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"Streamlining Omaha "
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Beautiful streamliners awaiting departure from the Omaha Depot.
 


"Time to Let Them Run "
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The inspiration for this piece came from my admiration of locomotive facilities, horsepower and the mechanics that keep them running. Servicing has been completed on these giants at Ogden Utah, and now the two old veterans from the roundhouse agree it's "Time to Let Them Run".
 


"The Traveler"
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Looking down the length of this train,"The Traveler" is getting ready to board the Southern Pacific's City of San Francisco out of the Oakland Mole Depot.
 


"Last Run"
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  This scene was the last run of a train called the "Gay Local". It hauled ore from the Gay mine east of Fort Hall, Idaho to FMC, west of Pocatello. The CA-11 caboose was the last one in service in the area and was used for switch lining purposes on the main line. The switch had to be lined back to the main when the rear of the train cleared the switch. The Gay mine was closed, hence the last run of the Gay local.
 


"North Shore Line"
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The North Shore zips through the Wisconsin country side showing off its futuristic design and bright colors of salmon and teal.
 

 

"Big Boy"
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The Alco built 4-8-8-4 locomotives were known as one of the largest in the world. An employee of Alco wrote "Big Boy" on the side of a smoke box and the name stuck. The locomotive and tender were an impressive 132 feet 9 inches. Longer turntables had to be installed at Laramie, Cheyenne, Green River and Ogden to accommodate the length of these giants.


 


"Hauling Ice "
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This Southern Pacific built, mountain style locomotive pulls a reefer block eastward out of Berkeley California. As it is picking up speed, she's now "Hauling Ice".
 


"8444 at Pocatello"
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This 4-8-4 Northern type locomotive was built by Alco in 1944. The "800's" were fast and powerful locomotives. These engines were designed to sustain a speed of 90 mph while pulling a 1,000 ton passenger train.
I was inspired to do this drawing by a photograph that I took of this impressive locomotive in May of 1989 at Pocatello. Not long after this scene the 4-8-4 was changed back to its' original number 844.


 


"Assault on Sherman Hill "
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Union Pacific's mighty gas-turbine or "Big Blows" as they were nicknamed, were an impressive workhorse. Capable of turning out 8,500 H. P., they were used extensively on the heavily graded and busy Cheyenne-Ogden routes. These turbine engines were also a benefit because they used Bunker fuel oil, which at the time was much more cost effective than diesel. However as fuel technology improved it brought about the demise of yet another great giant from UP's past. Here the number 26 is seen hard at work over Sherman Hill. The number 26 has been permanently parked at the Union Station Depot Museum in Ogden Utah.


 


"F-9 Covered Wagon"
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In the summer of 1971 an F-9 locomotive, nick named the Covered Wagon, emerges from a tunnel near Morgan, Utah. The drawing based on a photo by Keith Ardinger, showing an F- unit in service near the end of its career.

These F-units, particularly the FT's were instrumental in the change from steam locomotives to diesel. However, more technologically advanced locomotives have also replaced these Covered Wagons.
 


"In the Clear"
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A west bound manifest heads by one of Union Pacific's past giants. This U50C #5013 holds in a siding while an east bound Hot Shot rolls past, now "In the Clear" with a CA-9 caboose tagging along behind
 


"Out to Pasture"
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When the Rock Island railroad was taken over by the C&NW railroad it's light blue paint scheme became known as bankruptcy blue. This GP-9 locomotive, like other work horses that can no longer work due to time and neglect, has been put "Out to Pasture".
 


"Pride of the Santa Fe"
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These F-7 streamlined locomotives, with their bright war bonnet paint scheme along with speed and power to match, could not help but become the "Pride of the Santa Fe" railroad.
 


"Rounding the Curve into Cheyenne"
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  This classic 70s scene depicts one train ready to make the assault up Sherman Hill and the other heading into Cheyenne. The locomotive is a DD 40 AX Centennial and the caboose is a CA.5. Both the locomotive and the caboose are long gone now with the exception of the Centennial 6936 which Union Pacific retained for passenger specials. It was however, briefly put back into freight service in the late 1990s during a power shortage at Union Pacific.
 


"Whistle Bit"
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As these two car men work a cut of cars by the shop, one ole` boy notices on his pocket watch that they are well into beans, making them "Whistle Bit".
All rights reserved Copyright 2005 - Shayne Stoakes

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