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Date: 04/14/18 11:58
Pacing 4449 through the Gorge
Author: pdxsteam

As most of you know by now, 4449 was out and about this week participating in the filming of an IMAX movie for BNSF. I chased the train on April 11th from Vancouver to Wishram and back. It was truly an amazing day made even better by the lack of other chasers, the absence of traffic, and the half-decent weather.

I was fortunate enough to get several shots that day, including some pacing between Carson and Bingen. Note the IMAX camera rigging on the front of the locomotive. My full chase video from the day can be viewed on my pdxsteam Youtube channel.

To be so close to this beautiful machine traveling at speed is an experience that words, pictures, or even videos cannot match. Hopefully, she will be back out on the mainline sometime in the future, even if it is only for private occasions such as this.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/14/18 11:59 by pdxsteam.

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Date: 04/14/18 12:11
Re: Pacing 4449 through the Gorge
Author: wabash2800

Wow, that is Art in motion. Very incredible.

Victor A. Baird
http://www.erstwhilepublication.com



Date: 04/14/18 12:18
Re: Pacing 4449 through the Gorge
Author: A-1

I caught the return trip on Monday. It was well after dark by the time they left Avery westbound. I caught an unbroken, uncontested(aside from a friend who drove separately), track speed chase from Bingen to Stevenson. I had never done that at night, and the experience was absolutely incredible.



Date: 04/14/18 13:05
Re: Pacing 4449 through the Gorge
Author: sp3204

That is one fantastic video!



Date: 04/14/18 13:23
Re: Pacing 4449 through the Gorge
Author: jst3751

Amazing video.



Date: 04/14/18 13:51
Re: Pacing 4449 through the Gorge
Author: up3985

I just watched Rocky Mountain Express for the first time on YT and I'm suddenly very excited to see this new film.



Date: 04/14/18 14:42
Re: Pacing 4449 through the Gorge
Author: goduckies

This is great loved the close up!

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Date: 04/14/18 15:13
Re: Pacing 4449 through the Gorge
Author: nycman

That is why we love steam. Anyone unfamiliar with how a steam locomotive turns steam pressure into traction, will now understand after viewing that video. Nice job.



Date: 04/14/18 15:21
Re: Pacing 4449 through the Gorge
Author: HotWater

nycman Wrote:
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> That is why we love steam. Anyone unfamiliar with
> how a steam locomotive turns steam pressure into
> traction, will now understand after viewing that
> video. Nice job.


Actually steam locomotives are essentially "heat machines", thus it is the HEAT of the steam, and NOT the pressure of the steam, that produces the work, or Horse Power. Think heat of expansion. The steam only transfers the extreme heat from the fire, thru the valves and into the cylinders, where the work is performed.



Date: 04/14/18 17:25
Re: Pacing 4449 through the Gorge
Author: UP951West

Wonderful video. Enjoyed hearing how smooth the running gear moves at what ? 60 mph ? THANK YOU for sharing.



Date: 04/14/18 18:09
Re: Pacing 4449 through the Gorge
Author: Txhighballer

Smooth as a Singer sewing machine...beautiful!



Date: 04/14/18 19:20
Re: Pacing 4449 through the Gorge
Author: TCnR

Nicely done, watching the tender truck and the rest of the engine through the bump was interesting.
t4p.



Date: 04/14/18 19:22
Re: Pacing 4449 through the Gorge
Author: 4489

up3985 Wrote:
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> I just watched Rocky Mountain Express for the
> first time on YT and I'm suddenly very excited to
> see this new film.


This is a superb piece of video, and a superb machine.

If one has never seen Rocky Mountain Express don't wait, try to see it. And try to see it in it's full IMAX glory!!!



Date: 04/15/18 00:08
Re: Pacing 4449 through the Gorge
Author: hawkinsun

Incredible ! I had to watch it several times. Amazing how steady the video is.

Thanks for sharing this.

Craig Hanson
Vay, Idaho



Date: 04/15/18 07:48
Re: Pacing 4449 through the Gorge
Author: HotWater

Very well done. Nice view of Fireman Scott Gordon, watching and maintaining, a nice clean stack.



Date: 04/15/18 09:28
Re: Pacing 4449 through the Gorge
Author: flash34

Thanks Jack. We had a lot of fun this week.

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Date: 04/15/18 11:11
Re: Pacing 4449 through the Gorge
Author: SP2778

The SP 4449 is always good to see however my first view was Colton, summer 1949, SP 4449 was in helper service on Beaumont Hill.



Date: 04/15/18 11:28
Re: Pacing 4449 through the Gorge
Author: PlyWoody

Call that distracted driving- I love it. Wish I was there. Great track. Great Video.



Date: 04/15/18 11:47
Re: Pacing 4449 through the Gorge
Author: ngfan

Thanks for posting!!! When the Daylight moves it's always great to see.



Date: 04/15/18 11:49
Re: Pacing 4449 through the Gorge
Author: meixel

"Rocky Mountain Express" is available on Blu-Ray. I highly recommend it!

John Meixel
Longmont, CO



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