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Monday, September 20, 2010

Steam Engine Train

Sunday evening around 8PM, we heard this VERY LOUD train whistle. Both Brady and I were shocked by this huge sound. It sounded like it was right in front of our house. The train tracks are a couple of blocks away from our house, but we never really hear it while in the house. If we are outside when a train passes, we hear it - but it is nothing what we heard last night.

I went outside because of this noise, and could hear the train going by on the tracks. A few minutes later while crossing another intersection, we could hear it again. VERY LOUD. I didn't really know what it was until I read this story from KTVB.

KTVB Story by: Jordan Gray

BOISE -- You might have heard a steam engine whistle sounding in Boise Sunday night.

You didn't imagine it. The Union Pacific Railroad's Steam Locomotive No. 844 is in town.

It's part of UP's Portland Rose Heritage Tour. The locomotive will be on display Monday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Boise Train Depot. It is open to the public.

The tour was named after a passenger train that operated between Chicago and Portland, Ore., beginning in 1930.

According to Union Pacific, No. 844 returned to service in 2005 after one of the most extensive steam locomotive overhauls in the United States since regular steam service ended.

1 comment:

Arthur Mcinnis said...

That must be a very remarkable train!

Usually, the sound of the steam engine train reflects its size. The bigger ones have louder whistles. Those kinds of transportation vehicles use mechanisms like Barnes and Jones steam traps to control the steam pressure. Barnes and Jones traps can control the amount of condensate gases, thus protecting the overall performance of the train.

Hope to see that train in the future. Thanks!


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