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Date: 10/03/19 05:02
UP Big Boy... 4012 to be restored....... (cosmetically)
Author: hkyman16

Don't know if this has been posted yet, but over on the FB page of Steamtown NHS, they've released a statement that the BigBoy 4012 is going to be asbestos abated and cosmetically restored. Glad they're paying some attention to her.




Date: 10/03/19 05:08
Re: UP Big Boy... 4012 to be restored....... (cosmetically)
Author: Spoony81

Hope they do a much better job then they did the last time.

Posted from iPhone



Date: 10/03/19 05:30
Re: UP Big Boy... 4012 to be restored....... (cosmetically)
Author: warren1977

Spoony81 Wrote:
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> Hope they do a much better job then they did the
> last time.
>
> Posted from iPhone

This is what it looked like at Railfest 2015.
I was informed  the paint started bubbling within months of the job  being done by contract painters.






Date: 10/03/19 06:28
Re: UP Big Boy... 4012 to be restored....... (cosmetically)
Author: co614

For us old timers let's hope they do it on a better schedule than the 20 years it took them to restore a little 0-6-0 to service???  Your Federal gov't at its finest.

   Hope springs eternal. Ross Rowland



Date: 10/03/19 08:04
Re: UP Big Boy... 4012 to be restored....... (cosmetically)
Author: ctjacks

This will be at least the 3rd time they have done a cosmetic restoration of this engine in the past 25 years.  I suggest they put it inside or at least under a roof this time, or otherwise they will be back redoing this work in a few years.



Date: 10/03/19 08:09
Re: UP Big Boy... 4012 to be restored....... (cosmetically)
Author: HotWater

hkyman16 Wrote:
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> Don't know if this has been posted yet, but over
> on the FB page of Steamtown NHS, they've released
> a statement that the BigBoy 4012 is going to be
> asbestos abated and cosmetically restored.

Surprised that there is still asbestos on 4012, after the various "restorations" that have been done on it. I didn't see anything in that article about "asbestos abatement".

Glad
> they're paying some attention to her.

 



Date: 10/03/19 08:14
Re: UP Big Boy... 4012 to be restored....... (cosmetically)
Author: KY_Railfan

warren1977 Wrote:
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> Spoony81 Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Hope they do a much better job then they did
> the
> > last time.
> >
> > Posted from iPhone
>
> This is what it looked like at Railfest 2015.
> I was informed  the paint started bubbling within
> months of the job  being done by contract
> painters.
Poor surface prep is what will cause paint to bubble, My late father used to paint barns, barn roofs, grain bins etc. The company he bought his paint from told him they couldn't make a paint that was guaranteed to peel. It's all in your surface prep. If you don't remove oxidation etc. from the surface before you start you won't get a good result.



Date: 10/03/19 08:34
Re: UP Big Boy... 4012 to be restored....... (cosmetically)
Author: dbesade

co614 Wrote:
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> Your Federal gov't at its finest.

Ross,

If the feds moved quickly, someone would scream discrimination or that they were left out of the bidding process, etc. Like it or not, the reason things take so long is a mixture of budget appropriation and contract bidding process. If you wish to propose a private/public partnership and can get it done quicker, then you should put your money where your mouth is. I believe you have been working on some "long term" projects yourself, between ATF 2 and the 614.

Regards,

David



Date: 10/03/19 08:42
Re: UP Big Boy... 4012 to be restored....... (cosmetically)
Author: Bridge60

Asbestos abatement is part of the contract.  This is actually the first time the 4012 will have any serious work done to it since it was aquired by Steamtown - repainting does not qualify as a restoration.  Several years ago the park had several engines abated and painted, they've held up well since then as compared to the quickie spray jobs we've seen.  Most of the "big" engines are kept inside now, with the exception of the 4012 that's simply too long for any of the buildings on site.  Far be it for facts to get in the way of a good narrative, but 759, 2124, 6039 and a host of smaller engines have all been abated, cosmetically restored and moved under cover over the last few years.

A for the 26, it was "only" down for 17 years (yes, still way too long).  The government moves way slower than we'd like.  Such is life.

Maybe someone can paint the 614 next.
 
 



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/03/19 08:44 by Bridge60.



Date: 10/03/19 09:15
Re: UP Big Boy... 4012 to be restored....... (cosmetically)
Author: burlingtonjohn

Last time I checked, Green Bay is east of the Mississippi River .... home to UP 4017 at the National Railroad Museum .....

