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I have seen 4006 many times, considering the fact i live literally 3 miles from it's current residence here in St. Louis. Anyhow, since we are on the topic of steam locomotives, I thought i'd share some of my photos of steam trains that have rolled through St. Louis.

 

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NKP 765, Maintained by Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society in Indiana. September 2012

 

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Union Pacific 844, Maintained by the Union Pacific Steam Program based in Cheyenne. June 2011

 

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Union Pacific 3985, the closest relative to the Big Boy, maintained by the Union Pacific Steam Program based in Cheyenne, June 2010

 

To see any of the steam locomotives in person, check to see if their running near you on their respective websites:

http://fwrhs.org/

http://upsteam.com/

 

 

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biggest and best steam locomotive in the world, the Up 4006 big boy, a 4-8-8-4 steam locomotive, capible of pulling fully loaded trains 1 mile long without help.

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@blue

 

actually i think the ICE is faster, they got it up to 300-400 KPH, but i dont think either of them compairs to the japanese bullet train XD

Their limit is 320kph, so they can go just as fast as TGVs, but they rarely do for regular passenger service.

 

Also, at the Miniature Wunderland in Hamburg, I saw their Amerika setup:

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Just looking at a double-header Big Boy setup is about as American as it gets.

It's like tasting British roast beef by saying the name "George Gilbert Scott" aloud.

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This almost looks looks like a scene out of Thomas the Tank Engine.

Does anypony else love classic British railways? I can't get enough of them....

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I love steam locomotives. There's nothing more representative of the industrial revolution that the sight of those colossal, iron beasts with their massive boilers - pistons churning and smoke spewing.

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This almost looks looks like a scene out of Thomas the Tank Engine.

 

Does anypony else love classic British railways? I can't get enough of them....

I can see why you thought of thomas when you saw this. City of Truro actually has been on thomas the tank engine before which is funny how you brought this up. (maybe returning home? :3)

 

British steam locomotives are very beautiful, but at the same time I prefer american steamers simply because i believe there is more variety, and they are simply massive (standing next to one, you'd understand why native americans thought they were fire breathing monsters)

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I see your 4-8-8-4 "Big Boy" and I raise you this:

 

 

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This is the UP 6936 DD40X. The brother of the "Big Boy"

 

 

And this being my personal favorite:

 

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Old trains are cool, but steam engines are better....nothing can be the industrial revolution....In fact I am turning out LP tank into a decorative steam engine (while being functional). 

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I see your 4-8-8-4 "Big Boy" and I raise you this:

 

 

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This is the UP 6936 DD40X. The brother of the "Big Boy"

 

 

And this being my personal favorite:

 

img-1379805-2-amt707eL.jpgThe Amtrak Genesis. A very cool looking train in my opinion.

 

steam locomotives are better than anything out there, id prefer a big boy over the DD-40, seeing as how there are more big boys than DD-40s x3

 

but i take that and raise you, i got to drive a desiel, and saw one of the DD-40Ax's up close

 

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the locomotive i got to operate was a switcher, but they did have a couple of F-7's from the western pacific and even a GP-9 from the southern pacific.

 

hers the DD-40 

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heres the GP-9

 

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this was about 7-8 mnonths ago, and it was a blast, hoping to do it again this year, and hopefully get to operate the GP-9 road loco.

 

 

then on that same trip heres some other pictures 

 

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and one of my local commuter desiel x3

 

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I love the steam locomotives. The "Big Boy" and the "Challenger" are 2 of my favorites. I also have many favorite diesel locomotives too. I haven't had the pleasure to see one up close but I know i'd love too.

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NO NO NO WAIT *train crash*

 

but yeah, i happen to love a god locomotive as much s the next guy

 

i used to go to the train fairs when i was little

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Haha- I like two trains:

 

1) The Polar Express

 

2) ASDF Mov Train boy

 

The first one is a classic and the second one is just plain hilarious.

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This was my childhood, right here. Thomas the Tank Engine was the best thing evar.

 

I love the Polar Express, as well. It was just an instant classic, and I still simply love the music. It's my favourite Christmas... well, anything.

 

Also, my dorm is right next to the train tracks. They lie only about 20 feet away from the building, and it shakes every night when a train passes. It's almost comforting.

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God, theres nothing like the sound of an EMD powerplant under full throttle. The old F units and GP-9's sound rather fantastic.

And the old ALCOS as well. Best noise in the world. Shame there's not really many first gen diesels in service anymore.

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God, theres nothing like the sound of an EMD powerplant under full throttle. The old F units and GP-9's sound rather fantastic.

