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(Daily Mail)   Hah, you call that a locomotive? THIS is a locomotive   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 98
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2014-05-05 09:45:38 PM
 
2014-05-05 09:50:04 PM
I have the weirdest railfan boner right now.

RodneyToady: No way to slow down...


I have the weirdest best Jethro Tull song ever boner right now.

But THIS is a locomotive.   http://www.douglas-self.com/MUSEUM/LOCOLOCO/holman/holman.htm   I have the weirdest.... something.
 
2014-05-05 09:53:15 PM
That's not a locomotive, it's a spoon
 
2014-05-05 09:57:17 PM

ArkAngel: That's not a locomotive, it's a spoon


heh.  I see you've played locomotivey spooney before!
 
2014-05-05 11:12:06 PM

nekom: ArkAngel: That's not a locomotive, it's a spoon

heh.  I see you've played locomotivey spooney before!


You must realize the truth: there is no locomotive spoon.
 
2014-05-05 11:27:38 PM
Holy fark, I found my new dream job, "senior manager of heritage operations for the Union Pacific Railroad"
 
2014-05-06 12:18:39 AM
That's really awesome. Great find, subby.

1.2 million pounds, 6300 horsepower. Those things are an engineering  marvel.Just incredible.
 
2014-05-06 12:26:30 AM
Very cool. Until you have stood next to one, you just can't believe the size.
 
2014-05-06 01:41:49 AM
That thing has more tubes welded onto it than a two stage high bypass turbofan engine.
 
2014-05-06 02:13:35 AM

Marcus Aurelius: That thing has more tubes welded onto it than a two stage high bypass turbofan engine.


It's not a train, it's a series of tubes!
 
2014-05-06 03:30:45 AM
Yeah, that's pretty bad ass. If you designed/built that, you pretty much get your man card engraved in stone and launched into space.
 
2014-05-06 03:39:18 AM
they should make some cool steampunk modifications to it.
 
2014-05-06 03:58:22 AM
I really want to see it drive into a tunnel...for reasons...

/or between two big rocks
 
2014-05-06 04:05:21 AM

nekom: I have the weirdest railfan boner right now.

RodneyToady: No way to slow down...

I have the weirdest best Jethro Tull song ever boner right now.

But THIS is a locomotive.   http://www.douglas-self.com/MUSEUM/LOCOLOCO/holman/holman.htm   I have the weirdest.... something.


That really puts the loco in locomotive.

I spent a few days chasing this bastard around as a kid:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uF72x6Ns2Jg

My father used to chase steam locomotives like some dogs chase cars.  They can be truly awesome beasts.
 
2014-05-06 04:16:03 AM
Come on.
Come on.
Come on.

/old
 
2014-05-06 04:20:07 AM
The best part about living near the Union Pacific main line is that you get all the flattened pennies you want.
 
2014-05-06 04:31:59 AM
 
2014-05-06 04:36:39 AM
Steam locomotives are as fine of machines as a good watch.Just on a gigantic steam powered scale. They require precision, design, balance and workmanship so they work consistently with the least
waste of power and addition of weight.
 
2014-05-06 05:08:33 AM
gotta keep that coal industry turning over somehow, huh?
 
2014-05-06 05:31:01 AM

jsmilky: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkN4J2l1UaA


Come on. Swing your hips now.
 
2014-05-06 05:33:35 AM
I also would have accepted Little Eva
 
2014-05-06 05:35:06 AM
it's really unbelievable they are doing this. they have a challenger I thought I had heard they were planning on retiring. I know i'll never see it, but something like this is like a swiss watch. it's like when I went to the hoover dam. and I saw the tiled floors and I thought we used to be a bad ass country, I don't mean military, I mean we would go 110% on everything we made or did. why tile the floors, or make a locomotive the size of a steam ship. because we are America f*cko's that's what we did.
 
2014-05-06 05:47:03 AM

bigbobowski: it's really unbelievable they are doing this. they have a challenger I thought I had heard they were planning on retiring. I know i'll never see it, but something like this is like a swiss watch. it's like when I went to the hoover dam. and I saw the tiled floors and I thought we used to be a bad ass country, I don't mean military, I mean we would go 110% on everything we made or did. why tile the floors, or make a locomotive the size of a steam ship. because we are America f*cko's that's what we did.


^This^

Also, I was thinking, this was before everyone was wearing flag shirts.
 
2014-05-06 06:10:45 AM
This was news about a month ago, try to catch up fark.
 
2014-05-06 06:12:20 AM

uttertosh: gotta keep that coal industry turning over somehow, huh?


It's being converted to burn oil.
 
2014-05-06 06:46:12 AM
They smell nice.
 
2014-05-06 06:49:24 AM
It only reaches 80 mph? Needs to go up to 88 to help Marty!
 
2014-05-06 07:28:14 AM
Thank goodness for FARK train threads.  My brother is an engineer and he loves to see everything trains.  The best one he liked was one from about a year ago, when someone here posted an ancient film on how hard it was to actually derail a train.  His favorite to date, but if any of the links posted here tops that, I'll let you know.
 
2014-05-06 07:30:47 AM
It's a Big Boy...

... For you.
 
