Union Pacific "Rail Beast" Information

Hello all,

I am aware that this video has been posted on the forum before, but this video really intrigued me, so as an up and coming journalist, I went ahead and did some additional research. Here are my findings: 

Before you read, I would recommend watching the video. Despite being incredibly illegal, it is really cool.

https://vimeo.com/234796207

The locomotive that was painted was UP 2519, an SD60M. This locomotive was in storage when it was vandalized, leading a consist with a bunch of other engines. The engines were all storage, as you can tell by the covers on their exhaust ports.

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Some people questioned if this was allowed by Union Pacific because the engine was about to be scrapped. I can now confirm that this is not the case. I chatted with a representative from Union Pacific via Facebook messenger, and with their message I can prove this was an act of vandalism. Screen Shot 2017-09-28 at 1.20.02 PM

The locomotive has been repainted, much to the disappointment of many, in a coat of grey primer. It is on its way to the NRE shops where it will be repainted.

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I don't know exactly where this happened, but am open to tips if anyone can supply. The incident occurred about a week ago. The suspects have not yet been found, but I will post updates here whenever I find more information. 

Max

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Dwight: I'm rebuilding a turn of the century steam engine in my slaughter house.
Toby: That's so cool.
Dwight: Yeah. 
Toby: Wow, I'd love to take a look at that. 
Dwight: Yeah, it's just a run of the mill slaughter house, but sure anytime.
Toby: Well, you know, 'cause of the trains. 

(From The Office)

 

 

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After some more research, the group that committed this is called "Indecline". They are an activist group that normally commits acts of vandalism with political aspirations, which surprises me since in this case they painted a train to look like a cat. 

Their website

This organization is much bigger than I thought, making me think that UP might not catch these people. They have committed some serious acts of vandalism, so I am sure they have dealt with law enforcement confrontations before, and made sure that they can't be traced via computers. This group seems like "Anonymous", the hacking group that was relevant around 2015.

I will keep you all update with any more findings. 

Max

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Dwight: I'm rebuilding a turn of the century steam engine in my slaughter house.
Toby: That's so cool.
Dwight: Yeah. 
Toby: Wow, I'd love to take a look at that. 
Dwight: Yeah, it's just a run of the mill slaughter house, but sure anytime.
Toby: Well, you know, 'cause of the trains. 

(From The Office)

 

 

I don't see what's cool about criminal activity at the expense of others. All this does is encourage more lost dis-functional idiots in society to do more of it.  Maybe they wouldn't think it was so cool if they woke up one morning to find their own car or home painted in some gibberish that someone else thinks is artistic. 

Big Jim posted:

"Hi Max,

Thanks for bringing this video to our attention. Our police department is looking into the situation..."

...and the appropriate officers will be disciplined for allowing this to happen! 

It looked to be on a deadline..... There was a bunch of old GE engines on there too.

Max,

If the artists / vandals belong to the group, I wonder why they didn’t organize & sue Union Pacific for repainting the locomotive, or at least tried to stop Union Pacific, based on the precedent set in the most recent case from New York where the jury ruled against the owner in a vandalism case.

NY Graffiti case

These are just my opinion,

Thanks,

Naveen

There is a substantive monetary value to publicity. And retaining that paint job for a few weeks would have undoubtedly had a positive effect on Union Pacific' s corporate image. It was well done and very professional. Has anyone priced the cost of television coverage per minute? There was an opportunity lost for a tremendous amount of favorable publicity, newspaper and electronic.  People everywhere on the system would be looking for that engine and talking about it. I find it hard to see a downside to a delay in repainting. Just my two cents.

ecd15 posted:
Maxrailroad posted:

 

Despite being incredibly illegal, it is really cool.

 

And herein lies the problem.  As long as society thinks illegal activities are "cool", inconsiderate individuals will continue to break the law.

People would still break the law regardless if others thought it was cool or not. There’s nothing wrong with liking the way something looks. If this was an official paint scheme I would still think it looks cool. If it was someone who custom painted it on their own locomotive I would still think it looked cool. It’s just unfortunate that its not official and was done illegally. Good on the UP for painting it in primer.

Tommy posted:

There is a substantive monetary value to publicity. And retaining that paint job for a few weeks would have undoubtedly had a positive effect on Union Pacific' s corporate image.

What positive image?  That the UP will tolerate vandalism on a grand scale?

It was well done and very professional. Has anyone priced the cost of television coverage per minute?

I haven't seen any UP advertising on TV. 

There was an opportunity lost for a tremendous amount of favorable publicity, newspaper and electronic.  People everywhere on the system would be looking for that engine and talking about it. I find it hard to see a downside to a delay in repainting. Just my two cents.

Remember that thought if someone ever vandalizes your car or home.

Rusty

 

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