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    Wow! CPR 1201 was in your link and the memories started flooding back. My uncle used to chase the excursion trains in Ottawa/Wakefield and the first time I ever got a face full of steam was from 1201 parked in front of my house for a routine check. I still have the flat penny I got from it and chased that train often with my uncle. Just awesome to remember!
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    Thumbs up

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    Glynn: Glad you like the Ka's. I rode behind them a lot over the North island Main trunk between Hamilton and Wellington during the 1950's and 60's, awesome in service (and in preservation) and with a very impressive performance; roughly 1400 h.p on 3ft 6 in track makes for very exciting riding, and at night they were spectacular to watch. David Morgan (long-time editor of Trains Magazine) thought they were wonderful. He was so right.
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    Any and all.

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    wow!!! awesome guys...many good choices...love the Mallard and always liked the NZ engines..lol and "any and all" is realy my answer too

    not my video but this was my first experence with steam ex RDG 4-8-4 2101 on the Chessie Steam Special 1978 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Wk58...e=results_main

    this engine and wheel arrangment have always been my favorite since i was 10....those first encounters always stay in our minds and hearts...

    of course over time new things are learned. Even David P Morgan wrote numorous times that its near impossible to A. pick a fav and B have the fav be your fav in 5 years....and i myself am "using" this thread to make my self make a choice...theres so many....any 4-8-4...the Lima Berks....the GN's monster O-8 class of 2-8-2....any USRA engine....most simple articulateds...any PRR enigine...this list just goes on and on and on.......

    but "all things considered"...i have to go with YB...the C&O Lima Super-Power 2-6-6-6 Alleghany...the BogBoy was big...and the N&W's Y's and A's were powerfull...the PRR's Q's and T1's were well....PRR.......but here was THE modern steam locomotive in the 2-6-6-6 designed and built to haul 13,000 coal trains at speeds over 50 mph..sadly C&O used them hauling 13,000 coal trains in the mountians at much lower speeds...theres also "intrigue speculation and conspiricy" behind the locomotive...

    long story short both Lima and C&O aledgedly "fudged" some numbers as far as weighing the locomotive for "bill of lading" weight for delievery...which would also be the "offical" weight for calculating engine crew pay....by law and contract locomotives are scaled in "full working order with barrel full and all accessories intact"...alledgedly C&O had Lima short the boiler water and sand to lower the "shipping wieght"...and hence cheat engine crews out of pay...info from a Trains Classic article

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    My favorite kettle:

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    LOL...

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    Top 3: PRR T1, LNER Flying Scotsman, Union/DM&IR 0-10-2
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    There is no doubt in my mind.

    It is the UP Big Boy by a wide margin.

    Here is a nice simulation video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAowfCmDX0U
    (The voices I hear in my head may not be real, but sometimes they come up with a good idea.)

    Have fun.

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    Well, with me it's pretty obvious too.
    My favorite is the Santa Fe series of 4-8-4s,
    Particularly 3751.
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    I have a couple that are near and dear to my heart:

    Arcade & Attica #14 - Baldwin 4-6-0



    Arcade & Attica #18 - ALCo/Cooke 2-8-0




    Even ALCo steam makes black smoke!

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    I would have to say, the Big Boy.

    A second choice is the little steamer that used to run on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway:
    640px-DarjeelingTrainFruitshop.JPG

    (from Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Da...itshopCrop.JPG, photo by Arne Hückelheim)

    A British Garratt Class B, which I think has now been replaced with a Garratt Class D and modified to be oil-fired.

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    There are so many beautiful steam locos out there. But I have always been a fan of the the downtrodden and under appreciated ugly ducklings out there. Unusual in design, life threatening in operation and workhorses in their day. Got to go with the Camelback (mother hubbard) although I couldn't pick a particular one. This is one of the last remaining and most famous (movie appearance) Camel: CNJ 774.jpg

    After that, probably go with the CNJ Blue Comet - G3 Pacific painted in blue and pulling a fast train from Jersey City to Atlantic City from 1929-41.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cadama View Post
    Got to go with the Camelback (mother hubbard)
    oh yes! I ive that one too, wouldn't mind having one on my museum

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    Ive always had a thing for the New Haven's I-5s

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    Too many choices, BUT, if I had to pick one favorite steam locomotive.N&W J 611- 01 Blfd, WV 6-25-86.jpg

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    I know nothing about class type etc but German 4-6-2 steamers always have a warm place in my heart. My first birthday present was a Marklin HO 4-6-2 from Germany of course I didn't play with it for a couple years. Close second would be the AC-12 or the a flying Scotsman(you just can't beat those looks/colors)



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    Here she is boys. The one and only Beautiful Mighty Challenger. She is the Queen of the big articulated locomotives.

    I shall miss her. But she has a fine new home.



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    I'm kinda partial to the Boston and Maine T-1 Berkshire, many of which were sold to the SP and ATSF after WWII.

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