2014-05-06 07:33:52 AM

dj_bigbird: Holy fark, I found my new dream job, "senior manager of heritage operations for the Union Pacific Railroad"


Yeah, I'm betting a lot of the railroad's employees are railfans, so that guy must know some people.

I know a guy who works for BNSF who has turned down promotions so he could be more closely involved with trains.
 
2014-05-06 07:38:32 AM

mr_a: Very cool. Until you have stood next to one, you just can't believe the size.


Came to say this. Very glad one will roll again!!!!!
 
2014-05-06 07:55:24 AM

BlackMtnMan: mr_a: Very cool. Until you have stood next to one, you just can't believe the size.

Came to say this. Very glad one will roll again!!!!!


Agreed.. remember standing on a footbridge over the tracks watching those  monsters roll by underneath.. parents didn't have to ask why your clothes smelled smoky... also remember the first diesels.. both flattened pennies well.....
 
2014-05-06 08:11:01 AM
Wow -- I wonder if it'll be going over one of those rickety wooden trestle bridges...
 
2014-05-06 08:25:22 AM

Marcus Aurelius: That thing has more tubes welded onto it than a two stage high bypass turbofan engine.

Or an Alaskan internet!
 
2014-05-06 08:27:00 AM

Cyclometh: That's really awesome. Great find, subby.

1.2 million pounds, 6300 horsepower. Those things are an engineering  marvel.Just incredible.


More horsepower than almost every modern locomotive.  The DDA40X matches it but I think there's only one of them still in regular service (also UP IIRC) and the SD90MAC comes close at 6,000.
 
2014-05-06 08:27:38 AM

nekom: I have the weirdest railfan boner right now.


If it ain't smokin', you're doing it wrong.
 
2014-05-06 08:32:58 AM
I was bummed out when they sent this one back to the museum, but it's also going to be restored and steam again:

fubegra.net

/my photo, June '92
//original is on Kodachrome 64
///rode behind it that day
 
2014-05-06 08:33:30 AM
If you're ever in Dearborn, MI check out the Henry Ford musueum, they have an Allagheny class engine, 777k tons dry so probably in the same weight class as this beast. They really are impressive.
 
2014-05-06 08:41:56 AM

Fubegra: I was bummed out when they sent this one back to the museum, but it's also going to be restored and steam again:

[fubegra.net image 850x566]

/my photo, June '92
//original is on Kodachrome 64
///rode behind it that day


It Arrives at Spencer for restoration at the end of this month.  It will be on display for the "Streamliners at Spencer" event.
 
2014-05-06 08:42:50 AM

Cyclometh: That's really awesome. Great find, subby.

1.2 million pounds, 6300 horsepower. Those things are an engineering  marvel.Just incredible.


Yeah, only 6300 horsepower.

This locomotive, built in 1939, had 11,000 horsepower and weighed only 236 tonnes:

upload.wikimedia.org

Steam is stupid and the PRR died because of it.

Diesel and Electric RULE!
 
2014-05-06 08:44:47 AM

robodog: If you're ever in Dearborn, MI check out the Henry Ford musueum, they have an Allagheny class engine, 777k tons dry so probably in the same weight class as this beast. They really are impressive.


777k lbs, not tons obviously (was reading two articles and my brain froze, I swear I'm not that daft!). The Alaghenies were apparantly 6500-6900 HP at 45mph and peaked at 7500HP instant power!
 
2014-05-06 08:48:10 AM

dj_bigbird: Holy fark, I found my new dream job, "senior manager of heritage operations for the Union Pacific Railroad"


Nuh uh, I'll fight you for it.
 
2014-05-06 08:57:01 AM
I'm eating Good and Plenty candy right now, so I'm getting a kick.
 
2014-05-06 08:57:52 AM
We went to Steamtown just a couple of weeks ago, where they have one on display. Unbelievably huge.
 
2014-05-06 08:58:00 AM
Sure, big is impressive, but can it pull significant grades like these guys? I'm gonna say no....
img.fark.net


I ♥ Cass.
 
2014-05-06 08:59:51 AM

nekom: I have the weirdest railfan boner right now.

RodneyToady: No way to slow down...

I have the weirdest best Jethro Tull song ever boner right now.

But THIS is a locomotive.   http://www.douglas-self.com/MUSEUM/LOCOLOCO/holman/holman.htm   I have the weirdest.... something.


 the Holman Locomotive Speeding Truck Company in 1896.

 Seems legit.
 
2014-05-06 09:11:33 AM

Fubegra: I was bummed out when they sent this one back to the museum, but it's also going to be restored and steam again:

[fubegra.net image 850x566]

/my photo, June '92
//original is on Kodachrome 64
///rode behind it that day


That's a fantastic example.  I can just imagine how big it might look if I stood next to it and how it would smell.  I like it.
 
2014-05-06 09:12:56 AM
InterruptingQuirk:

Steam is stupid and the PRR died because of it.

Pretty sure teh PRR died because of the shift of industry and the inability to modify rates and to abandon lines.  N&W was the last Class 1 to operate steam - as the PRR was imploding, N&W was still running steam.
 
2014-05-06 09:24:07 AM
An even bigger one from my neighborhood.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2-6-6-6
 
2014-05-06 09:25:17 AM
i.imgur.com
 
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