I guess this was day one of Big Boy week for me. We got down to the depot right around 8:30, and got in line for the free commemorative poster. They had 300, and we were maybe 50th in line. Pretty poster, gotta get it framed.
Then it was on to the main event. We got down to the platform, and the observation was right there. We then had to walk the entire length of the train to get to 4014, a good quarter mile. The crowd wasn't too bad when we started, but it had really picked up by the time we were ready to head out.
I chose to not handle the camera for this round, and left that to my wife and son. My wife was getting a little frustrated with all the people getting in her pictures. My son was a little more patient, and got some real nice shots, a bit more artistic. I hope he'll find time to post some here, as he already has an OGR account.
I think we need to point out to Lionel, that the "Excursion version" should have the chalk Big Boy on the smoke box front.
Good to see the shiny shield.
Anyone know what this chain setup controls?
She's starting to get a little dirty, as they break her in.
This just looks complicated.
The crowd and the length of the train, and this was the "back side"
The tag along diesel.
The aux tenders. The flag is just a piece of sheet metal mounted to the side of the tender, so it hangs straight down as the wall curves inward.
Me with the "Experience" baggage car Promontory. Neat little display inside. I'll get pics of the inside in Duluth.
This odd looking car makes noise like a generator
The Green River, St Paul and me.
The special drumhead on the Kenefick.