember the steam engines, and when I could catch a train to get to town - a whopping 2 miles away.

The days of the Flying Scotsman are long gone. This was a class of engine which was the first to reach over 100 mph.

Locally we have a tiny steam engine which runs for a couple of miles. Takes folks for rides.

http://www.kemptontrain.com/

I hear the whistle now and again.
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Looks Russian. Is it?
It looks like the one that was at the train museum outside of Huntly IL. It had a special width track, and was made for the Czar of Russia, but he never accepted it. We rode in it on a 5 mile run.
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" 10 minutes ago I was touching this UP 4-8-4"

What does that mean?

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Lucky man! One of the moments in your life where you get to tell yourself to stand still and be amazed by it.
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I think 4-8-4 is the wheel configuration of the engine. UP might be Union Pacific.

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" 10 minutes ago I was touching this UP 4-8-4"

What does that mean?

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Hi George - that's the wheel configuration/layout. 4 small up front, 8 large drive wheels and 4 small wheels at the back of the locomotive.

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That must have been a thrill. There is some info about that class loco here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Pacific_844

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Very cool!

Following the link that Dave gave, I see Thomas, Mavis, and a couple more of Thomas' friends...

Those big 4-8-4's were the last of the line haulers before diesel-electrics became the ruler's of the rails.

My only memory of steam engines comes from early childhood and Grandda taking me to see them at the NY Central station. All I really remember are these huge beasts bellowing steam and hissing.

If Woodworking is so much fun why isn't it called WoodFUNNING?

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I have more memory of the coat fired steam locomotives than I want.

I grew up in a house that was only one block (about 600 feet) from the Seaboard Airline main tracks.

It was hard to keep a clean house with the black dust all around.

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That is one gorgeous piece of machinery.

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The UP 844, which for a while was numbered 8444, is a the only steam locomotive to have never been retired and the wheel arrangement of 4-8-4 is called the Northern type. It pulled both freight and passenger but since it is was built in '44 it most likely never pulled the old Pullman coaches that used to be referred to as Varnish which where wonders in wood working as they were made to look like high end hotel lobbies. And that how I am connecting steam locomotives to wood working

Nice pictures and where did you see the engine?
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Oh, it was parked 150ft from my house on a siding waiting for a freight train to pass. I was sitting on my couch, heard the whistle blow, knew it was a steam engine, grabbed the phone and ran. The wheels are taller than me (72") it sat there for a good 20 min I would think, alot of locals started showing up, taking pics. It was beyond cool.

I got a video of it leaving, blowing the whistle, it was SO loud, ill see about uploading a video and posting it.

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I added more, and better pics.

It's all fun and games until someone loses the Walnut.
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Very nice and quite the day for you. Now I notice the Lone Star flag on the fire mans side front of the engine. Nice closeup of the Injector pump.
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Thats one of the coolest things ever.....
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Looks Russian. Is it?
It looks like the one that was at the train museum outside of Huntly IL. It had a special width track, and was made for the Czar of Russia, but he never accepted it. We rode in it on a 5 mile run.
That's in Union, IL.
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