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Old 05-02-2010, 11:49 PM   #1
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Like Vintage Steam Trains?

I was out on the Hawk today, and got held up at a train crossing.



There were a ton of folks, and the train was taking a long time to come. So, I looked down the tracks, and lo and behold,


A Steam Train!







It was very cool, I found a little video of it when I got home:












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Old 05-03-2010, 12:15 AM   #2
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That's a Berkshire loco!

Cool Berkshire loco (2-8-4 wheel arrangement) lettered in its original Atcheson, Topeka & Santa Fe markings! Where wexactly were you along its excursion? I'm an old railfan, and last year I saw the Pere Marquette #1225 (the basis of the Polar Express loco of the film ot the same name) in its home in at the Steam Railroad Institute in Owosso, MI during Railroad Days. Please give as many details as you can!
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Old 05-03-2010, 12:18 AM   #3
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This was along Highway 101 in Encinitas, California. The train came down from LA yesterday to San Diego, then returned today. I will try to dig up more info, my BIL was on the train going south, he knows more. I just happened upon it going north, quite a treat.
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Old 05-03-2010, 12:53 AM   #4
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I'd like to see one of these berkshire's and there's a page at www.railserve.com that says thre's one at Lynchburg VA, just off the BRP.
Is this correct?

These locomotives are beautifully proprtioned and have a "power" look like the New Zealand Ka and Kb s

Among the survivors 3751 is not listed or is this just a listing of the display locos?

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Old 05-03-2010, 02:52 AM   #5
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I saw this one last year



Not my picture, but this is a Peppercorn A1 class locomotive called the 'Tornado'. The last of them were scrapped in 1966, but a dedicated team decided, in 1990, to build a new one - 18 years later it steamed up for the first time. Built with the latest railway electronic safety systems, it runs occasionally on the main railway lines carrying passengers
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Old 05-03-2010, 06:46 PM   #6
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I don't know anything about them but would dearly love to see one run sometime.
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Old 05-03-2010, 06:54 PM   #7
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Looks like a giant toy. I've ridden only on one train and it was a steam engine, pretty cool. Wish they'd still run these for passenger trains regularly...
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Old 05-03-2010, 09:13 PM   #8
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I don't know anything about them but would dearly love to see one run sometime.
Several of the 4000 class are on static display but none will ever have a fire built in them unless somebody has several million bucks laying around , They would have to be rebuilt from the ground up . The UP Challenger does make steam excrusion runs around the country , Its a little smaller but still over a million pounds , It has 12 drivers instead of 16 . SEYA
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This was along Highway 101 in Encinitas, California. The train came down from LA yesterday to San Diego, then returned today. I will try to dig up more info, my BIL was on the train going south, he knows more. I just happened upon it going north, quite a treat.

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I worked on a local touristy antique steam train attraction that does a trip through the redwoods sereral times a day when I was in high school. I still get motion sickness when I see one.
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Cool Berkshire loco (2-8-4 wheel arrangement) lettered in its original Atcheson, Topeka & Santa Fe markings! Where wexactly were you along its excursion? I'm an old railfan, and last year I saw the Pere Marquette #1225 (the basis of the Polar Express loco of the film ot the same name) in its home in at the Steam Railroad Institute in Owosso, MI during Railroad Days. Please give as many details as you can!
Dude- I'm afraid you're gonna have to take a railfan requal test. That's a 4-8-4 Northern.
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Old 05-04-2010, 11:03 AM   #12
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ridden the challenger

and the e-9 '951' passenger set.
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Old 05-04-2010, 11:30 AM   #13
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I knew this thread would flush out the train buffs.

My BIL is a train nerd par excellence, and he tells me on a scale of 1 to 10 of train nerds, he is a 3.
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Old 05-04-2010, 11:38 AM   #14
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I knew this thread would flush out the train buffs.
Guilty as charged, although if it doesn't make steam, I don't much care about it.

Some of you might enjoy my webpage: http://www.trainweb.org/tusp
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Old 05-04-2010, 11:45 AM   #15
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Guilty as charged, although if it doesn't make steam, I don't much care about it.

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yeah well... you drive a buell. so that pretty much explains why you can't appreciate streamlined transitional era diesels.

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