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Got to go up and check out the Northern Pacific Museum last week in Toppenish,Wa... What a nice place and a great bunch of folks...They had so much cool stuff to see, and i really went there to see the S-4 ten wheeler they are restoring to run the rails again..I asked the gal working if i could see the S-4, and she said " I'm sorry but the shop guy is not in today yet..I said no big deal and thanks anyways, so we checked everything out and we left the station to go get some food and leave.. While eating, this guy walks in and says, you all the folks wanting to see the S-4? and i said, yup!! He said, come on over to the shop and check her out, go to the shop entrance, i left it open for you guys..So we go in and check out the awesome hard work they doing, and bullcrapped about old trains for hours and hours with the shop manager, he even gave us some cold soda's out of a old water style cooling coke machine..What a awesome time!! if ever in the area, must see for rail fans..Like a place stuck in time. Mite even join up. " need to get my stang going so i can park it out front of the station" ;) I am boggled they took the time to chase me down at the restraunt so i could see it, and happy they did , I donated and will be back.

 

 

The S-4 going to be restored and run around the station till everything seems fine, then they said they hope to make runs even up stampede pass with her, made in 1902, i have never seen a S-4 run" only seen them behind fences rusting"

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Thanks for the tip. I'll have to check it out when I'm in the area sometime. My father-in-law was an engineer for Great Northern, which became part of Burlington Northern, and my son is an engineer for Burlington Northern.

 

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Very cool, thanks for passing it on. Most train stations appear to have this "permanence" about them with the liberal use of stone, brick and concrete. We're planning a wine tasting weekend in that area to stock up on the local wines, I'll put the Museum on our stop list.

Jim

 

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Cool pics, I'll have to make a trip there.

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That is cool. Thanks for posting.

 

I worked as a switchman, brakeman, conductor and yard hostler pilot for the Burlington Northern in OK, TX, NE, SD and WY. Interesting job. Got to work the famed "Crawford Hill" in NE Nebraska quite a few times. Ran a ton of low-sulfur coal trains through there.

 

Just before I left that career they were merging with Santa Fe Railroad to become what is now BNSF.

 

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I'm not really a railroad fan but here's a small piece of what I work with for a living.

:)


Dang, the pic is upside down. Stupid phone.

Anyway, you get the idea. :)

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I'm not really a railroad fan but here's a small piece of what I work with for a living.

:)


Dang, the pic is upside down. Stupid phone.

Anyway, you get the idea. :)

I thought you were a MB mechanic?

Let me check your shorts!

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Hey Mike - flipped it for ya.

 

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I was born a little bit late to fully enjoy what the Pittsburgh/Western PA area once had in the way of rail transportation. I grew up right next to the Conemaugh line of the PRR/Conrail on the Allegheny River, so I couldn't really escape it if I tried. Our coal and steel heritage lent itself to rails everywhere around here. Now, I can only see the remnants of what once was. One of the old GPS units that we had at work showed all of the short lines that hauled coal from the tiniest of mines, and lemme tell ya there were a lot of them.

Assembling in my mind how this place used to function, and all of the mechanical monsters that used to rule it, has always been interesting to me.

Most of the short lines have been converted (or are in the process) into Rails-to Trails bike paths.

Kind of depressing in a way, knowing that I won't ever get a shot at witnessing history first hand.

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I thought you were a MB mechanic?

 

Oh, wow, thanks but I would ruin their reputation within 2 days so you could buy them for half a slice of bread. :)


Hey Mike - flipped it for ya.

 

 

 

Ray

 

Thanks Ray!!

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My first job out of college was working for a fraternity. Our HQ was an old train station. It was a cool place to have your first office

 

 

 

 

Awesome old station:)


Was at the old Pasco round house and old computerized Hump Yard, checking out some modern and old power, neat too see the old Burlington Northerns still working the yards and many more.

 

Back when my friend worked there, they still used the round house table, i was told by a BNSF employee that he turns the motors in it once and a while, but it needs to be fixed before it is full service again, i was quite amazing i could still see all the tracks where the steam trains use to park in the round house, I asked them to tell BNSF to rebuild the round house and fill it full fo steamers, He joked and said.." I am on it!! lol

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I love old trains and thank you for posting the pics and letting us know how nice the guys were over there.

 

I remember when I was young going to a friends house and setting up layouts of steam engines and watching them go and dreaming of running them.

 

then when older a bunch of us would meet after high school on a friday and take our motorcycles and bring supplys and camp near the railroad for the weekend and barbecue and watch the trains go by

 

One of the group became an engineer , worked in Chicago , Louisiana , then Texas

 

 

One of my favorite engines was the Streamlined Hudson and The Big Boy which I guess was the biggest steamer produced , any train guys on the forum know if either of these still exist?

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One of my favorite engines was the Streamlined Hudson and The Big Boy which I guess was the biggest steamer produced , any train guys on the forum know if either of these still exist?

 

The streamlined and probably fastest steamer ever made, the 611 is back on the rail and made UP break out the big guns!!

611 firing up for the first time this year, and is now halling passangers again

 

UP is getting a big boy runing again because of the big excitment in the steam world right now, it should be on the rails in a year or 2 at the lastest, i cannot wait, it will be the biggest on the rails again.

 

Now the biggest steam engine made " little known" was called the catipillar loco or the 2-8-8-8-2 "Triplex". was the most powerfull steamer ever built..but due to so many cil's it would eat up the steam before it could get going fast...they used it for pushing big coal trains up a pass, in the end, they tore it apart and turned it into 2 trains...Considering a big boy wheel arangement was 4-8-8-4,,,The triplex was a insaine 2-8-8-8-2..lol

 

http://karenparker.net/PMimages/Eerie-9999.jpg you can see the extra drivers behind the locomotive in this pic.lol


here is the big boy heading home to be restored again, never did i think a big boy would run again on the rails, i'm sure glad i was wrong!! Amazing time for old steam in USA right now.
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Thank you for posting the videos and how wonderful they survived and 2 are set to run again,

 

In NY we has a few streamliners but in NY's infinite wisdom they were of coarse scrapped instead of donated to a museum.

 

Ya, and i understand to a point, a lot of money in steel locked up in a old steamer they don't use anymore..But like a old building they tear down, once it is gone, it is gone!! and a shame..Like Northern Pacific, it had the mighty yellowstone locomotives " all scrapped" Even the famous Northern 4-8-4's " run by alot of steam locomotives to this day" Not one of Northern Pacifics 4-8-4's survived the scrapper.

 

Picture of one of the massive yellowstone locomotive's below. she was pretty much the size of a big boy, bit older thou.

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Neat. Something my Dad probably would have liked. He retired from the UP shortly before he was diagnosed. I still have a bunch of UP/CNW stuff of his.

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Neat. Something my Dad probably would have liked. He retired from the UP shortly before he was diagnosed. I still have a bunch of UP/CNW stuff of his.

 

Same here Totalled, I still got alot of my grampa's tools, i come to find out " maybe why i got the train bug a little" my grampa worked for Northern Pacific, Union Pacific, and Hanford D.O.E railroad..I did not know he worked for UP till i started runing into his old UP tools and such. This old Pick axe i used it around the house to break up dirt and stuff for years and years. i never new till i looked closer that it was a UP pick axe..lol

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