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steamby51
Mystic River Traction Co.
United States
Power from the Nineteenth Century, FOR the Twenty-First Century.

Current Residence: North and East
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The-Necromancer 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
...what happened to the Guild of Steam? I see you're not a member anymore...
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:iconsteamby51:
Oh we killed that long ago, it's original purpose had been so far corrupted it was unrecognizeable.
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The-Necromancer 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Really?
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:iconsteamby51:
yes sir.  I was tired of seeing thomas the tank engine sonas.
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The-Necromancer 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't suppose you happen to know anything about a "Big Boy No. 4014" do you? Sounds like after a very long time, the giant will be returning to service courtesy of Union Pacific...
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Now if you want a machine comparable in size but so far superior, have a look at the Norfolk & Western's marvelous "A" classes, farm4.staticflickr.com/3060/22…   

These engines are the antithesis of the big boy in every respect save the size.  Yes they were big and yes they were almost absurdly powerful, but these A classes were so highly developed I equate it more to a fine timepiece.  It is not so much an industrial machine as it is a work of higher art.  Their engineering is so forward thinking I would almost call these locomotives ahead of their time, they were not held back by conservative engineering or concern for profits.  
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The-Necromancer 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
The Big Boys and the A Class, for their differences, are oddly similar aesthetically speaking.

I was just pleased to know there was an effort of some sort to revive a steam engine, if not the most ideal one.
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:iconsteamby51:
Yes, more steam running is always good.  The project will not be approached with the philosophy that I agree with however, not even remotely.  
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:iconsteamby51:
I do know all about it.  It is a very long and complicated story, sadly the big boys are an example of some of the worst american locomotive engineering ever done ever.  They are one of the biggest in the world, but that is their only outstanding quality.  They were built for wartime use by one of the largest and most capitalistic railroads in the country.  They are what I would call "bucket of bolts" locomotives, tremendous fuel wasters, poor steamers needing to be over-fired to make enough power, and resulting in the tremendous black mountains of smoke that are now stereotypically attributed to all steam locomotives......  www.steamlocomotive.com/bigboy…

They are brutish and there is no finess in them, typical wartime America exemplified as a locomotive.  There also seems to be a national obsession with them that borders on being unhealthy, and I have observed and heard some rather bad things about the folks who will be doing the restoration....... UP as a whole is not a railroad I would go near.  
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Steammechanic 5 days ago  New member Professional Artist
Hey anytime your in New York let me know I work for the Long Island antique power association and we have 2 buffalo spring field steamrollers,a peerless traction engine,and a 1/2 operating replica of a case traction engine,we also have that tank engine and a bunch of other machinery
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