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Union Pacific Big Boy

Postby 1 tt guy » Fri Aug 14, 2009 2:04 am

As the title says, the Union Pacific Big Boy

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Re: Union Pacific Big Boy

Postby AstroGoat760 » Tue Sep 08, 2009 7:40 pm

I have this on VHS, as well as "Last of the Giants", also a great film about the 4000 class.

I started digging through my older issues of Trains Magazine, and I found several articles about the 4000 class when they were announced, built, delivered, and when the 2nd batch was announced.

So far, I have only seen #4012 (Steamtown Museum, Scranton, PA), but there are 8 (out of 25) remaining.

Definitely would be worth seeing in person, all of them.
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Re: Union Pacific Big Boy

Postby AstroGoat760 » Sat Sep 26, 2009 11:14 pm

If you like the Big Boy, I would recommend that you watch the film "Last of the Giants", which covers the history of the 4000 class 4-8-8-4s, and also touches on the 4-6-6-4s and the 9000 class 4-12-2, which only the UP owned, hence the name "Union Pacific Class".
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Re: Union Pacific Big Boy

Postby AstroGoat760 » Sun Oct 18, 2009 9:59 pm

Here are some ideal photos for TTnut.com, photos of Zeke on and around the 4012, the Big Boy sitting in Steamtown, in Scranton, PA.

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Re: Union Pacific Big Boy

Postby ConducTTor » Sun Oct 18, 2009 10:12 pm

I need to see that loco in real life. It looks SO immense!
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Re: Union Pacific Big Boy

Postby AstroGoat760 » Sun Oct 18, 2009 10:21 pm

They have the big boy parked behind a little 0-4-0 that is one of the smallest standard gauge steam locos ever built.

Of course a TT scale engine being used to compare the size differences is a little different.

I have lots of photos of Zeke in, on, and around a lot of engines at Steamtown, and needs to be pulled apart and cleaned due to some grease from photos on CP #2317 (one of the active engines there) working it's way into the gearing. The grease is not the issue, the coal dust and soot that was in it is. When I round most of the Zeke/Steamtown photos up, I will post them.
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Re: Union Pacific Big Boy

Postby AstroGoat760 » Mon Oct 19, 2009 5:15 pm

Here are some more photos of the 4012 at Steamtown USA.
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Re: Union Pacific Big Boy

Postby Arseny » Mon Oct 19, 2009 6:10 pm

Great loco!

Somebody told me that HP produced Big Boy in TT. Is it true? Does any photos exist?
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Re: Union Pacific Big Boy

Postby AstroGoat760 » Mon Oct 19, 2009 6:25 pm

The biggest engine that HP products made, at least according to what I have been able to find, was a 2-8-8-2.
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The engine is on Gary Raabe's TT layout, the Santa Fe, Prescott, and Arizona RR.

The HP 2-8-8-2 is on the closest track, facing a HP products 4-4-2.
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Re: Union Pacific Big Boy

Postby AstroGoat760 » Mon Oct 19, 2009 6:27 pm

One thing that I should have done in bring my HO model of #4005, and put it on the driving rods for comparison!
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