MRSR coming to Tacoma

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Bob

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Bob

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Up the hill, so it should be a good show. We will have our F9 helping, but the steamer will still be working hard.
 

p51

Marty, it runs on steam!
I know it's supposed to rain off and on through the weekend, but I'm certainly going to be there, have been waiting to see 70 in steam for a while now!
 

BN Oly

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That explains what I heard tonight! A strange sounding 5 chime and a couple of whistles. The F-unit must have led it up from Mineral?
 

Macster

Only known as Mac
That explains what I heard tonight! A strange sounding 5 chime and a couple of whistles. The F-unit must have led it up from Mineral?
Yep! That was us! We were surprised to see the huge concert crowd when we arrive in Tacoma but then again they were really surprised to see us and especially the steam engine =D
 

BN Oly

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Yep! That was us! We were surprised to see the huge concert crowd when we arrive in Tacoma but then again they were really surprised to see us and especially the steam engine =D
Yes unfortunately I was not aware that the Archbishop Desmond Tutu was at the Tacoma Dome last night so i got stuck in all the traffic when I left the house to give chase and see what was going on.
 

Bob

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Yes unfortunately I was not aware that the Archbishop Desmond Tutu was at the Tacoma Dome last night so i got stuck in all the traffic when I left the house to give chase and see what was going on.
Yep, then they said "TuTu", I thought they said "Choo-Choo"... ;)
 

Jon Bentz

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I made a quick visit to Tacoma to see the 70 in steam. She looks good and sounded good as she marched up Tacoma Hill.

1. Polson #70 getting under way with three cars and NP 7012A.

2. NP 7012A idling.

3. A man with steam in his veins!
 

p51

Marty, it runs on steam!
I got the same shots at Freighthouse Square everyone else did, but I later climbed down into that deep cut alongside hwy 7 and got some shots of them going up the hill, great stack talk!
 

p51

Marty, it runs on steam!
Most cool, I saw you taking that last photo from the crossing, Bob. I'm in the rear vestibule in the first coach, the guy in the tan hat looking back to the end of the consist.
 

Bob

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Most cool, I saw you taking that last photo from the crossing, Bob. I'm in the rear vestibule in the first coach, the guy in the tan hat looking back to the end of the consist.
That was one of my favorite shots of the day. Good light, nice location, nice feather of steam, just a hint of haze in the stack. It came out well.

It was fun getting it too. All of the sudden there's about 10 people standing on the sidewalk with cameras. Some fellow from the house just to the right of the shot walks outside and looks at all of us with a "What the hell?" look on his face. I laughed and said "The Papparazzi are here!". Then he heard the whistle and figured it out...
 

Tuscor

Don't be Ignorant
Np f9a 7012a

For me the big thrill was getting to see the NP 7012A once again.

First time I ever saw it was May 10, 1970 as the NP 7012A at Easton, WA leading an eastbound BN freight. Sometime after that it was renumbered BN 838.

In the early 1980's BN retired the 838 and it was repainted back to NP 7012A wearing the NP simplified paint scheme. (the scheme it last wore on the NP) Of course it was later painted back into the original NP scheme it wears today.

It was really wonderful to watch, and hear it at work after not having seen it since 1982 when I photographed it up in Seattle freshly repainted back to NP. The Polson 70 put on a great show on the 2:00 PM run I took but getting to ride behind the NP 7012A was really my highlight of the day.

Here are some of the photos I took.

1-3) Polson 70 at 46th St on the first run of the day and the NP 7012A bringing up the rear of the uphill train.
4) Here the 70 is on the rear of the downhill train.

It was a wonderful day of photographing and riding the train. Mt Rainier Scenic (and Macster) did a great job of running these trains today. I had never ridden behind steam on a 3% grade before today. The sound in the open car behind it was fantastic, and so loud going under the overpasses!

Brian Ambrose
Renton, WA
 

Jon Bentz

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Nice shot Lee!

Will MRSRR being restoring the boiler jacket on the 70?:confused: She look's a little naked without it.
 

p51

Marty, it runs on steam!
Will MRSRR being restoring the boiler jacket on the 70?:confused: She look's a little naked without it.
My understanding is that they will get the jacket on 70 once they've broken her in after the restoration. It makes sense and besides, she doesn't look all that bad with a jacket on for now.
 




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