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Old 05-18-2019, 08:38 PM   #101
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Oh boy, she's/he's coming to St Louis. I will be track side to greet her/him. I live maybe 1/2 miles from the UP tracks.
I live about 15 miles west of st louis so it will have to come by here to get to ST Louis.
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Old 05-21-2019, 07:26 AM   #102
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don't know what happened either

oh well

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Old 05-21-2019, 08:44 AM   #103
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Not sure what happened to your link but it takes me to a post about lionel service dept. moving.
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Old 05-21-2019, 01:56 PM   #104
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Not sure what happened to your link but it takes me to a post about lionel service dept. moving.
I thought that was about them moving fast (not)!
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Old 05-22-2019, 10:20 AM   #105
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I got shot down!!

On May 5 on page 10 of this post, I posted:

"There are UP tracks that come to some of the coal mines in my county. 4014 was designed to haul goods, not people! I want them to bring her up here and pull a load of coal to feed the nation with electricity! What a great use of the Big Boy that would be!"

I sent letters to the CEO and CAO of UP suggesting that they bring 4014 up here and haul a load. Yesterday I got a reply. After lots of words explaining UP and their mission, Mr. Scott Moore, the Chief Administrative Officer of UP, stated, "We work diligently to provide an excellent customer experience, providing them with the most reliable and efficient service product we can. That means diesel-driven coal trains with dependable cycle times."

Apparently in this day and age steam isn't dependable. We know steam isn't as efficient as diesel, but sometimes the notoriety of an event would likely outweigh the costs.

Anyway, we tried. They couldn't say yes if we hadn't asked.
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Old 05-22-2019, 07:39 PM   #106
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Well, for one thing, they don't have the facilities to properly service them I suspect, most of the water towers are gone.
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Old 05-23-2019, 02:43 AM   #107
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A couple of other factors to consider is 1. The track to the coal field may not be up to par to handle the weight concentration of the Big Boy. Even though the coal hoppers are heavy the weight is spread out more evenly. 2. There is probably not a way to turn the Big Boy around or if there was a wye available it would probably not accommodate the length of the Big Boy or incorrect track curvature of the wye . A turn table to accommodate a Big Boy. Uh Probably not in the picture. Diesels just do a run around of the consist to put them at the headend. A Steamer has to be turned or backed in to look "CORRECT".


JUST SOME RANDOM THOUGHTS HERE.
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