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Posted By ScotO,
May 14, 2013 at 4:54 PM
Either those are some huge wheels or you're vertically challenged
Actually, I'm only 5'10".....but those wheels are close to 6' tall, on the rail. So, maybe a little of BOTH!!
Everything about that locomotive is MASSIVE.....with the loaded tender, it weighs in at 404 TONS.......
I bet, back in the day, I could bench-press one of those massive driving rods behind me in that picture......probably not so much anymore!!
Dang and I thought a 380,000lb dry weight transformer we changed was a big pick - well when you see it elevated by a hydraulic crane it's impressive.
Oh and a Ton of coal every ten miles - How about 220gal/min of diesel fuel? 75,000+ shaft horsepower gas turbine?
I used to own the 200 ton crane job in the shop at work. We'd regularly lift 340,000lb+ locomotives 50 feet into the air, and travel them over a hundred or more yards to a new set of trucks......first time I did that it was a little nerve-wracking......
After a while, you get "used" to it. Flipping 40,000lb trucks end over end with the crane was even more nerve-wracking than lifting a locomotive.....wish I had some video of that.....
How cool is that. (I collect RR memorabilia.)
Good post Scotty. Interesting. Thanks.
The 765 has been running excursions all weekend, back and forth from Lewistown, PA to Altoona, PA. Got this video this afternoon at the grade crossing right down the road from my house on the ex-PRR mainline.......too bad it's on my cell phone. Not the greatest quality of video, but it is what it is.....
I found this on youtube. looks like it is really moving.
Pretty sweet, Scotty...
Wiki even has a page on it...
Watched a few programs on the old steam engines... Amazing the dedication that goes into maintaining them.. They are functional works of art! Thanks for posting all of this Scotty! Must have felt great stepping inside that steam engine,,, like going back in time! How cool to get to run one first hand with an Engineer by your side!
My one buddy got to ride in the cab of it going up over the Horseshoe Curve!! He's got some great video of that trip, too! As soon as he brings the SD card with that video into work (he isn't very computer literate) I'll upload it to this thread.....I am excited to see that video myself!!
That had to be a great ride! Can't wait to see the video..
Isn't that where the first wood stove gloves came from,,, steam train engineers?
Beautiful Scott, Thanks for sharing that..... I don't know much about trains, but thats simply stunning.
That's not too bad. If it was using diesel it'd be about 1.5 miles per gallon.
A fantastic video of the Memorial Day weekend excursions on the NKP #765.........