News Wire: Big Boy's Great Midwest Tour: Duluth

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Posted by Brian Schmidt on Monday, July 22, 2019 2:03 PM

Follow along with Trains Editor Jim Wrinn in this fourth compilation video from Union Pacific Big Boy 4-8-8-4 No. 4014's Great Midwest Tour. This video focuses on Big Boy's trek through Minnesota on its way to Duluth, Minn.

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Posted by richg1998 on Monday, July 22, 2019 8:52 PM

Something you would rarely hear over the years. This is what I found in another forum from a former steam driver.


Having spent a lot of time in steam locomotive cabs as an engineer pilot during my WC days I can tell you it isn't much fun after the first hour or so. They ride rough, they are dirty, extremely noisey, and you constantly have to look out for dumb people on the track when moving and swarming all over when stopped. At the end of 12 hours you are exhausted and want to never see the thing again. But, for that first hour or's a dream come true. This is the reason many steam engineers never looked back when steam went away and they began to enjoy the comfort, cleanliness and quiet of diesels.

Foamers love it though. The action is interesting.


If you ever fall over in public, pick yourself up and say “sorry it’s been a while since I inhabited a body.” And just walk away.

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