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Old 11-15-2019, 10:33 AM   #1
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OK, this might be considered somewhat off topic by some of you. But I'm betting that many hotrodders also have (or used to have) an interest in trains. I heard on the news last night a snippet about Union Pacific's Big Boy locomotive passing through the area, as it does every few years.
For those who don't know: The Union Pacific Big Boy is a type of simple articulated 4-8-8-4 steam locomotive manufactured by the American Locomotive Company between 1941 and 1944 and operated by the Union Pacific Railroad in revenue service until 1959.
I've attached a pic, and if that interests you, the schedule is at
https://www.up.com/heritage/steam/schedule/index.htm
It passes through Claremore Saturday afternoon, somewhere between 1:30 and 2:00. I wouldn't miss it.
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Old 11-15-2019, 06:43 PM   #2
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I'm think about running to Wagner to catch it and take some pics if I can get close enough.

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Old 11-16-2019, 10:36 AM   #3
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I think we might run to Claremore to check it out. A real piece of history there.



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Old 11-16-2019, 08:37 PM   #4
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I was really surprised at how many people showed up. That thing is a beast. I didn't expect it to be pulling cars either. It did have a modern diesel engine in the train as a backup or maybe to provide additional electrical power. It certainly lives up to it's name of Big Boy...


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Old 11-16-2019, 09:23 PM   #5
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I'll try to post some pics soon. Until then, here is the videos I took of it coming into town and pulling out:

https://youtu.be/oGuM81p7_i0

https://youtu.be/w15lmjoAQeA
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Old 11-16-2019, 09:37 PM   #6
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Check this out from Claremore:
https://vimeo.com/373655951
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Old 11-17-2019, 11:33 AM   #7
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Claremore was crazy. I got to about a mile from where it was gonna be, and traffic was already backed up on 66 an hour before the train was due. I gave up, turned around, went to another location out in the boonies. Duck and I didn't get to see it parked, and from the video it doesn't look like many folks in Claremore did either. Too crowded. We did get to see it go by (close- maybe 40-50'), and like with hotrods, we'd rather see it going than parked anyway.
A magnificent machine for sure.
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Old 11-18-2019, 07:59 AM   #8
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Well shoot
This is the second time I have missed seeing it.
A couple of years ago it traveled across North Texas but I was at work when it came through.
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