As Monty Python would say, And now for something completely different!
This morning, I was out "chasing trains" and while I've got a handful of pictures, the following is some 4k video of the largest steam engine in the United States.
Today, it was on an excursion run from Omaha Nebraska to Boone Iowa. This is only the second trip for this Steam Engine which was restored about 2 months ago. It took 5 years to restore to operating conditions.
It's a break for the everyday mundane tasks we go through as computer people.
UP 4014 - 4-8-8-4 (4 lead wheels, 8 driving weeks, 8 more driving wheels, 4 trailing wheels). The tender also has another 26 wheels!
It was built in December 1941 and retired in December 1961 with only 20 years of service it put just over 1 million miles on it. While there are several static displays around the country (25 were built and 7 still exist), it's the only one that is operational.
132 feet long with a tractive power of 135,375 lbs. There's a reason they call it the "Big Boy"!
I took the video this morning as it was leaving out of Omaha Nebraska and crossing the Missouri River headed east to Chicago. As of that moment, it was the furthest east that it had ever traveled.
(4k video - a little windy, but still a thrill)