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  • Blog Post: So where can a Big Boy go?

    Distinguished observers like to point out that Big Boys only ever operated in revenue service on the Union Pacific in select mountain areas, mostly Utah and Wyoming. It was what they were designed to do – all they ever did. A kind of logic dictates the original routings are the only ones Union...
  • Blog Post: Did the railroad club or the railroad get a good deal in Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014?

    Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014 is being worked on by Union Pacific crews to ready it for a ride to Cheyenne, Wyo., in the near future. Photo by Steve Sweeney. The Southern California Chapter of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society was the owner and custodian of Union Pacific Big Boy No...
  • Blog Post: Fighting the good fight on “I” Street

    Railroad preservation can be a pretty thankless pursuit, especially if you try to practice it on a grand scale. Americans are oblivious to our industrial and mechanical heritage anyway, except perhaps when it comes to warplanes and warships. When you throw in the challenges of collecting and interpreting...
  • Blog Post: Southern Railway 4501 is coming together at Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum

    Southern Railway 2-8-2 No. 4501 is coming along in the shop at Tenneesee Valley Railroad Museum. Note the feedwater heater apparatus in the smokebox and on top. [caption image="/cfs-file.ashx/__key/communityserver-blogs-components-weblogfiles/00-00-00-07-48/3386.DSC_5F00_2558.JPG" position="right" targeturl...
  • Blog Post: Looking for railroad history in Canada’s capital

    [caption image="/cfs-file.ashx/__key/communityserver-blogs-components-weblogfiles/00-00-00-07-48/1680.DSC_5F00_0713.JPG" position="right"]Canadian Pacific 4-8-4 No. 3100. Photo by Jim Wrinn [/caption]OTTAWA – Participants at this year’s Association of Railway Museums/Tourist Railway Association...
  • Blog Post: Looking for a future for the past with tourist railways and museums

    MONTREAL — I’m in Montreal this week for the annual joint conference of the Association of Railway Museums and Tourist Railway Association . It is a meeting that I always enjoy because of its seminars and field trips. I grew up in the 1960s and 1970s, when railway preservation was in its...