"The Real Deal"
Thats awesome. The UP your talking about is the #4014 big boy 4-8-8-4 and it is a beauty. Would really love to see it in person as well. I cant imagine where the designers began when the laid plans for that monster. That is just mind boggling. I would have loved to seen the locomotives run in the 40's and 50's. Imagine seeing the greta rail guns the germans had being towed by several steam locomotives.Thanks so much for sharing this with us. I'm in awe of the detail in your layout. I've always loved trains. I can remember picking up friends at the train depot in Junction City, KS with my parents. The locomotive was steam powered and it was a real thrill for a 7 year old to see it up close. I think Union Pacific discontinued using steam on passenger trains shortly after that. That was in 1950. My sister went to College in Colorado in 1957. She traveled by Union Pacific, but by then the locomotives were diesel. One of the trains she traveled on was called the "City of St. Louis". Another was called the "Portland Rose". About 5 years ago the Union Pacific ran one of their old steam locomotives across country. I drove to the old depot (now a museum) to see it arrive. I'm guessing there were several thousand there to watch too. It's a sight most people will probably never see again.
I am blessed to be able to share my layout with you guys, and glad you enjoy it as much as i do, and keep doing. I will continue to update this thread when i make additions in the future so you guys can keep up with the newest details.