Regards,
Burlington John
 



Date: 10/03/19 10:32
Re: UP Big Boy... 4012 to be restored....... (cosmetically)
Author: Mgoldman

Bridge60 Wrote:
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> Far be it for facts to get in
> the way of a good narrative, but 759, 2124, 6039
> and a host of smaller engines have all been
> abated, cosmetically restored and moved under
> cover over the last few years.

Good examples, Dave.  I don't know what Ross was
thinking when he said what he said - I mean, it's 2019.
This ain't the Age of Steam any more, lol.   ; )

> A for the 26, it was "only" down for 17 years
> (yes, still way too long).  The government moves
> way slower than we'd like.  Such is life.

No. 26 was previously owned by Jerry Jacobson of the
famed Ohio Central. He had restored it to operation on
site in 1981, a mere two years after purchasing the
locomotive from the owners of the former Jackson Iron
and Steel Co.

The government does indeed move slow!

> Maybe someone can paint the 614 next.
 
No. 614 still looks pretty good, albeit, in green on display
at Clifton Forge, VA.  Maybe Ross can move it to Strasburg
to fill in for 611 after she leaves for Spencer, lol.

Great news regarding 4012, still.  She needed some work.
Maybe we'll finally see her with rods connected? and (gasp),
a normal number board!
 
/Mitch




Date: 10/03/19 10:36
Re: UP Big Boy... 4012 to be restored....... (cosmetically)
Author: Mgoldman

Meant to add - an opportunity to see and photograph No. 4012 on display somewhere
other than where it's been parked for decades - perhaps AFTER the restoration, Steamtown
will make an opportunity of it - raise a few extra dollars for other projects.

/Mitch



Date: 10/03/19 10:59
Re: UP Big Boy... 4012 to be restored....... (cosmetically)
Author: NKP779

It is noteworthy that the photo shows the BB on the turntable, minus tender.

Posted from Android



Date: 10/03/19 11:47
Re: UP Big Boy... 4012 to be restored....... (cosmetically)
Author: Tominde

For a while yesterday there were 2 Big Boys in motion simultaneously.  When is the last time that happened!



Date: 10/03/19 13:48
Re: UP Big Boy... 4012 to be restored....... (cosmetically)
Author: Bridge60

Mgoldman Wrote:
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> Meant to add - an opportunity to see and
> photograph No. 4012 on display somewhere
> other than where it's been parked for decades -
> perhaps AFTER the restoration, Steamtown
> will make an opportunity of it - raise a few extra
> dollars for other projects.
>
> /Mitch

Mitch, I like your idea.  Perhaps something akin to the recent 2124 night shoot.



Date: 10/03/19 15:07
Re: UP Big Boy... 4012 to be restored....... (cosmetically)
Author: BKLJ611

co614 Wrote:
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> For us old timers let's hope they do it on a
> better schedule than the 20 years it took them to
> restore a little 0-6-0 to service???  Your
> Federal gov't at its finest.
>
>    Hope springs eternal. Ross Rowland

I helped disasemble the 0-6-0 when I was a high schooler at NRHS Railcamp in the year 2000. They planned on having it in service within a few years time. No one at Railcamp had any idea it would take until we were all in our mid 30's before the locomotive would operate again! 



Date: 10/03/19 15:26
Re: UP Big Boy... 4012 to be restored....... (cosmetically)
Author: nycman

Did we not read recently that there is a $19 million/year budget there?



Date: 10/03/19 20:58
Re: UP Big Boy... 4012 to be restored....... (cosmetically)
Author: Bridge60

For better or worse it's in the 5 million range, if I recall.

Posted from Android



Date: 10/04/19 00:24
Re: UP Big Boy... 4012 to be restored....... (cosmetically)
Author: kurt765

There's a video of the locomotive sans tender being backed up on youtube. The sound! I guess it's the track? (crying out in pain?)

The exact video is called "Union Pacific Big Boy #4012 at Steamtown Scranton PA" by user Railfan Depot

 



Date: 10/04/19 05:25
Re: UP Big Boy... 4012 to be restored....... (cosmetically)
Author: Bridge60

They just had a contractor rebuild the shop leads and switches, otherwise I doubt the track would have held up.



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