Showing posts with label steam locomotive. Show all posts
Showing posts with label steam locomotive. Show all posts

Saturday, September 20, 2014

From the wonderful and amazing photoshopping colorization artist Patty Allison and

East Side peddler, New York,

Famous photo of Link's works about the last of the steam locomotives in the early 1950's

on the bottom left appears to be a Checker Model A in blue and white.

Circa 1906. Engine, Mount Washington Railway, White Mountains, New Hampshire

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Unusual locomotive design

A rare picture of the second Fontaine, shown here arriving at St Thomas, Ontario, Canada, in July 1881, for trails on the Canada Southern Railroad. Engineer Ike Deyell stands in the gangway, whileFireman George Westfall is leaning from the cab.
 From A Locomotive Engineer's Album
 George B Abdill 1965

The cylinders were 17 x 24 in, the wheelbase was 23 ft 4 in, and the total heating surface (firebox + tubes) was 1033.5 sq ft. Total weight was 82,000 lb.
 (Info from Scientific American Supplement, 5th November 1881

Found on

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Wow... amazing collection of steam locomotives on ?parade? and exhibition run? Thanks to Marcin in Poland for all the links and photos!

Picture found on

Marcin emailed me:
Sorry do not speak fluent English, so I use the google translator. always with great interest I follow your blog. Here you can find more about these parades

Skip the first 2 minutes and get right to the good stuff!,4/

One place you can watch the locomotives is Chabówka

 greetings from Poland!

 Marcin Kozik

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Shay drive design of gear driven steam locomotive

images from thanks to Jeff!

Before yesterday, I did not even know there were other types of steam engines for locomotives!

A day or so ago I came across this photo of a 60 years hard used old train

the V twin gear driven Heisler design steam locomotive

Images found on thanks to Jeff!

Friday, June 27, 2014

wow, those drive wheels

Camden et Amboy railways, 1850

Found on

That's a Crampton locomotive...the idea was to put the drive wheels behind the firebox so the builder could use larger wheels, and lower the center of gravity. (thanks to Jeff F)

Friday, May 23, 2014

Union Pacific brings one home for refurbishment and restoration, #4014, one of the giants of trains "#4014 return home 2014)

The plan is to have the #4014 Big Boy lead special excursions across the Great West by 2019 for the 150th anniversary of the driving of the Golden Spike in Utah which marked the link between the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific to create the first transcontinental railroad.

Thanks to Case for letting me know about this video!

The other cars in this are heritage fleet support cars, and here's a link  that gives some info about the "Howard Fogg"

The Howard Fogg is Union Pacific’s last boiler car. It was built in 1949 by American Car and Foundry as baggage-dormitory No. 6006.

 The Howard Fogg was converted to boiler-baggage-dorm No. 304 in 1962.
 The car was converted to boiler-dorm-HEP (Head End Power) in 2000.
 It was renumbered again in 1987 to No. 209 and assigned to the Heritage Fleet in 1990.

In 1996, it was renamed Howard Fogg after the passing of the renowned railroad artist.

 The Howard Fogg still has a steam generator on board to provide steam if maintenance is required while locomotives No. 844 and No. 3985 are on the road. The car has been outfitted with an electric generator

The Art Lockmann was built in 1962 by the St. Louis Car Company as baggage car No. 6334. It was one of the last baggage cars purchased by Union Pacific.

The car was converted to a tool car for snowplow service and renumbered No. 904304 in 1973.
It was assigned to the Heritage Fleet in 1981.

 The car was named Art Lockman in 1992 and was renumbered UPP 6334 in 2003. The Art Lockman is a rolling “machine shop”. It carries tools, parts, machines, lubricants and numerous other items to maintain and repair the steam locomotives while on trips. The car also has a crew lounge area, locker room and laundry area.

Mr. Lockman retired as roundhouse foreman in Cheyenne, Wyoming, after working 43 years for Union Pacific. He is a well-known former employee who is still admired for his knowledge of steam locomotive maintenance and operation.

The Lynn Nystrom was built in 1957 by American Car & Foundry as postal storage car No. 5714. It was rebuilt as a baggage/recreation car for ski train service between Los Angeles, California; Sun Valley, Idaho; and Park City, Utah.

The car was renamed the Pony Express in 1993 to commemorate a Union Pacific train of the same name that ran between Denver, Colorado, and Salt Lake City, Utah, from August 1926 to November 1954.

And this is very cool, someone drove alongside for a while and paced it on the highway

You may even want to see the local tv station coverage:

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

the 4014 Union Pacific Big Boy heading for an overhaul! (will be in Las Vegas tonight, and on Wednesday April 30th)

I bet this is the first time in decades a Big Boy has been on the rails across country

Thanks Steve!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Bonhams is auctioning off the estate of Dr Cox, it seems he had a lot of stuff at an aviation museum, plus a train, cars, fire trucks, etc






Conestoga wagon

Fatman sales display

Model T accessories and parts

a B-17 engine

See all the cool stuff at

The Dr. Ralph W.E. Cox Jr. estate sale will take place on Saturday, May 10, at the Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum in Cape May, New Jersey, the very site where Cox’s collection was on public display between 1961 and 1964