2009 North Platte Railfest

bravogjt Sep 21, 2009

  1. bravogjt

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    I just returned home tonight from railfest. I have to say both the community and Union Pacific were GREAT hosts and put on a fantastic event. Here are a few pictures that we took on our arrival Friday night. I will post more photos as time permits.

    West Bound Coal Train

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    UP 844

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    Relieving a little steam.

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    Day 1 Continued

    UP 844

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    UP 951

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    Day 1 Continued

    UP 951

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    UPP 5818 - Souvenir Car

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    UPP 24567

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    I assume that the stencil on the step of the caboose partially explains all of the welds.

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    Day 1 Continued

    UPY 2300 "The Green Goat" - U.P.'s answer to going green.

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    A view of UP 844 and UP 951.

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    UP Steam vehicle.

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    Day 1 Continued

    Before heading to the hotel I drove by the Golden Spike Tower to try to capture a few dusk images.

    The Bailey Yard sand tower.

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    Golden Spike Tower

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    Golden Spike Tower flag pole.

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  7. MP333

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    Wow Ben, looks like a really great time. I would love to see that.
     
  8. bravogjt

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    We loved it! I found Railfest to be well worth the drive. I will try to start posting some pictures from our Bailey Yard bus tour soon.

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    Day 2

    We woke up Saturday morning to a dense fog. After grabbing breakfast we set out to Cody Park to see if we could catch a morning bus tour of Bailey Yard.

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    We lucked out and managed to get some seats on a bus. Here is a view of UP 844 as we pass by it on our way to the yard.

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    And a couple more shots that were shot through the bus window.

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    We stopped at the North Platte Diesel Facility and were told that only one rabbit (pilot car) was operating today to escort our bus and that we had to wait for it to return. Our tour guide decided to let us proceed with the tour around the facility first.

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    This SP gon has seen better days.

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    A glimpse inside.

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    The Union Pacific had some of it's heritage units on display at the diesel facility.

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    UP 1995

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    UP 1995

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    UP 1983

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    A look into 1983's engine.

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    And a shot of the cab from outside the right window.

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    We were told that we would be staying at the facility for an additional 30 minutes so that the pilot car could escort an additional bus. One of the U.P. employees decided to let the kids crawl inside the cab of 1983 to help pass the time. My son was in heaven!

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    UP 7868

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    UP 3296

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    A former MO-PAC trailer was spotted as we headed back to the bus.

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    I took one last picture of the heritage units from the bus as we proceeded on with the tour.

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  16. fitz

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    Boy, those are really pretty, Ben, and thanks for sharing with all of us. I think you should have your own forum this week for "Prototype Photos of the Week." Great stuff, and hope you had as much fun taking them as we are watching them. :tb-biggrin:
     
  17. HemiAdda2d

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    Very nice. Glad to see the SLC olympic unit is still well kept.
    Thinking back to my days in Cheyenne, and knowing a bunch of the UP Steam crew, I cannot remember who "Puddin' Head" is. Henry Krening?
     
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    Nice shot Ben, that's me taking the picture of the gondola in the black sweatshirt.

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    I drove down from Eastern Minnesota to check out the event, it was very well done.
     

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    I recommend going to anyone who hasn't yet...
     

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