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)

Click on the image to enlarge.

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About THE OLD MACHINIST

I am 82 years old and wed for 65 years. I am a retired engineer and spent 35 years developing INS gyroscopes. I am a High School mentor in physics, mountaineer, model builder, machinist and have a degree in Physics. My interests include railroad history and photography, science history, cosmology, interesting people, and old engineering drawings. I place a high value on my friendships. I enjoy life and am looking forward to the future with my usual sense of anticipation and curiosity.
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One Response to A GREAT FIND AT A UNION PACIFIC HISTORICAL SOCIETY SWAP MEET

  1. Tina Herzog says:

    Hello,
    I am interested in a few of your photos of the UP Los Nietos RR Yard. Would you allow a few of the photos to be included as part of a history project of the Los Nietos area? I work for the County of Los Angeles, and if you grew up in the Los Nietos community, would also especially like to request your personal written history of your memories of living in the area. Thank you.

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