Here are a few interesting items for the real "Foamers" amongst us:
Union Pacific Railroad has apparently decided to rehabilitate one of the largest steam locomotives in the world back into running condition.
The railroad has agreed with the Southern California Chapter of the Railway and Historical Society in Pomona, California to take ownership of "Big Boy" steam locomotive 4014 and transfer it to their shops in Cheyenne, Wyoming. There Union Pacific's Heritage Fleet Operations Team will restore it to operating condition.
"Big Boy" was the moniker all the 4000 class steam locomotives were given by Union Pacific Railroad, due to their immense size. Twenty-five of these huge locomotives were built between 1941 and 1944 by the American Locomotive Company in Schenectady, New York. The 4-8-8-4 (2'D D2') articulated wheel arrangement supported a locomotive weight of around 762000 pounds.
It will be interesting and fascinating to see one of these monsters come down the track at their 80 mph design speed once again!
Here is a video sample from Pentrex, one of the best railroad video producers around:
Now going from the largest to something rather more dimunitive. My friend Colin in the UK is also an avid railroad fan. It appears that he is currently in the process of digitizing his vast number of steam locomotive photographs and every so often he emails me a sample of his collection.
I know nothing about English steam engines, so here they are without any comment or explanation.