Tag Archives: Locomotives

Trilogy Approaching Completion

With the Iron Horse Chronicles trilogy approaching completion, I have changed the header on this website. For the past couple of years, Union Pacific’s Engine 119 has been approaching Promontory Summit in Utah from a distance. On July 19, 2017, Golden … Continue reading

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The First Wild West Show

The first wild west show was a complete surprise to its audience. The incentive for staging that performance was not to sell theatrical tickets. The show was gratuitous. It was a celebration for having won a race—the first race in … Continue reading

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Writing While Cruising

I managed to get in some writing while cruising onboard the Crown Princess this past week. My wife, Barbara, and I embarked from San Pedro harbor in Los Angeles on Saturday, October 3, on a seven-day California Coastal Cruise. We returned to the same harbor on … Continue reading

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A Steam Locomotive’s Tender

A steam locomotive could not operate without its tender. In recent posts I have written about how the locomotive works, but the engine must have fuel and water to produce the steam. The tender is the car that is hooked immediately behind … Continue reading

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How A Steam Locomotive Works

The steam locomotive made possible the rapid opening of the western states and territories of the United States in the mid-nineteenth century. This marvelous invention came into being in England right after the turn of the century, less than seventy years before … Continue reading

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The Beauty of 4-4-0 Locomotives

The 4-4-0 locomotive was a thing of beauty that is hard to appreciate from photography of the mid-nineteenth century. Color photography did not exist during the heyday of the locomotive that “built” the first transcontinental railroad. One of the most famous … Continue reading

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Railway & Locomotive Historical Society Convention Part 2

The Railway & Locomotive Historical Society held its 2014 annual convention in Ely, Nevada, during the later half of the first week of June. After an informative bus ride from Las Vegas, which I described in a previous post, the group of … Continue reading

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Railway & Locomotive Historical Society Annual Convention

The Railway & Locomotive Historical Society held the Silver State Rails 2014 Annual Convention in Nevada from June 6 through June 8. I was pleased to participate as a new member of the society. A group of over fifty members embarked from … Continue reading

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Locomotive Substitution

Like the starter in a sporting event, the locomotive that begins the game may not be the one at the finish. The two famous locomotives that touched cowcatchers at Promontory Summit, Utah, when the golden spike was driven, were both substitutes. … Continue reading

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Golden Spike Reenactment

On May 10, 2014, the Golden Spike National Historic Site held a reenactment of the joining of the Union Pacific Railroad with the Central Pacific Railroad at Promontory Summit, Utah. The reenactment was held on the 145th anniversary of the driving of … Continue reading

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