Biggest Badest Steam Locomotive Ever!

Gene Walls

Williamsport, United States

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This coal fired steam locomotive is over 132 feet long with almost 7,000 horsepower of brute pulling capacity. The engine is aptly named the “Big Boy”. It is the biggest, most powerful steam locomotive ever built!

These enormous engines were specifically designed to carry the heaviest loads over the highest mountains, from coast to coast. This model is “articulated”, with a hinged section in the middle, to allow it to navigate the tight turns on narrow mountain passages.

The Union Pacific 4012 Big Boy was an essential contributor to America’s war effort during WWII. The Big Boys transported the tanks, big guns, trucks, supplies and soldiers from all across the country. It delivered the supplies and personnel to the ships that carried them into the war zones.

There were twenty-five Big Boys produced between 1941 and ’44. The #4012 is one of only eight that remain intact today. This is one very impressive machine!

This Union Pacific No. 4012 is currently on static display at Steamtown, USA, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA. This site is a National Park that is dedicated to the preservation of America’s incredibly significant Railroad Train history.

This photograph was captured on Veteran’s Day, November 11th, 2013. It was taken with a Canon 5D DSLR, through a Canon EF 35-350mm f/3.5-5.6L lens at the 63mm focal length. The shutter speed was 1/200 sec, with an aperture of f/13, ISO 100. The camera was mounted on a Manfrotto tripod, with a Manfrotto 222 Pistol Grip head. A remote shutter release cable was also used.

© 2014 Gene Walls

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