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#1
Here are my photos from the past several weeks.

Friday 2019-07-12
1. Ames, Nebraska


2. Valley, NE


3. Downtown Omaha


4. Downtown Omaha


5. Downtown Omaha


6. Downtown Omaha


7. Downtown Omaha
 
#4
Monday 2019-07-15 - Big Boy departs Omaha heading east to the Twin Cities.

12. Near Crescent, IA


13. Near Woodbine, IA


14. In Vail, IA


15. West of Carrol, IA


16. East of Carrol, IA
 
#5
Friday 2019-08-02 Heading back to Omaha

17. Near Woodbine, IA


18. Near Crescent, IA


19. Near Crescent, IA


20. Arriving in Omaha, NE


21. Arriving in Omaha, NE


22. Arriving in Omaha, NE
 
#6
Sunday 2019-08-04 Departing Omaha heading West

23. Downtown Omaha


24. Passing "Tower B" in Downtown Omaha


25. C.P.B. Mercer by Nebraska Turf Products


26. North Bend, NE


27. North Bend, NE
 
#8
Is the diesel powered up and contributing to the total tractive effort or just along for the ride absent an emergency?
I recently saw an interview with Ed and he said it was there to help maximize resources. They try to minimize the use of the breaks because unlike the 1940’s when there was a roundhouse in every town, if they wear out a set of breaks, they crew has to change the breaks themselves and it’s just not a fun thing to do after a long day on the rails. Also can use it to help stretch out a run between stops for water if need be.
 
#11
I recently saw an interview with Ed and he said it was there to help maximize resources. They try to minimize the use of the breaks because unlike the 1940’s when there was a roundhouse in every town, if they wear out a set of breaks, they crew has to change the breaks themselves and it’s just not a fun thing to do after a long day on the rails. Also can use it to help stretch out a run between stops for water if need be.
Brake vs. Break, though they sound the same they are not the same.

brake
/brāk/

noun
plural noun: brakes
1. a device for slowing or stopping a moving vehicle, typically by applying pressure to the wheels.
"he slammed on his brakes"


break
/brāk/

verb
1. separate or cause to separate into pieces as a result of a blow, shock, or strain.
"the rope broke with a loud snap"
synonyms: shatter, smash, smash to smithereens, crack, snap, fracture, fragment, splinter; More
2. interrupt (a continuity, sequence, or course).
"the new government broke the pattern of growth"
synonyms: interrupt, disturb, interfere with
"his concentration was broken by a sound"
 
#12
Beautiful pictures, Brad! I was just east of Nebraska Turf Products, and when I drove by there were cars parked on either side of road for about a quarter of a mile. Was it really crowded trackside?
 
#13
Beautiful pictures, Brad! I was just east of Nebraska Turf Products, and when I drove by there were cars parked on either side of road for about a quarter of a mile. Was it really crowded trackside?
Thanks! Yeah, it was really crowded, but more than anything, this crowd was the worst when it came from following the rules and staying back from the tracks. People were all over the rails, the crossing, and one guy even climbed up on the signal! It really wasn't my speed, but it was all I could do when my plan didn't pan out.
 
#14
I guess you can’t fix stupid. I got to play “dodge the morons running across the road” when I drove by about 5 minutes before it came through. I even saw someone who got pulled over. There seemed to be a lot more people trying to see it than last time. Maybe because it came through on a weekend this time?
 
#18
I put together this 8min YouTube video with all my Union Pacific Big Boy 4014 clips from the past month. Turned out decent considering I shot it all with my iPhone7. There are some places where the camera shakes due to a makeshift tripod.

Enjoy
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