Feb 16, 2017

Those Wednesday's Warriors play with steam engines!

With a little Photoshop I was able to remove the aisle and show John Smith's impressive Southern Pacific Cab Forward in a promotional paint scheme
back in the age of steam.
The gray boilered body really catches the eye as it rolls over a steel bridge as it brings fresh fruits and
vegetables to the starving masses in New York and other places back east.
Not to be outdone on this historic night is this 4-6-6-4 Challenger in Northern Pacific livery. Marvelous
Marvin owns this one.
Then we have the king of all steam engines is this 4-8-8-4 Big Boy making its way across the land of
fruits and nuts on its maiden run. A real one is being restored as we speak by the Union Pacific.
Here are the 3 bad boys together conniving together, perhaps to take over the world? The first
is with the SP and its turned around for safety reasons to be ahead of the smoke if they fail to make it
out of snowsheds and tunnels. The second is a 4-8-8-4 Big Boy, the largest of them all. The third is a
4-6-6-4 Challenger or a little brother to the Big Boy and the Cab Forward.
The Cab Forwards has to be oil fired to get the fuel into the firebox located in the cab. Coal just would not do. Each one of these engines had articulated wheel sets so they could navigate curves
in the rails.  It was like have 2 sets of driving wheels but one engineer. Lots of power was achieved as long as you had good rail underneath these monster machines because of their weight.

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