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    Icon10 Big Boy and Living Legend arriving in Las Vegas on Sunday

    For anyone living in or near Las Vegas 4014 and 844 are arriving in Las Vegas this Sunday at 1:45 PST. They will not be on display on Sunday but you can see them arrive. They will be downtown Las Vegas by the Outlet mall. Both will be on display Monday from 9 AM to 3 PM PST. They then leave on Tuesday morning at 8 AM. if parking is tight you could park at the Outlet malls and walk across the street.

    Planning on taking the family to see them arrive on Sunday. I might be able to catch them again leaving. I work a couple blocks away from the UP mainline so I may be able to catch them between the I-215 and Arden Yard. I will post up any pictures or videos I take.

    if you miss them in Vegas below is the steam schedule on where they are heading next. Plenty of opportunities still.

    https://www.up.com/heritage/steam/schedule/index.htm

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    Try not to miss it!
    it was a real treat to see her go past in July!!!
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    I was wrong on what would be arriving. It was only Big Boy and not 844. Enough people showed up to fill up parking in the main lot and overflow into surrounding lots. Everyone was friendly and having a good time. The staff did a great job organizing safe view areas and also let people get closer when it was safe. Likewise the crew was awesome and really treated the crowd. The rest of the train wasn't on display today but the crew was already interacting with the crowd. The crew even invited one lucky kid on board. Here are some of the pictures I got. Sorry they are only cell phone pictures and I am no photographer. Will follow up with a couple videos.

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    Enjoy!

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    As promised here is a short video of Big Boy arriving in Las Vegas. The crowd was so focused on Big Boy arriving that a northbound stack train took them off guard.


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    Why the heck did they park those two tanker trucks right in front of it???!!! I'm sure that made a lot of people with cameras not happy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingmeow View Post
    Why the heck did they park those two tanker trucks right in front of it???!!! I'm sure that made a lot of people with cameras not happy!
    One is for water and the other fuel oil...hard for a steam loco to move without water and fuel.

    I caught the train up past Apex, which was nice as there was only 3 vehicles in the area I was at, including mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ike the BN Freak View Post
    One is for water and the other fuel oil...hard for a steam loco to move without water and fuel.

    I caught the train up past Apex, which was nice as there was only 3 vehicles in the area I was at, including mine.
    Well, since they are mobile, as in trucks, they could have kept them on the side until everyone gets their snaps and then move them in to do their work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingmeow View Post
    Well, since they are mobile, as in trucks, they could have kept them on the side until everyone gets their snaps and then move them in to do their work.
    When it came in yesterday, it wasn't scheduled to be to be on display until this morning. I went out this afternoon after work, and loco still had the fires lit, therefore it will need fuel and water. As I was leaving, another water truck came out to top off the tenders. Servicing the loco is way more important than some random people taking a few photos, besides that, there are more people blocking the view than the trucks did.

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    I went and shot it coming into Vegas. I’ll get some shots as it leaves town today. I’ll post pics once I get them processed.
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    Also got a short video of Big Boy leaving Las Vegas today.


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    My video of it leaving town:
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    Quote Originally Posted by jpwisc View Post
    I went and shot it coming into Vegas. I’ll get some shots as it leaves town today. I’ll post pics once I get them processed.
    https://youtu.be/6YH3op4b0gA
    This spot looks real familiar

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    Quote Originally Posted by hraka View Post
    Why do they use a modern loco with the excursion train?
    A back-up power in case the Big Boy has a mechanical issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hraka View Post
    Why do they use a modern loco with the excursion train?
    According to the head of the steam program they use it primarily for dynamic breaking. By using the dynamic brakes on the diesel, they save a tremendous amount of wear on the steam engines mechanical brakes. The trains they pull are too light for the train brakes to slow all the weight of the Big Boy down any type of grade (Cima Hill was mentioned).
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    Quote Originally Posted by jpwisc View Post
    According to the head of the steam program they use it primarily for dynamic breaking. By using the dynamic brakes on the diesel, they save a tremendous amount of wear on the steam engines mechanical brakes. The trains they pull are too light for the train brakes to slow all the weight of the Big Boy down any type of grade (Cima Hill was mentioned).
    Makes perfect sense. Thanks.

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    There are some nice photos of the 4014 tour on Facebook group.

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