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Postby Brad » Fri Aug 06, 2010 1:42 pm

Confirmed! 1983 & 1995 on SCBCB-06
(Western Pacific Heritage Unit and Chicago North Western Heritage Unit)

Empty - Depart North Council Bluffs 16:49
Load - Depart Durham Museum 19:00
Load - Arrive - Durham Museum _______________
Empty - Arrive North Council Bluffs 01:29
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Postby mrdwhsr » Wed Oct 27, 2010 11:48 am

Passenger rail returns in a big way :lol: if you didn't sign up for the UP excursion to North Platte. Sounds like a vacation day is in order for the 12th.

IAIS QJ steam #7801 to Council Bluffs Nov. 11th

   The IAIS is going to run QJ steam engine #7801, from Des Moines to Council Bluffs with their 2 business Cars on Nov. 11, 2010 and return to Des Moines on Sat Nov. 13, 2010. On Friday, the 12th, the plan is to display the 7801 along with 844 which will also be in town. Rock Island Technical Society has 20 seats both ways for sale these will be first come first serve. You can contact the RITS Museum for further info and prices. Call Jack Carson at 563-451-7458  
 
Tickets are $175 round trip with a one-day layover or $100 one way (either direction)..don't quote me on this.

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Postby Brad » Wed Oct 27, 2010 12:05 pm

Thanks for the reminder mrdwshr.  Its going to be awesome seeing two steam locomotives together!

I will not be riding either, but I hope to chase them with the camera.
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Union Pacific's Great Excursion Adventure

Postby Coyote » Tue Nov 09, 2010 12:32 pm

[font=Georgia]Union Pacific's Great Excursion Adventure[/font]

For the first time ever, Union Pacific wants you to route the steam excursion.
This is your chance to help the UP Steam Team decide where these steam giants will travel.


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Postby Brad » Tue Nov 09, 2010 1:00 pm

Bump.  Heading to North Platte today, Omaha tomorrow.
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Postby Brad » Tue Nov 09, 2010 1:17 pm

Cool!  I voted.
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Postby Brad » Tue Nov 09, 2010 1:20 pm

by the way... Did you get get points because I clicked on your link?
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Postby Coyote » Tue Nov 09, 2010 1:26 pm

If you got there through my facebook page I should.
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Postby Brad » Wed Nov 10, 2010 9:16 am

The UP844 is on its way!  Track it Here: http://www.up.com/aboutup/special_train ... /trace.cfm
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Postby Candleshoe » Wed Nov 10, 2010 6:26 pm

This morning in GI

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Union Pacific 844 by candleshoe, on Flickr

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Way cool job by candleshoe, on Flickr

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Cool job by candleshoe, on Flickr

and leaving town and headed East...

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Postby iamjacobm » Wed Nov 10, 2010 6:31 pm

I really liked the last picture.

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Postby Brad » Wed Nov 10, 2010 7:40 pm

Awesome Shots!  Mine are uploading now.
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Postby Brad » Wed Nov 10, 2010 7:53 pm

Ok here are mine!  

I Chased from North Bend, Nebraska to Ames to Fremont to Arlington to Kennard to Blair to Missouri Valley, Iowa to Council Bluffs.

Firs off...  Look at the steam coming right at me.  The cool temps made for some great steam!
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foSjdIxx2p0[/youtube]

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1.  Fremont, NE
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2.  Blair, NE
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3.  Monument Lane, CB, IA
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4.  Monument Lane, CB, IA
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5.  California Juncion, Iowa
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Postby Coyote » Wed Nov 10, 2010 8:11 pm

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UP 844 Steam Special.

Postby Allan_Love_Jr » Wed Nov 10, 2010 8:14 pm

Blair, Nebraska.

UP 844 east.
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UP 844 in B&W.
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Awesome Shots Allan!
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Postby Allan_Love_Jr » Wed Nov 10, 2010 8:49 pm

Brad wrote:Awesome Shots Allan!
Thank you Brad. So where yours. Great great photos  :thumb:
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Postby mrdwhsr » Thu Nov 11, 2010 9:17 am

Made my day. Thanks guys. Great photos!