 

And the old ALCOS as well. Best noise in the world. Shame there's not really many first gen diesels in service anymore.

well, with only one mile of track you cant put it to full power, but still, it was very fun to be able to drive one of those locomotives.....in all honesty, i think that switcher WAS and EMD....i cant remember...

 

wait here it is, its a EMD/general motors TR-6A switcher quincy railroad 1100 "little lulu."

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I remember when a couple years ago The Royal Hudson stopped in Maple Ridge.

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In 1939 King George the IVth toured Canada with No. 2850 carrying him from Montreal to Vancouver without replacement or needing maintenance, and as a commendation of its service, allowed it to be officially named "Royal" and the specific engine to bear the royal Coat of Arms. It's been preserved by Canadian Pacific and kept in working order ever since, occasionally doing tours and excursions, most recently in 2010. You can see the Royal plaque on the running plate above the cylinder.

 

She currently lives in a museum in Squamish, north of Vancouver and Horseshoe Bay.

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Diseasels! So many diseasels! Im mostly a steam guy so diesels are not my cup of tea on a sunday. So many diseasels, theyre everywhere....

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I'm surprised no one has said it yet.

It needs to be said so badly.

So I will take up the cross for everyone else. 

 

"I hate trains." -Francis (Left 4 Dead).

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This is definately where my liking of trains stemmed from:

 

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Loved this show so much when I was young! I would watch it all day every day from when I was 5-8 ish :)

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Diseasels! So many diseasels! Im mostly a steam guy so diesels are not my cup of tea on a sunday. So many diseasels, theyre everywhere....

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diseals are best trains after all :D plus the GP-9 looks freaking sweet, 

 

though i will say, southern pacific had the coolest looking locomotives

 

like the 4-8-8-2 cab forward

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and my personal favorite the 4449 daylight

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Just a quick reminder that May 11 is National Train Day in the United States. Train Day is usually celebrated the weekend closest to May 10, which also is the date when the transcontinental was completed in 1869. Feel free to go to a lical train station or transportation museum to celebrate americas railroad heritage. Dont be afraid to go "Locomotive"

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144 years ago today at Promontory Summit, Utah, America was finally linked together with a railroad line. Now that the country was linked together with a transcontinental railroad, travel time between the east and west coast was dramatically reduced from 6 months to just under two weeks! Not only did it make travel easier, it lowered prices on many common items as the economy bgan to boom, all thanks to the railroads. 

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National train day! That's amazing! 
Just makes me wish the American railroads could be as vast as they once were. Seems highways basically annihilated the majority of passenger rail after the 60's. Kind of a shame. Though I do take Amtrak whenever possible

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I also have an appreciation of trains you could say. I did have one really bad experience on one a while back, but I still like them. Detour took way to long.

 

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ehh, the hogwarts express is okay, its just basically a repainted flying scotsman.

 

its a beautiful locomotive, but i prefer more american steam,, they just have power behind them.

 

Heresy!

(what a first word for a new member of the herd to type)

But to call a Great Western engine as a LNER one... 

Charles Collett will be spinning in his grave!

 

Hello all.   New here.

Having only three days ago discovered there was such a thing as a MLP train, I now own more than one such.

 

And then I went looking to see what comment there might be on this My Little Pony / Train fusion, which turned up this thread. 

Doing odd things with trains seems to be my thing.  I currently have a small Sylvanian Familes display railway under construction.PICT0004_opt.jpg

 

 

 

So I was keen to have a look at the MLP train and its engineering,  to see how it might developed  

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(Insert evil laugh here?)

I am somewhat the Dr Frankenstein of the model railway world, but "no ponies will be harmed in the course of..."

And there is certainly potential for doing one or two things to the set "as purchased" to produce something unique.

 

Cheers, 

Chris.

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144 years ago today at Promontory Summit, Utah, America was finally linked together with a railroad line. Now that the country was linked together with a transcontinental railroad, travel time between the east and west coast was dramatically reduced from 6 months to just under two weeks! Not only did it make travel easier, it lowered prices on many common items as the economy bgan to boom, all thanks to the railroads. 

guess what, i live in utah and got to see both locomotives, the jupiter and whatever the UP one was.......

 

in any case, recently in ogden utah, i got to see one of the locomotives ive wanted to see for a long long long long time

 

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I feel quite lucky now Im from England and we have this

 

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Mallard the fastest steam locomotive in the world. Well it was only 125.8mph but still considering it weighs more then 100tons and runs on coal and water thats still pretty quick.

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better than the mallard :3 what it is, the 4449 daylight just looks more awesome, and is definetly more powerful, at least to me.

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