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3 hours ago, Daddyjt said:

Looks like Big Boy 4014 will be in Chicago this weekend...:-)

 

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/big-boy-worlds-oldest-locomotive-trnd/index.html

 

Holy Moly !!, that is just 15 minutes from me.

 

(West Chicago, is actually a suburb, separate town, about 50 miles west of Chicago, proper..., not in Cook County...)

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I went down to West Chicago - it was a ZOO.  Very cool, and this picture is from the overpass, to get to the other side of the rail yard.  It doesn't do the size of that engine justice.  I got down there, but couldn't get close - it was shoulder-to-shoulder once I did.  I'm going to go down first thing in the AM Sunday, and see if I can get close to it, around dawn.  The traffic jams there with pedestrians everywhere in that small town really made it difficult / almost dangerous to get around.

 

Big Boy 4014.jpg

 

Thanks for the tip, Mark.  I would have missed it if you hadn't posted the message.

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OK, yesterday I went to the La Fox crossing in La Fox, IL, about 5 minutes from my house.  About a third of the way by track, between West Chicago and Rochelle, the next stop (for water and fuel) on the train's route - no visitors, though.

 

I was about 15 feet from the Big Boy 4014 as it rolled through at about 40MPH, I guess.  Smooth as silk.

 

I took video, but don't know how to upload 21MB of low-res video to the site (limit seems to be 5mb).

 

 

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Posted (edited)

Well, I now have a YouTube channel..., not sure I wanted one..., but I do now.

 

Here's the Big Boy, as I saw it from my Android Phone...  33 seconds of raw POWER.

 

 

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