MAY, 1969 AND THE SURVIVER POSES AT OGDEN

I found this image as I was browsing my files and I could not resist sharing it with you. The title refers to the amazing fact this locomotive is the only steam locomotive never “set aside” by a Class I railroad in the United States. The UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD has a long record, much to their credit, of maintaining the records and artifacts documenting the railroad since it was authorized in 1862 by the “Pacific Railway Act”. The UPRR of today honors this legacy still by putting money on the table as demonstrated at the UPRR Museum in Council Bluffs and the Heritage Program in Cheyenne.

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THE LAST STEAM LOCOMOTIVE PURCHASED BY THE UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD

THE LAST STEAM LOCOMOTIVE PURCHASED BY THE UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD

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THE UNDERSIDE OF A UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD FLAT CAR

It is not common behavior of visitors to the ORANGE EMPIRE RAILROAD MUSEUM (OERM) to stoop over and observe the undersides of freight cars. This is unfortunate as there is a lot of important things to be seen. I have selected a set of images of a UPRR flatcar as examples of what one sees with a little effort on the visitors part.

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UNION PACIFIC TRACK MAINTENANCE AT ROCK RIVER, WYOMING

The safety and efficiency of a railroad depends heavily upon the standards of  track maintenance established and kept by the railroad management. The appearance of the right-of-way is a clue to a railroad’s philosophy of track maintenance. The general appearance of the Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way is consistently superb. This is due in part to the modern track maintenance equipment employed by the railroad. A representative sample of this equipment is presented above.

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A GREAT FIND AT A UNION PACIFIC HISTORICAL SOCIETY SWAP MEET

It is with great anticipation and the hope of a “great find”, that I enter the room where the UNION PACIFIC HISTORICAL SOCIETY’s annual swap meet is being held. I had barely entered the room and I was immediately  sure of a “great Find”. There before me was a large print, in fairly good condition, of a OR&N Baldwin 2-8-8-2, number 451. The image was not previously known to me and I immediately purchased it.

When I returned home, I “digitized” the image by taking a photograph illuminated by reflected sunlight. I then experimented with various editing adjustments aimed at “improving” the image so as to enhance the usefulness of the image. The result is shown below.

Three such engine were delivered to the OR&N in 1909. The UPRR received three similar engines (2000-2002) shortly thereafter. It is not clear why, but the UPRR engines came to be known as the “ocean toads”.

An article in  the UNION PACIFIC HISTORICAL SOCIETY’s journal, “The Streamliner”, relates the interesting history  of these locomotives.

Vol. 5, Issue 2, “Ocean Toads” 1909 Monster Mallets,
by Jim Ehernberger (page 12)

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ATTENTION ALL MODELERS OF NARROW GAUGE EQUIPMENT!

I have been scratch building HO scale models since about 1961. That is a long time to commit precious “spare” time to a personal interest, i.e., a hobby. Since, most of the time, I am of sound mind, there must be other reasons for this interest to persist. There are, really simple and banal ones. I do it because I relish the challenge to my modeling skills and the accompanying “thrill of the chase”, which is imbedded in the search for sometimes rare and obscure information. A bonus benefit is the opportunity to meet very accomplished and interesting people.

This probably sounds daunting to the person contemplating the addition of scratch building to their repertoire. My advice to this person is simple. Find a “project” easy enough for a beginner and do it. It is that easy!

I have attached a drawing from the UNION PACIFIC HISTORICAL SOCIETY collection of Union Pacific drawings.  It is a narrow gauge flatcar and it can be built using skills and tools acquired in your  practice of the modelling hobby. In short, get going on the sort of modelling that will be enjoyed for the years to come. In 1961, I did and I am enjoying every minute of it.

If you have any questions for me, The Old Machinist, use the comment feature of this Blog and I will reply ASAP.

Link to drawing:https://olrailpics.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/blog-n-g-flatcar-26050163.jpg

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 SUITABLE FOR A BEGINNERS FIRST SCRATCH BUILDING PROJECT

SUITABLE FOR A BEGINNERS FIRST SCRATCH BUILDING PROJECT

 

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