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Old 10-06-2019, 07:11 PM
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Location: Colatown, South Carolina
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I am surprised this doesn't happen more. People like me who love trains and really love steam trains will chase in their cars to get ahead of the train for photographs. In this case, it looks like folks were so quick to pull away after the train passed, that they ran into one another. From the article, one guy was airlifted out n a helicopter.

6-vehicles collide when world’s largest steam locomotive, ‘Big Boy’ rolls through Beryl
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Old 10-06-2019, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Wow, that train really is massive.
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Old 10-06-2019, 09:22 PM
 
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This year there was a fatality woman standing on the tracks trying to take pictures of UP 844 steam engine as it came right at her. There is even drone footage on YouTube shows her being hit and thrown now with the Bigboy on the tracks drawing in even more people if accidents keep happening relating to spectators UP could stop running the engines which would be real shame.
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Old 10-07-2019, 02:42 AM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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Ad-wall, What country is Beryl in?
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Old 10-07-2019, 05:56 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Ad-wall, What country is Beryl in?
It's Southern Utah, USA.
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Old 10-07-2019, 06:56 AM
 
Location: NJ
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What a beautiful piece of machinery! My son has always loved trains. I used to take him all over NJ to train shows when he was younger. Back in 1987 and 88, he used to drive with my dad at 6am to our gas station, they'd stop at McDonald's where my dad would get him breakfast, then they'd stop at 2 train stations to train watch. The conductors knew my son. Then they'd continue on to the gas station where he got picked up for nursery school by my friend. He's 34 now, still loves to look at trains. He now brings my daughters son to see trains. Too bad this train doesn't come to NJ. I'm sure my son and grandson would love to see it!

Union Pacific's Big Boy steam locomotive rolls through Las Vegas
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The Big Boy locomotive is just one of 25 built exclusively for Union Pacific beginning in 1941. Now, there are only eight left in existence.

The Big Boy on display in downtown is the world’s only one in operation and the only one still owned by Union Pacific.
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Old 10-07-2019, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Cape Cod
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Chasing trains is a sport for some and seeing such an amazing piece of machinery and RR history under its own power is really something. I like trains and would certainly go out of my way to watch ol 4014 go steaming by.


It is kind of funny that these guys crashed the way the way they did. At least they didn't crash into the train.
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Old 10-07-2019, 07:57 AM
 
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Kind of surprising these trains only operated for 20 yrs, seems like they were built like tanks and could still be working today.


There are many people that believe steam is the way to go in relation to power sources for our vehicles (modernized of course).
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Old 10-07-2019, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA
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Big Boy #4012 is on static display at Steamtown NHS in Scranton PA. Would be great to see it restored but probably very expensive to do. Good to know there's at least one still rolling.
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Old 10-07-2019, 10:59 AM
 
Location: In a vehicle.
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This year there was a fatality woman standing on the tracks trying to take pictures of UP 844 steam engine as it came right at her. There is even drone footage on YouTube shows her being hit and thrown now with the Bigboy on the tracks drawing in even more people if accidents keep happening relating to spectators UP could stop running the engines which would be real shame.
Yep, youtube has it...No won't give the link, sheesh, go look for yourselves!
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