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 Posted: Wed Jun 12th, 2013 11:47 pm
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Update at 4:45 p.m. The 1.2 million pound Union Pacific Big Boy steam locomotive No. 4018 is scheduled to move from Fair Park to Frisco on Sunday morning. A time has not been announced.

Original: The Union Pacific Big Boy steam locomotive No. 4018 may head to Frisco as early as this weekend.

Officials with the Museum of the American Railroad spent several hours on Sunday moving the largest steam locomotive ever built through two tight curves on tracks at Fair Park. The locomotive now sits on a rail spur in Fair Park that’s outside the museum space. The museum’s Steam Crew and its consultant on steam locomotives, Scott Lindsay, will make final inspections and fine tune items, such as the manual crosshead lubricating system, in preparation for its move to its new home in Frisco.

Only eight such locomotives still exist today, and it’s rare to see one on the move. Rail fans are expected to turn out in droves to see the museum’s Big Boy as it makes its 55-mile journey north.

The move to Frisco will be what’s called a hospital move, requiring the engine to be pulled by a BNSF locomotive at speeds of less than 10 mph. Train cars placed in front and behind the Big Boy will be used to increase braking capacity.

The Big Boy is the prized piece in the museum’s collection of 40 locomotives and train cars, most of which are now located on a 12-acre site behind the Frisco Discovery Center. No. 4018 has been at Fair Park since its arrival in August 1965.

Museum officials welcome the attention to Big Boy but caution people who come out to see the engine to keep safety in mind, do not get on the tracks and do not trespass on railroad property. The map below highlights the route the Big Boy will take as it makes its way to Frisco. Some of the best places for viewing include Union Station in Dallas and the museum’s new home in Frisco.



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 Posted: Thu Jun 13th, 2013 07:37 am
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My uncle was an absent-minded train engineer who could never stay on schedule: He couldn't keep time of track!



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BigTex wrote: The museum’s Steam Crew and its consultant on steam locomotives, Scott Lindsay, will make final inspections and fine tune items, such as the manual crosshead lubricating system, in preparation for its move to its new home in Frisco.


Well of course. Even a moron knows you need to fine tune the manual crosshead lubricating system before undertaking such a journey. What master of the obvious wrote this?  :smile:



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I wonder why they are moving it after all this time



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Ferroequinologist is the preferred term.

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Mr. Bubble wrote: I wonder why they are moving it after all this time
The museum decided several years ago to relocate to Frisco. It's taken time to prepare the new facilities.



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Update at 9 a.m. June 15: Big Boy will remain at Fair Park a little longer.

Museum officials announced Saturday that Sunday’s much anticipated move of the steam locomotive had to be canceled due to a derailment on one of the rail lines along the route.

A new date has not been announced.

“We regret any inconvenience this may cause to our stakeholders and supporters,” the post on the museum’s website states. “We are very appreciative of all the efforts put forth by the local railroads as we continue to move the collection from Dallas to Frisco.”



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andywhite.net wrote: My uncle was an absent-minded train engineer who could never stay on schedule: He couldn't keep time of track!:tear: I need a drink :tear:



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4018 ferry movement now set for July 21st. Location to be updated on museum Facebook page.

http://www.facebook.com/historictrains

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Glad you posted the update. I sorta lost track (get it?) of the plan after the move was cancelled the first time.



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"Due to last minute concerns arising from the need to wye the Big Boy in Southeast Dallas, today's move of the engine has been postponed. The Museum's Santa Fe F-7A diesel locomotive and two storage boxcars will move to Frisco instead. Departure of these three pieces from Fair Park is expected shortly. More details to follow regarding a rescheduled Big Boy move. We will continue to post updates on today's move of the F-7A and boxcars."


From wikipedia:
A wye or triangular junction, in rail terminology, is a triangular shaped arrangement of rail tracks with a switch or set of points at each corner. In mainline railroads, this can be used at a rail junction, where two rail lines join, in order to allow trains to pass from one line to the other line.
 
Wyes can also be used for turning railway equipment. By performing the railway equivalent of a three point turn, the direction of a locomotive or railway vehicle can be swapped around, leaving it facing in the direction from which it came. Where a wye is built specifically for turning purposes, one or more of the tracks making up the junction will typically be a stub siding.



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Did Dallas County tweet warnings about traffic disruptions for this movement?



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BigTex wrote: Glad you posted the update. I sorta lost track (get it?) of the plan after the move was cancelled the first time.I see what you did there.:five:

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BigTex wrote: Glad you posted the update. I sorta lost track (get it?) of the plan after the move was cancelled the first time.I see what you did there.:five:


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The postponement was a rail disappointment.



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Did the get the manual crosshead lubricating system fine tuned? I have been worried about this for weeks.



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The historic Union Pacific Big Boy locomotive will not be moved Sunday as previously announced, officials with the Museum of the American Railroad said Wednesday.

Maintenance and upgrades along the TRE line between Dallas and Irving will limit access to the route during midday hours. A new move date has not been set.

The Big Boy is the last piece in the museum’s 40-car collection that remains at Fair Park, which has been the museum’s home since the early 1960s. The museum is moving to a larger site in Frisco.

At 1.2 million pounds, the Big Boy is the largest steam locomotive ever built. Only eight such locomotives still exist, and they rarely travel on the tracks. The locomotive’s move is expected to generate crowds when it eventually hits the rails, but moving day has been canceled several times.

On July 21, crews had the locomotive hooked up and ready to go, but the move was canceled when Union Pacific officials decided to complete their own inspections. No issues were found during its subsequent inspection.



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Union Pacific Railroad announced last week that they had re-acquired a Big Boy, #4014, and were going to restore it to operation as part of their heritage steam program.  They already have two locomotives (a 4-8-4 and a 4-6-6-4) that are operable, although the 4-6-6-4 is laid up for heavy repairs. 



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While in college, I had to pressure wash a train (in and out), on the tracks, and not get a drop of water on the ground.

The EPA sat and watched me the entire time.

I had my take of train engines for a while!



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