Celebrate the transcontinental railroad on a weekend escape in Utah

 

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Replicas of the Central Pacific's Jupiter and the Union Pacific's No.

  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
Really a big deal for rail in USA.

For those who are following it seems kind of strange the original track the lines connected at the point is no longer in service and the area has been bypassed for rail.

Is the UP Big Boy still attending the celebrations?

Celebrate the transcontinental railroad on a weekend escape in Utah

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  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
Really a big deal for rail in USA.

For those who are following it seems kind of strange the original track the lines connected at the point is no longer in service and the area has been bypassed for rail.

Is the UP Big Boy still attending the celebrations?

Celebrate the transcontinental railroad on a weekend escape in Utah
x31
You really need to do some reading in regard to this.

The line was bypassed when the Lucin Cutoff was built across the lake from Ogden to Lucin in 1904, reducing the distance by 40 miles or so, as well as getting rid of the mountain grades.

Rails on the original route were mostly removed in 1942 - WW2 needed the scrap.

A short section at Promontory Summit was rebuilt around 1979 for the 110th anniversary, and the two replica locomotives were brought in and have regular demonstrations of the 1869 ceremony during Summer.

The site is not Accessible by rail now, so Big Boy wont get there this year or any in the future. Ogden would be the closest they could take it, assuming it is operational by then.
  woodford Chief Commissioner

Really a big deal for rail in USA.

For those who are following it seems kind of strange the original track the lines connected at the point is no longer in service and the area has been bypassed for rail.

Is the UP Big Boy still attending the celebrations?

Celebrate the transcontinental railroad on a weekend escape in Utah
x31
The line was originally built relatively cheaply, this particularly meant reducing the amount of materials, specially rail so the shortest route was generally (though not always) taken. The rail (and locomtives) for the west requiring a long, difficult AND expensive sea voyage, rail supply for the east being only marginally better. It did not help that the consortium building the line from the east were led by a mob of pirates.

woodford
  woodford Chief Commissioner

According to UP 4014 will be in Ogden somewhere around March 9th and 10th, and will double heading back with 844.

Details from UP..................

https://www.up.com/heritage/steam/schedule/index.htm 10th

woodford
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
According to UP 4014 will be in Ogden somewhere around March 9th and 10th, and will double heading back with 844.

Details from UP..................

https://www.up.com/heritage/steam/schedule/index.htm 10th

woodford
woodford
Yes, May 4 out of Cheyenne, May 8 arrival in Ogden. May 10 being the 150th anniversary.

Departs Ogden (doubleheading with 844) on May 12 for the return trip.

I must go searching to locate any reports of it being seen in steam - it is only 3 weeks until that trip and you would expect that it might at least have a few trial runs first.

Edit - UP video on YouTube, uploaded on April 10, suggests that it has been steamed, though doesn't suggest it moved under its own steam. Just search on "UP 4014" and look for the most recent. Just 4 years from when they brought it 'back home'.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
It's an exciting time for steam lovers when this goes down.  There will be so many people around how will anyone get near it Smile
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
It's an exciting time for steam lovers when this goes down.  There will be so many people around how will anyone get near it Smile
bevans
Plenty of places between Cheyenne and Ogden (about 600km) to see it in its element - pulling a train uphill. Their main place of work was initially between Ogden and Green River, and later between Cheyenne and Laramie due to the grades involved. The Loco itself weighed almost 400t and even with 12 axles under it that meant an average of over 30t on each - the tracks took a hiding from them and they were thus restricted to certain lines.

I just hope that the trip is not being done at Management direction (ie - the Steam crew are happy to let it roll) given the very short time they will have for testing it before setting out on a 600km run with so many watching.

Those in Ogden will see a stationary beast leaking a bit of steam and a big crowd of moms/dads/kids - and lots of foam.

I do await the real 'load test' of course, 100+ loaded hoppers of coal, or 100+ double-stacks. UP are known to have their Heritage Fleet earn their keep from time to time and I don't doubt that they will sooner rather than later.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
I know of people who are travelling to the USA and driving to see the beastie in its glory.  I would have loved to have gone but commitments in Melbourne have held me back.  We shall all watch this one closely.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
I know of people who are travelling to the USA and driving to see the beastie in its glory.  I would have loved to have gone but commitments in Melbourne have held me back.  We shall all watch this one closely.
bevans

Definitely on my 'to do' list, however I'm no stranger to USA and Wyoming in particular. Footage ascending Sherman Hill WY will be impressive to see and when the dust settles and a change of administration in DC comes along, I'll travel to Cheyenne via Denver by what's left of AMTRAK from San Fran.

Mike.

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