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 Post subject: National Railroad Museum
PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 10:30 pm 
I recently heard that the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay (GO PACK GO!) is undertaking a tremendous task. I heard that they are going to restore their crown jewel (in my opinion), Big Boy 4017 to operating condition. Has anyone heard otherwise?


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 Post subject: Re: National Railroad Museum
PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 11:26 pm 
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Restoration would be the easy part as I understand. Those units were so big, there are only certain lines they could run on.

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 Post subject: Re: National Railroad Museum
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 9:10 am 
I emailed the museum and found out that there is some truth to what I heard. The locomotive is undergoing cosmetic restoration, and they are adding a sound package to it.


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 Post subject: Re: National Railroad Museum
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 10:01 am 
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the one at steamtown derailed twice because of curve radius when they pulled it into the yards in the 90s.

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 Post subject: Re: National Railroad Museum
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 10:09 am 
yep. I heard that. If anyone could do it, UP could. Hell they've got 3985 and 844. The 3985 is just a smaller Big Boy!


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 Post subject: Re: National Railroad Museum
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 10:28 pm 
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Miner Dave wrote:
yep. I heard that. If anyone could do it, UP could. Hell they've got 3985 and 844. The 3985 is just a smaller Big Boy!


But the difference between the Challengers and Big Boys was enough that 3985 is usable as a restoration. I don't recall precisely where but as I recall the Challengers ran in a very limited area when in service.

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 Post subject: Re: National Railroad Museum
PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 9:21 am 
They have 3985 running now! the Challengers were used on some passenger trains and some light freight duty, I believe. As of this minute, day, month, and year, Union Pacific No. 3985 is the largest operating steam locomotive in the world.


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