Where are all the UP fans?

Alan Mar 19, 2000

  1. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I am amazed there are not more posts on this UP board. The BNSF one has loads!
     
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    34004 New Member

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    Hello Alan,

    Me too! I think UP is a class act, although it seems to have had some problems digesting SP and C&NW.

    Generally I like the liveries and I would like to model UP in HO if I ever find time.

    Best Wishes

    34004
     
  3. rail_fan

    rail_fan Guest

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    I`m just signed in and I`m an UP fan too.
     
  4. Colonel

    Colonel Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I am also an avid UP fan and flew half way across the world last year to get my first real glimpse. The UP run a very large network that every railroad enthusiast can't ignore.

    Colonel http://members.optusnet.com.au/~pcassar/index
     
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    Another UP fan here. I became interested in n-scale MR in Jan. of this year. My first two engines are n-scale KATO UP SD40-2, early versions. I wish to thank who ever is responsible for the Train Board. I can see A lot of good information for beginners, me, and all the other rail fans.
     
  7. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Welcome Patrick. Good locomotive models to start with - my favourite! Hope you enjoy N scale, lots of help on these boards if you need it :)
     
  8. The Rocket

    The Rocket Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Thanks Patrick... We aim to please! Charlie (E-8) and myself have put in a few hard weeks of work to bring this together.... and there is much more work to be done. We are especially glad that it is going so well.. and to see that there was an obvious need for such a listing of forums.
    I have always had a love for trains... from the time I was about 5 years old I can remember the lights of trains shining in my bedroom window.. and I would watch their approach until they turned and the night once again went dark.
    Again... Thanks for the kind words... it makes it all worthwhile!
    Scott

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  9. friscobob

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    Not a big slobbering UP fan, but I like the road above all the big Class 1s.
    First time I ever saw trains in action up
    close & personal was the UP's Encampment Branch local working the sawmill in Saratoga, WY, using an Alco RSC2 for power. It would head back to Walcott Jct and the UP
    mainline with the caboose anywhere in the train (except in front of the locomotive [​IMG] )
    We met the City of LA several times in Rawlins to meet & see off relatives, and the
    jetlike roar of the Big Blows could be heard for miles!
    Uncle Pete did a spotty job absorbing the
    C&NW and SP, but I think he's getting back on
    track now. Hate to see the WP, MP, DRGW, CNW\
    and SP go, but I guess that's progress.
    I can't wait to get back up to Wyoming & watch UP do what it does best- roll freight on the Overland Route at speed!


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    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Frisco Bob, your mention of the big blows brings back thoughts when we visited Cajon pass in 1998. The sight and sound of one storming up to Blue Cut must have been awesome!!
     
  11. Tex

    Tex Guest

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    Loves Armor Yellow and Harbor Mist Gray.......also the fact UP still runs Steam even when NS has 2 stored.
    Tex
     
  12. guynn

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    I've been a UP fan since 1964 when I took it
    from Milwaukee to East L. A. Lived in Long Beach for thirteen months (met my wife) then
    headed back for Milwaukee, via the UP. It was
    about a two day trip and a real blast.

    Regards,
    Joe
     
  13. FriscoCharlie

    FriscoCharlie Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Welcome to all UP fans. We are always trying to invite people to TrainBoard.com. Since we are still a new site it appears we have not invited enough UP fans yet. We will continue to seek them out.

    Hang in there - we pick up more people every day [​IMG]

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  14. Kermit

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    While I am a FRISCO and MKT fan I've always been a closet UP fanatic. Of the current railroads there is no doubt that the UP is the best there is. Uncle Pete runs a class act. Recently while in Kansas City trainwatching I saw a UP engineering department passenger special pass through Santa Fe Jct. and it was being pulled by the DD40. All cars were painted the same and were clean. A beautiful train! If that wouldn't make you a UP fan I don't know what would!
     
  15. Bob@CY

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    Alan;
    I am both a UP fan and employee. I enjoy all facets of railroading and railroads. I previously worked on the Rock Island for four years. I now have 24 years on the UP.
     
  16. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Alan:
    Frisco Bob, your mention of the big blows brings back thoughts when we visited Cajon pass in 1998. The sight and sound of one storming up to Blue Cut must have been awesome!!<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
    Out in the wide open spaces in Wyoming, you could hear them before you could see them. KRAL in Rawlins would announce the UP
    crew calls several times an hour. The drag
    freights (and the DJ would stretch out the word drag) would be pulled by a Big Blow, plus a couple of GPs behind, trailing what looked like everything Cheyenne Yard (or the
    yard at Ogden) had. I missed seeing the earlier gas-turbines, as well as the double-
    diesel locomotives from GE and Alco, but I'll always remember the Big Blows. [​IMG]




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  18. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    WOW!! No wonder you will not forget the big blows, what a pity they had to go [​IMG]

    If one had been preserved for main line running, now THAT would be a crowd-puller! It would even have got me over there [​IMG]

    p.s. what did they sound like? Jet aircraft?

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    [This message has been edited by Alan (edited 15 April 2000).]
     
  19. Johnny

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    No railroad in North America can equal the show put on by the UP between North Platte and Gibbon Jct. Nebraska. Just park your car near the tracks in any of the small towns along the route and see them roll by at the rate of over 5 per hour for 24 hours. It even impressed my wife and she's not easily impressed by trains. Besides that, what other major US railroad still bears its original name?
     
  20. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Johnny, I am primarily a BNSF fan, but the UP rates a close second [​IMG] It is good to see a railroad stick with it's original diesel livery (with minor changes) instead of trying to be trendy and up-to-date. Grey and Armour yellow still looks great after all these years. I hope they never change it.

    I havn't seen your name before on the site, so welcome to Trainboard [​IMG]

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    Alan

    The perfect combination - BNSF and N Scale!

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    http://Andersley.homestead.com
    http://galleryusarail_tehcaj.homestead.com
     

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