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UP 4006 by SMT-Images UP 4006 by SMT-Images
The MASSIVE ALCO Big Boy, Union Pacific 4006, on static display at the Museum Of Transportation in St. Louis Missouri.

Model: ALCo 4-8-8-4
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Serial #: 69577
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Date Built: 09/1941
Lineage: Delivered New
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Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Eh. Kinda small...






(Bazinga)
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tracks147 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Student Traditional Artist

its big one


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nikolai60 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I don't know if you've heard, but one of this one's brothers, 4014, is being brought back online by UP, upgraded boiler and everything. Word is it'll be put back in service after the 150th!
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VinnyMartello Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You mean one of these things is actually being brought back to life???
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nikolai60 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, for the 150th Anniversary of Pacific Union they're gonna restore it. However, it seems as though instead of just a 'restore for the party' deal, they're going to give it a top to bottom overhaul, improve the boiler, and put it back on the line afterwords.
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VinnyMartello Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
THATS AWESOME!!! Because the US basically has no steam running. Sure, we have a few museum piece trains running through national parks and maybe two passenger trains... but the Britts and the Germans love their steam. Maybe the US will start being a little nicer to steam.
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nikolai60 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
From a practical point of view, it makes sense in more than just aesthetic...

1. A single Big Boy actually can do more mountain pulling than even a team of diesel engines, you spend much less time by only using a single engine. Yeah a few specialized engines have been built, but they fall into the category of the exception that proves the rule. The diesel versions are also harder to keep running and require insane amounts of fuel.

2. Fuel can come from entirely US sources, no need to rely on foreign oil production.

3. With modern advances 'external combustion' engines can have their efficiency improved significantly, by a factor of, not percentages, but exponents!

Those are just the three primary reasons, there's plenty of others. Though it makes us steam fanatics excited at the thought of bringing them back as a bonus, it really does come down to economics, a properly run steam engine can do the job better than a diesel.
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VinnyMartello Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
In a sense, steam engines basically have infinite torque. Sure, the Big Boy could only put out a measly 7000 horsepower (relatively speaking, a top fuel race car engine can do roughly 2000 hp), but jeez, I don't even know how you could even calculate the amount of torque one of these monsters could do. In the old days, a large single cylinder 2 horsepower steam engine would power all of the pulley belts in an entire factory. No electricity necessary. 
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nikolai60 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
lol, you're preaching to the choir here, I may be a CS student but I studied some engineering in my free time. The things you can do if you take classic steam tech and apply modern advances to it...so much potential...
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UnionPacific4014 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
Thanks for mentioning me!
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