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Ahoy Railroad Fanatics

Posted: Sat Oct 09, 2010 10:14 pm
by Force9
For all of you RR aficionados...

My external hard drive crashed a bit back and of course all my photos were on it... After a few heart palpitations and some cash outlay I managed to recover everything (whew!)... In the process of re-indexing the photos (and making backups) I discovered a few shots from a visit to the wonderful California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento a few years back:

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I think this is the C.P. Huntington built for the Central Pacific Railroad by Danforth, Cooke & Company of Paterson, New Jersey in 1863.

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They made two golden spikes for the joining of the transcontinental RR - this is the backup.

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They also have an absolute behemoth 4-8-8-2 cab forward locomotive that must be seen to believe:
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They used it to haul stock over the Sierra Nevada mountains via Donner pass. The forward cab was needed to prevent the asphyxiation of the crew in the long tunnels and snow sheds. If I recall correctly it weighs in at over 1 million pounds...


Here are some more recent shots from a sister museum of the State Museum - RailTown. They have a working turntable and roundhouse shed. Number 3 often shows up in Hollywood westerns (and the Back to The Future 3 movie).

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Enjoy

Re: Ahoy Railroad Fanatics

Posted: Sun Oct 10, 2010 2:09 am
by Old CWO
Evan,
Thanks for post. Great pictures. I've seen some pictures of the museum before, with a heavy focus on the cab forward, but you really got some nice shots.
WR,
Ed

Re: Ahoy Railroad Fanatics

Posted: Sun Oct 10, 2010 9:42 am
by Pete Coleman
Brilliant Evan!
Loveley pictures and I'm so glad that you were able to retrieve them.
I have always been a fan of the cab-forwards' and other heavy articulateds and actually gave a talk about them at our local technical college!
My favourites are the mighty Yellowstones of the D.M & I. R. followed closely by the H8s' of the C & O and the Y6s' of the B & O.
Then again I also love the little A1x of the Bluebell Railway, go figure!

Re: Ahoy Railroad Fanatics

Posted: Mon Oct 11, 2010 7:04 pm
by Old CWO
Pete,
Was your post a test? The Y-6s were Norfolk & Western locomotives, of "Chesapeake" arrangement (2-8-8-2). The B&O did have some "Yellowstones" (2-8-8-4) - their class EM-1. C&O's H-8s were "Allegheny" arrangements (2-6-6-6).
WR,
Ed

Re: Ahoy Railroad Fanatics

Posted: Mon Oct 11, 2010 10:20 pm
by Pete Coleman
Ed,
Not a test!
I am aware of all the wheel arrangements you have mentioned, but a brain-freeze and my age resulted in the B&O/N&W confusion thing!
Thanks for putting it right.

A few examples for the uninitiated:


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And finally a Russian non-articulated 4-14-4 that was too heavy for the poor quality metal rails...
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Re: Ahoy Railroad Fanatics

Posted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 5:42 pm
by Old CWO
And from my favorite railroad, B&O's EM-1

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WR,
Ed

Re: Ahoy Railroad Fanatics

Posted: Tue Jul 01, 2014 2:34 pm
by Capt-P
Yes one of my favourite subjects.

Having ridden on the Toltec railroad in NM to Colorada, taking two days there and back.
Have lots of pictures of that trip.
Also interested in the lumber trains of that and earlier period.

Have a G Gauge railroad of the D&RGW that is running at our local railway club.

Great to see there's interest here too. XXBRXX

Frank x27x

Re: Ahoy Railroad Fanatics

Posted: Tue Jul 01, 2014 3:36 pm
by Pete Coleman
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