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Postby Brad » Thu Nov 11, 2010 1:08 pm

The IAIS Steam is westbound through Anita, IA at 13:10 CST.
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Postby Brad » Fri Nov 12, 2010 7:47 am

Day Two

1.  IAIS 7081
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2  IAIS 7081
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3.   IAIS 7081
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4.  IAIS 7081
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5.  IAIS 7081
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6.  IAIS 7081
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7.  844 Night Shot
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Postby almighty_tuna » Fri Nov 12, 2010 9:59 am

I'm not huge into trains like many, but that last shot is *fantastic*!

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Postby Stargazer » Sat Nov 13, 2010 8:41 am

Spectacular photos... I trust Brad was out this morning as well.  That last one would make O. Winston Link proud (well, at least if you gray scaled it).

I haven't been following this foray into the metro... but I came to realize, while sitting in bed this morning, that I was hearing UP 844 from inside my house! (running along Bob Boozer drive, a mile away)... I checked the GPS location and sure enough, that's what it was.

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Postby Brad » Sun Nov 14, 2010 9:23 pm

You missed it Jeff!  It was Awesome!

Here are my photos from Saturday!

1.  This may be my All Time new favorite Photo!!!
Near Fremont
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2.  In Omaha near 84th Street
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3. Near North Bend
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4.  Near North Bend
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5. Quick Check on a valve near Clarks, NE
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6.  Near Clarks, NE
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7. Near Clarks, NE
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8.  East of Grand Island, NE
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9.  Refueling in Grand Island
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10.  When the train got to North Platte, they took of the 844 and added on the E9 Locomotives, and headed back to Omaha.
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11.  E9's in Omaha!
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Postby BrianFoto » Sun Nov 14, 2010 9:47 pm

You guys have some great images of the Steam Engine 844.  

It has been a very long time since my last post.

I have a few, but forgot how to post them on here, hence just the link on my Smugmug account.

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Postby Brad » Sun Nov 14, 2010 10:24 pm

Number 4 is awesome!
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Postby Seth » Sun Nov 14, 2010 10:27 pm

Those are some incredible photos.  The old smoke and steam-belching locomotives sure do look grand.

What are the metal covers on the sides of the boiler at the front?  Both of these locomotives have them, but most of the steam-powered ones I've seen don't.

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Postby mrdwhsr » Mon Nov 15, 2010 10:19 am

Seth wrote:Those are some incredible photos.  The old smoke and steam-belching locomotives sure do look grand.

What are the metal covers on the sides of the boiler at the front?  Both of these locomotives have them, but most of the steam-powered ones I've seen don't.


Seth,

    I believe what you are referring to are smoke deflectors. The term 'elephant ears' have also been used to describe them. The intent is to use aerodynamics to lift the exhaust high above the train. They are generally found on high-speed locomotives designed for passenger service. 844 and 3985 were capable of speeds in excess of 100mph. Locomotives designed for freight service operated at lower speeds. Since smoke deflectors depend on speed, most locomotives were not equipped.  


Brad and Alan's pictures really demonstrate their effectiveness.


(Don't call me 'foamer' - I only drool)   :)

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Postby Seth » Tue Nov 16, 2010 11:35 pm

mrdwhsr wrote:
Seth wrote:Those are some incredible photos.  The old smoke and steam-belching locomotives sure do look grand.

What are the metal covers on the sides of the boiler at the front?  Both of these locomotives have them, but most of the steam-powered ones I've seen don't.


Seth,

    I believe what you are referring to are smoke deflectors. The term 'elephant ears' have also been used to describe them. The intent is to use aerodynamics to lift the exhaust high above the train. They are generally found on high-speed locomotives designed for passenger service. 844 and 3985 were capable of speeds in excess of 100mph. Locomotives designed for freight service operated at lower speeds. Since smoke deflectors depend on speed, most locomotives were not equipped.  


Brad and Alan's pictures really demonstrate their effectiveness.


(Don't call me 'foamer' - I only drool)   :)


Cool; thanks for the explanation.

It's really sad that (aside from one short line in the country), our passenger trains are significantly SLOWER than they were 50 years ago.

