Discussion in 'International Heritage Railways/Tramways' started by athelney, Jul 23, 2013.
And looking into the smokebox..
Getting to the stage of an almost daily update, yesterday saw live steam testing taking place.
The workshop has a steam generator, used for warming boilers, prior to a fire being added.
Ancillary systems, pumps etc..., must have been on the test list.
No fire needed in firebox, I assume they are really confident in that, as the system is the same as UP844.
Safety Valves were fitted on Tuesday Evening.
More as it becomes available
Some updates from yesterday, posted on FB.
Thought worth sharing
Union Pacific Steam Club Update No. 5 - Apr. 10, 2019
From the UP Steam Team: We've been working hard out here making good progress. For the first time in 60 years a UP 4000 class locomotive has fire in its firebox in Cheyenne...an oil fire.
A fire was successfully lit April 9 in the firebox of the UP 4014, the crew is excited to undergo additional testing of the modified "oil conversion" for the Big Boy 4014.
Details Announced about May 9 Celebration
Union Pacific will host a celebration marking the 150th anniversary of the transcontinental railroad's completion Thursday, May 9, at 10:30 a.m. MDT. The ceremony will be held at Ogden Union Station a day ahead of Utah's celebration at Promontory Summit where the Golden Spike was originally tapped into place.
The May 9 ceremony will feature Living Legend No. 844 and Big Boy No. 4014. The two will meet, recreating the historic image taken at Promontory Summit on May 10, 1869.
Following the steam meet, Union Pacific Chairman, President and CEO Lance Fritz and Utah Gov. Gary Herbert will be joined by Margaret Yee and Sandy Dodge to tap a ceremonial spike. Yee's ancestors were among thousands of Chinese immigrants who forged the transcontinental railroad for Central Pacific. Dodge is a descendent of Gen. Grenville Dodge, Civil War veteran and Union Pacific's chief engineer during construction.
May 9 and 10 Ceremonies to be Streamed Live via Facebook
Can't make it to Ogden or Promontory for the big events May 9 and 10? That's OK, we've got you covered.
Union Pacific will be streaming both ceremonies live via the UP Facebook page, located at http://www.facebook.com/unionpacific. If you haven't already "liked" our Facebook page, do it today. You'll be notified as soon as the cameras start rolling.
We'll be including schedules for the May 9 and 10 events in future Steam Club emails.
Limited Number of Tickets Available for 4014 and 844 Excursion
Here's a head's up on a very special steam excursion opportunity.
As you know, steam locomotives No. 844 and No. 4014 will be in Ogden for Union Pacific's 150th anniversary celebration commemorating the completion of the transcontinental railroad. The locomotives will begin traveling together back to the Cheyenne Steam Shop Sunday, May 12.
A limited number of tickets will be sold by Spike 150 for a ride that day onboard Union Pacific's Heritage Fleet cars being pulled by Nos. 844 and 4014 between Ogden, Utah and Evanston, Wyoming. The trip, which includes a two-hour behind-the-scenes tour at Ogden Union Station, is a fundraiser for the Union Pacific Railroad Museum and Spike 150, a Utah initiative to commemorate the 150th anniversary.
Go to www.spike150.org on April 12 for more details. Tickets go on sale Monday, April 15.
Experience the Union Pacific Rail Car
The Experience the Union Pacific Rail Car is a brand new, multi-media walk-through exhibition that provides a glimpse at the past while telling the story of modern-day railroading. Through sound, images and interactive technology, rail fans will see how Union Pacific is building America in their communities and throughout the world.
You can tour the rail car at the following display dates. Admission is free!
Friday, April 19 - Monday, April 22: 10 a.m - 4 p.m.
California State Railroad Museum, 125 I Street
Tuesday, April 23: 9 a.m - 3 p.m
Vernon & Atlantic St.
Wednesday, April 24 - Thursday, April 25: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Union Pacific Sparks Yard Office, 1 South Pyramid Way
Saturday, April 27: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Monday, April 29 - Saturday, May 4: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Monday, May 6 - Wednesday, May 8: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday, May 9: Noon - 3 p.m.
Friday, May 10 - Saturday, May 11: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Ogden Union Station, 2501 Wall Street
Admission required April 27 through May 8; free admission May 9-11.
Rock Springs, Wyo.
Tuesday, May 14 - Wednesday, May 15: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m
501 N. Front Street
Going to be an oil-burner then?
Same as UP844, think environmental reasons are behind it, and the ability to control the fire more accurately.
Have posted some decent video links to control of the fuel system in UP844, they share an identical system.
Burning oil vs. coal might also being cheaper for such a giant?
I thought the change from coal to oil burning was more to do with the logistics of refuelling when it goes on tour.... as was the rest of the fleet.
As they use a second water tender, more capacity has been given over to the oil, to increase range.
For those with a bit of disposable income, UP have announced a tour with 4014 and 844 double heading from Ogden, back towards Cheyenne, a total of 65 miles before the steam comes off, and everybody returns to Ogden by coach.
Cost is $3k for a standard seat, and $5k for a dome seat.
Union Pacific Steam Club Update No. 6 - Apr. 24, 2019
The Union Pacific Steam Team is busy making final preparations for the May 4 christening of the Big Boy No. 4014 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Final touches on its paint job are being applied and the last necessary tests are being conducted.
To ensure the Big Boy is ready for its big debut, No. 844's whistle-stop tour that was scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28, has been cancelled. Instead, No. 844 will double-head with No. 4014 from Cheyenne to Ogden on May 4 after the 9:30 a.m. MT christening ceremony.
This new schedule will give the UP Steam Team more time to complete final preparations for No. 4014. The latest tour schedule is available at UPSteam.com.
May 9 Ceremonies to be Streamed Live via Facebook
Can't make it to Ogden for the big event May 9? That's OK, we've got you covered.
Union Pacific will be streaming the May 9 ceremonies live via the UP Facebook page, located at http://www.facebook.com/unionpacific . If you haven't already "liked" our Facebook page, do it today. You'll be notified as soon as the cameras start rolling.
May 10 events taking place at Promontory will not be streamed live on UP's Facebook page, but will be available via other online outlets.
Thanks, and be safe!
Union Pacific Steam Club
The monster come alive!
I know many complain about FB posts, but this from the footplate is incredible, has not appeared on YT yet, if it does I will post.
Unless you belong to the secret society you cannot see it.
Which is when it appears on the UP Youtube channel, I will post it, as I have already said...
Not a very well kept secret! Actually you haven't missed all that much, I'm sure it sounded much better outside the cab without all the background noise. Interesting use of a bog chain though
Its the technique with the bog chain, that's the impressive piece...
The link appeared as a normal FB link then was immediately blotted out by the removal notice.
That is what I was referring to not the actual link.
This video may no longer exist, or you don't have permission to view it.
Yes that's what I saw, but on closer inspection there was a live link near the bottom of the 'D-notice'
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