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Date: 02/25/21 03:11
This Impressive Steam Power Pauses Briefly On Her Run!
Author: LoggerHogger

A cool spring morning in April, 1946 finds Northern Pacific 4-8-4 @2670 stopped at the station in Missoula, Montana to drop off an d pick up passengers and packages.  She is quite a sight in the early morning sunshine.

#2670 is less than 5 years old in this photo.  In 1951 she will receive a new welded boiler to replace the one she was built with seen here.  Sadly, in 1958 her operating days will be over and she will be taken back to Brainerd, Minnesota to be scrapped.

In this photo,  she looks like she could run forever.

Martin



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 02/25/21 03:22 by LoggerHogger.




Date: 02/25/21 03:41
Re: This Impressive Steam Power Pauses Briefly On Her Run!
Author: masterphots

Given the history of some other 1941 4-8-4s, i.e.  700, 3751 (rebuilt 1941), 4449,  she probably could run forever.



Date: 02/25/21 05:55
Re: This Impressive Steam Power Pauses Briefly On Her Run!
Author: Arved

I've been gaining an affection for the bruitish look of NP steam lately. Thanks for this photo.

I never cease to be amazed by the depth of your photo collection, and appreciate your sharing it with us here.

Arved Grass
Fleming Island, FL
Arved Grass



Date: 02/25/21 06:21
Re: This Impressive Steam Power Pauses Briefly On Her Run!
Author: Keystone1

Does anyone have a picture of the 700 relettered to resemble one of these?



Date: 02/25/21 08:24
Re: This Impressive Steam Power Pauses Briefly On Her Run!
Author: WoodwardEJ

Since Keystone1 asked, here are some photos of SP&S #700 masquerading as NP #2668.  These were taken at Brooklyn Roundhouse in Portland, OR on July 19, 1992 during the Northern Pacific Railway Historical Association convention.  There was a plan for SP&S #700 to wear this same costume on the Billings MT to Bozeman MT leg of the Montana by Steam trip in 2002; however, someone stole a portion of the costume, so that plan was shelved.






Date: 02/25/21 12:55
Re: This Impressive Steam Power Pauses Briefly On Her Run!
Author: patd3985

WoodwardEJ Wrote:
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> Since Keystone1 asked, here are some photos of
> SP&S #700 masquerading as NP #2668.  These were
> taken at Brooklyn Roundhouse in Portland, OR on
> July 19, 1992 during the Northern Pacific Railway
> Historical Association convention.  There was a
> plan for SP&S #700 to wear this same costume on
> the Billings MT to Bozeman MT leg of the Montana
> by Steam trip in 2002; however, someone stole a
> portion of the costume, so that plan was shelved

Stole a portion of the costume?.. Please elaborate!



Date: 02/25/21 13:04
Re: This Impressive Steam Power Pauses Briefly On Her Run!
Author: WoodwardEJ

See Jim700's post for more on the costume theft.       Why not SP&S 700 for TrainFestival? (trainorders.com)



Date: 02/25/21 14:40
Re: This Impressive Steam Power Pauses Briefly On Her Run!
Author: Keystone1

WoodwardEJ.   Beautiful, simply beautiful.   I wish I was there for that one.    So...why not do again?   It has been twenty years!



Date: 02/25/21 17:47
Re: This Impressive Steam Power Pauses Briefly On Her Run!
Author: tomstp

Getting a new boiler in just 10 years is unusual.  



Date: 02/26/21 04:45
Re: This Impressive Steam Power Pauses Briefly On Her Run!
Author: Keystone1

Well...if the problem is, that the Northern Pacific lettering was stolen.......   if we can put a man on the moon..  (oh, you know the rest).        Let's see her lettered N.P. again.   It becomes an all new locomotive, at a very low cost.



Date: 02/26/21 06:49
Re: This Impressive Steam Power Pauses Briefly On Her Run!
Author: LarryDoyle

tomstp Wrote:
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> Getting a new boiler in just 10 years is unusual.
>  


IIRC they were built with nickle-steel boilers which proved to be unsuitable for locomotive service.

-LD



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/26/21 08:17 by LarryDoyle.



Date: 02/27/21 09:17
Re: This Impressive Steam Power Pauses Briefly On Her Run!
Author: coach

That NP engine is very, vern handsome--and it reminds me in many ways of ATSF's Northerns.  The headlight and bell placement are perfect for a good looking engine.  But look at the smokestack extension--just like ATSF Northerns had.  Is it a Baldwin product?  Big, brutish and wonderful.  Definitely built for speed.  Great photo!



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/27/21 09:18 by coach.



Date: 02/28/21 03:44
Re: This Impressive Steam Power Pauses Briefly On Her Run!
Author: LoggerHogger

Yes, she was built by Baldwin.

Martin



Date: 03/01/21 16:35
Re: This Impressive Steam Power Pauses Briefly On Her Run!
Author: kurtarmbruster

A magnificent portrait of NP's finest. Who was the photographer, please?



Date: 03/01/21 18:28
Re: This Impressive Steam Power Pauses Briefly On Her Run!
Author: WoodwardEJ

Photographer is very likely Ron V Nixon of Missoula, MT - see his photo RVN09725 at Steam Locomotive List (morphotoarchive.org)



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