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Postby Brad » Wed Nov 17, 2010 7:35 am

Seth wrote:Cool; thanks for the explanation.

It's really sad that (aside from one short line in the country), our passenger trains are significantly SLOWER than they were 50 years ago.


I chased that train all the way to Grand Island...  I did 80mph almost the whole way.
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Postby Brad » Thu Jan 27, 2011 7:58 am

UP is up to something...  Word on the street is they are going to have a big Super Bowl train to Dallas next week.

Yesterday in the pre dawn hours they brought the UP1988 to town and have it parked over in council bluffs.  Then today in the almost pre dawn hours they tried to sneak this train in to town, but I was able to catch it.  
Its all I could do with the lighting conditions.  It will probably be better with some post processing, but that will need to happen later.  20 min later and this photo would have been awesome!  Like Glowing Orange sun on the train!!!
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Second Units is the UP2010 Special "Boy Scout Locomotive - 100 Years of Scouting"
Third Unit is the UP7400 Special  "Susan G Colman Locomotive - Pink Ribbon Locomotive"
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Postby Seth » Thu Jan 27, 2011 6:29 pm

Holy cow!  I'd like to see the train they were pulling!

In all seriousness, I don't think I've ever seen that many locomotives hitched together, especially unique ones.

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Postby Brad » Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:46 am

Union Pacific's Historic E Units are heading to Council Bluffs Today.  They are somewhere between Fremont and Omaha now.  Scheduled in to Council Bluffs around 1:45 today.
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Postby Brad » Tue Jun 11, 2013 10:09 am

Union Pacific 844 is heading towards Omaha today.  It left North Platte at 8am and was in Lexington Nebraska at 9:30am

Should be to Fremont around 3:15 and through Omaha around 5pm and Arriving in Council Bluffs at 5:15
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Re: SPECIAL Union Pacific Movements

Postby Brad » Thu Mar 13, 2014 10:18 am

Not UP and Not on UP Tracks, but today's Amtrak #6 will have two electric locomotives on it, which are heading to the North East corridor. They are not surnning, just being towed, but usually right behind the regular locomotives.

Today's #6 is sunning about 4 Hours Late so it should get here right before 1pm.
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Re: SPECIAL Union Pacific Movements

Postby Brad » Wed Aug 13, 2014 8:11 am

Its that time of year again, Aksarben Special Time!

Two Modern Clean Flag Units
11 car train (5 domes)

Friday 8/15/2014
Depart North CB Shops between 13:00 and 14:00
Parked at the Durham Museum 14:00-19:00
Depart the Durham Museum 19:00
Arrive at Union Nebraska 20:15
WYE the Train at Union Nebraska
Depart Union Nebraska 20:30
Arrive in Omaha around 22:00

Route:
Omaha - Bellevue - LaPlatte - Plattsmouth - Murray - Union (and back)
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Re: SPECIAL Union Pacific Movements

Postby Brad » Fri Aug 21, 2015 1:06 pm

Its time for the Annual "Aksarben Special" Tonight!

2 New/Clean Flag Locomotives
11 Cars including 5 Domes

Depart Omaha around 7pm
-Durham
-South Omaha
-Bellevue
-Plattsmouth
-Murry
Turn on the Wye at Union, NE around 8:15 (The Wye is just north of town)
-Murry
-Plattsmouth
-Bellevue
-South Omaha
-Durham
Arrive back in Omaha around 10 pm
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Re: SPECIAL Union Pacific Movements

Postby PotatoeEatsFish » Sat Aug 22, 2015 1:07 am

This brings back so many memories. When I was little my family would go see it in Blair :lol: I was such a nerd.
I got that Milf $

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Re: Union Pacific No. 844 steaming towards the metro

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Re: SPECIAL Union Pacific Movements

Postby Brad » Wed Jul 13, 2016 10:41 pm

Coyote wrote:She's back!


Finally...

3 year Re-Build.
Moved around in the yard under steam June
Scheduled break in run last week, never happened.
Actual break in run this week, Apparently passed with flying colors.
Off to Denver next week to pull the Cheyenne Frontier days train.

Soon as that's over, the rebuilding of the Big Boy 4014 should start.
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