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Great videos Jim, thanks. The layout is coming along nicely, the train runs nice and smooth. They are doing an excellent job. :):thumbsup:
 

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Why does an essentially brand new steam locomotive have a diesel locomotive directly behind it?

Is the diesel running? Is is running but just being pulled along like the rest of the consist?
 

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Why does an essentially brand new steam locomotive have a diesel locomotive directly behind it?

Is the diesel running? Is is running but just being pulled along like the rest of the consist?
Per the Union Pacific website:
1 To provide Dynamic Braking especially in the mountains
2 To provide power for the consist in remote areas where it is next to impossible to refresh the fuel and water tankers between distant stops (out in the desert or wide open prairie)
3 To provide emergency power Just-In-Case

Is it running?
I don't know. I couldn't hear it while it was parked at Altoona, WI. I couldn't see any exhaust or heat signature either while it was parked, during startup, or while underway.

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I guess rebuilding and restoring it is different than operating it as they would when it really was new.
 

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Looking forward to your progress.
 
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