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Old 09-16-2009, 08:53 PM   #811
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How close are you to Cheyanne? Looks like UP 844 is out and about now. Watch here for updates. http://www.uprr.com/aboutup/excurs/steamtr.shtml. I've seen 3985 on a SoCal tour in Cajon Pass no less. Wow.
that right 844 passed thru a month ago.. did not realize it was a mallet..
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Old 09-16-2009, 09:24 PM   #812
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that right 844 passed thru a month ago.. did not realize it was a mallet..
Sorry to mislead you, 844 is not a mallet. I meant to say watch the UP steam website for updates and try and catch 3985. That one is. Otherwise, (if they are still running) you would have to go to South Africa or China to see big steam. I believe that 3985 is to only operating mallet in the US. You can see a number of the "Big Boy" engines on static display too. Even cold they are impressive. Cheers.
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Old 09-16-2009, 09:56 PM   #813
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Old 09-17-2009, 12:37 AM   #814
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Sorry to mislead you, 844 is not a mallet. I meant to say watch the UP steam website for updates and try and catch 3985. That one is. Otherwise, (if they are still running) you would have to go to South Africa or China to see big steam. I believe that 3985 is to only operating mallet in the US. You can see a number of the "Big Boy" engines on static display too. Even cold they are impressive. Cheers.
these are 1:8 scale live steam engines in progress my friend is building in his garage workshop...



far far left against wall is a completed 4-4-0 American, I think I've posted pix of it in this thread long time ago, this one has been running for years and has pulled many a load around various 9" track setups.

next one over, sitting on its wheels is the frame, suspension, and cylinder casting for a 2-8-2 Mikado.

in the middle is the frame, with the cylinder casting on the far end, is a stretch mikado design known as a Minnaret, 2-10-2, with small logging loco wheels, this is going to be a saddle engine when its done, and that big piece of copper pipe standing behind it will be the boiler. the Minni's wheels and suspension bits are spread out on the table.

the 2-10-2 will be kitted out as a Sugar Pine Logging Co. Minarets, similar to this one, but stretched with an extra wheel (rare configuration but used by this logging company)


the 2-8-2 Mikado will likely be kitted out something like this, but with Union Pacific paint.
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Old 09-17-2009, 06:10 AM   #815
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did not know there were any mallet's still running.
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Old 09-17-2009, 06:14 AM   #816
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How close are you to Cheyanne? Looks like UP 844 is out and about now. Watch here for updates. http://www.uprr.com/aboutup/excurs/steamtr.shtml. I've seen 3985 on a SoCal tour in Cajon Pass no less. Wow.
It's a Challenger, and I've seen it running west out of Cheyenne. There is a Mallet (Big Boy) in a park in Cheyenne, and I would love to see it run again. The real thing. The biggest.

Thanks for the info!
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Old 09-17-2009, 07:26 AM   #817
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don't get me wrong it is a great dream...
i would like to hear one to.. the 844 was an impressive bastard!
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Old 09-17-2009, 08:20 AM   #818
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Old 09-17-2009, 12:22 PM   #819
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It's a Challenger, and I've seen it running west out of Cheyenne. There is a Mallet (Big Boy) in a park in Cheyenne, and I would love to see it run again. The real thing. The biggest.

Thanks for the info!
Sad reality about the 4000's/Big Boys is that even if there were one that was running, due to their weight and size, there is no place for them to run. There is one on display here in Pomona. Stood there next to it with my mouth hanging open. HUGE everything, everywhere. Looked inside the firebox and could only imagine that huge space layered in coal, on fire.
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Old 09-17-2009, 12:27 PM   #820
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It's a Challenger, and I've seen it running west out of Cheyenne. There is a Mallet (Big Boy) in a park in Cheyenne, and I would love to see it run again. The real thing. The biggest.

Thanks for the info!
there's a gorgeous cab forward mallet monster in the Sacramento Rail Museum on static display too. ah, 4294, an AC12 4-8-8-2, the last of the beasts, built in 1944.

I'm reading that most of the articulateds are NOT actually true mallets, only the earliest generation from the 1900s. a true mallet had compound steam pistons, the later ones didn't bother with this complexity. apparently 4294 is damn near in operational condition, but the railroads don't want 660,000 lb locomotives on their track anymore

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Old 09-17-2009, 12:46 PM   #821
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...the railroads don't want 660,000 lb locomotives on their track anymore.
I didn't know that. Rats.

I'm guessing that my desire to hear a 6-pack of R4360's at take-off is an unreasonable one, too...
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Old 09-19-2009, 02:25 PM   #822
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these are 1:8 scale live steam engines in progress my friend is building in his garage workshop...

Sweet! Is he by chance part of the Golden Gate Live Steamers? http://www.ggls.org/
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Sweet! Is he by chance part of the Golden Gate Live Steamers? http://www.ggls.org/
a-yup. in fact he's the one who engineered and built their new track monitoring system, using (I think) PIC processors on a very robust and simple current loop interface with built in fault diagnosis. I host the backup DNS for ggls.org.
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Old 09-20-2009, 03:08 PM   #824
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[quote=pierce]these are 1:8 scale live steam engines in progress my friend is building in his garage workshop...



far far left against wall is a completed 4-4-0 American, I think I've posted pix of it in this thread long time ago, this one has been running for years and has pulled many a load around various 9" track setups.

next one over, sitting on its wheels is the frame, suspension, and cylinder casting for a 2-8-2 Mikado.

in the middle is the frame, with the cylinder casting on the far end, is a stretch mikado design known as a Minnaret, 2-10-2, with small logging loco wheels, this is going to be a saddle engine when its done, and that big piece of copper pipe standing behind it will be the boiler. the Minni's wheels and suspension bits are spread out on the table.

the 2-10-2 will be kitted out as a Sugar Pine Logging Co. Minarets, similar to this one, but stretched with an extra wheel (rare configuration but used by this logging company)


the 2-8-2 Mikado will likely be kitted out something like this, but with Union Pacific paint.
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Does your friend work the Swanton Railroad?

http://sprr.calpoly.edu/index.html
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Does your friend work the Swanton Railroad?

http://sprr.calpoly.edu/index.html
nope. I've been there on public events, like the annual swanton picnic/fundraiser for the Nature Conservancy (I think?) and I know Dave has been there for some steam-head events, but he has nothing to do with that otherwise.
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