Big Boy 4014

Railroadforums.com is a free online Railroad Discussion Forum and Railroad Photo Gallery for railroaders, railfans, model railroaders and anyone else who is interested in railroads. We cover a wide variety of topics, including freight trains, passenger and commuter railroads, rail news and information, tourist railroads, railway museums and railroad history.

SantaFe3751

New Member
Will the soon to be restored Union Pacific Big Boy 4014 run under his own power as the locomotives were designed without a helper.
 

cprted

Rodeo Clown
Are you asking about whether it will run without a diesel in the consist? I doubt it. Mainline steam without a diesel is pretty much a thing of the past. Once in a blue moon, Canadian Pacific used to let 2816 run without a diesel in tow but even that didn't happen the last few years.

Generally speaking, the diesel isn't actually there as a "helper" but as a rescue unit if the steam locomotive were to break down. For the most part, the diesel isn't usually providing power but letting steam do all the work.
 

LoganTrackdog

New Member
Are you asking about whether it will run without a diesel in the consist? I doubt it. Mainline steam without a diesel is pretty much a thing of the past. Once in a blue moon, Canadian Pacific used to let 2816 run without a diesel in tow but even that didn't happen the last few years.

Generally speaking, the diesel isn't actually there as a "helper" but as a rescue unit if the steam locomotive were to break down. For the most part, the diesel isn't usually providing power but letting steam do all the work.
Well that diesel that shoved 844 down the rails a mile sure was helping pull the load!

I would think that for the first trips there might be power on standby, as they are going to want to know how the loco will perform. Really doubt it will be added to the consist during it's first outings.
 

Bill Anderson

Well-Known Member
A few years ago wasn't 844 uncoupled from a train on Sherman Hill and coupled to the rear of a freight that needed an extra boost to get to the summit?
 

EMDGP30

Active Member
I remember chasing SSW #819 a few times and it didn't have a diesel in the consist.

I need to get a slide converter and transfer them to my computer before something happens to them.
 




RailroadForums.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com

RailroadBookstore.com - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section.

ModelRailroadBookstore.com - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

Affiliate Disclosure: We may receive a commision from some of the links and ads shown on this website (Learn More Here)

Top