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Big Steam is Back

Big Steam is Back

Big Steam is Back
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Words or less) Bold, beautiful, and powerful, steam locomotives have captivated children and adults alike for generations. From the editors of Trains magazine, Big Steam is Back features 11 well-known locomotives from across the United States and their individual journeys to restoration. This special 100-page edition includes the restored Norfolk & Western Class J No. 611, widely considered to be the best and most powerful locomotive ever built, the colorful Southern Pacific 4449, and an update on the much-anticipated completion of Big Boy 4014.

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国家:
United States
语言:
English
出版商:
Kalmbach Publishing Co. - Magazines
出版周期:
One-off
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HK$77.54

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1
a new age of mainline steam

If anyone told me 10 years ago that we’d be putting together a special issue about the multitude of big steam locomotives running (or about to run) in the U.S. today, I’d say they were joking. But here we are. We live in a new golden age of mainline steam. We are blessed beyond our wildest dreams with living examples of the incredible machines that made America in the 1940s and 1950s: Five operable 4-8-4s and three more under restoration; two classic Berkshires; a legendary Mikado; and coming along soon, a big, fat East Coast 2-6-6-2 and a Big Boy 4-8-8-4. No, fellow steam lover, this isn’t a dream. What an age to be living in — it hasn’t been this good with this many big engines of such diverse stripes…

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2926 so close

Standing not quite at attention, with eyes front and an air of reverence, dozens of men and women in hard hats watch the parade pass. Neither band nor color guard graces this pleasant Saturday morning. Instead, members of the New Mexico Steam Locomotive & Railroad Historical Society are inspecting the cold, black steel of a steam engine that’s creaking as a railcar mover nicknamed Lurch pulls it by slowly. With chocks placed against the 80-inch driving wheels of ex-Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway No. 2926, Lurch sounds a final horn blast. Chief Safety Officer Jon Spargo yells an all clear, and 50 railroad historical society members, their ages spread from late teens to early 80s, get to work. Some fetch tools; two cinch up safety harnesses and climb atop the…

3
2926: a love story in steam

While the match may have been made in heaven, the couple met in the Santa Fe Railway roundhouse in Clovis, N.M. Vicente Davalos was a boilermaker. Later, he would become one of the last serving steam firemen on the Santa Fe. Melita Martinez was an engine wiper promoted to engine hostler as World War II sapped the male workforce. “They actually met working on a 2900,” said their grandnephew Anthony Padilla. “They don’t remember which one it was. They always say it was the 2926.” The couple was at Albuquerque’s Coronado Park on Oct. 30, 1956, for the dedication of Santa Fe No. 2926 as a monument to the city’s railroad history and the intended centerpiece of a transportation museum that never happened. Later they became regular visitors, Padilla recalled from…

9
california dreamin’

Perhaps it is the oversize proportions endowed by its creators which convey both power and speed without the need for streamlined cladding. It could be the Santa Fe mystique of glamorous celebrities riding in airconditioned luxury, juxtaposed against the harsh Southwest landscape. Then there is the melodious cry of its six-chime whistle. Whatever the attraction, Santa Fe 4-8-4 No. 3751 is frequently praised as the archetypical modern North American steam engine. As a locomotive with a storied past and a bright future, this living legend deserves a closer look. After a period of experimentation covering articulated and compound locomotives of many shapes and sizes, the motive power engineering department of the Santa Fe settled into a formula by the late 1920s that worked well for their railroad: four-wheeled trailing trucks, large…

1
the sum is greater than the parts

Once in a while the switches are lined so that the little guy gets a chance to make a big difference. Such was the case with a 2007 event: A 1940s-themed week (including the dance depicted above) that brought together a diverse array of groups to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Port of Los Angeles and to educate local school kids about the importance of railroads to its development. That education was not just about railroad or harbor history. It was about safety, science, math, career opportunities, and even environmental stewardship — all things considered, a pretty good trick for a 1927-built steam locomotive to pull off. While No. 3751 was the star, we didn’t do it alone. Amtrak, BNSF Railway, Operation Lifesaver, and others all worked together to make it…

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santa fe 3751 matters, here’s the short list of reasons why

No. 3751 is the oldest existing 4-8-4. It was built in 1927 and just narrowly lost out to Northern Pacific No. 2600 as the very first 4-8-4. But wait, there’s more: • NP 2600 was scrapped, so No. 3751 is the oldest existing 4-8-4. • No. 3751 was Baldwin’s first 4-8-4. • No. 3751 hauled The Scout, the first named passenger train to arrive at Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal on opening day, May 7, 1939. • The locomotive received numerous upgrades over the years, including a conversion to oil burning (1936) and a new tender (1938). Santa Fe’s Albuquerque, N.M., shops performed a major modernization in 1941, including an entirely new frame and wheels, a boiler pressure increase, larger steam pipes, and tandem rods, among other improvements. Despite those updates, the boiler is…