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Favortie Locomotive On UP Passenger Charters?

Tue Oct 25, 2011 9:43 am

DDA40Xs, are the worlds biggest and most powerful locomotives ever built. E9s are classic, beautiful and strong. E9s, span from the 30s to the 60s. Both these locomotives have been used on UPs passenger charter trains lately, so which one would you prefer to pull your train?
 
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RE: Favortie Locomotive On UP Passenger Charters?

Tue Oct 25, 2011 11:05 am

No. 844, followedd by the E9 in ABA, but the 844 actually beats anything else available in the USA.

I had the opportunity once to see her in a small place near Austin, it was worth spending the day, going up from houston. just for the pleasure of hearing the typical steam engine whistle and the exhaust sound on departure. Wonderful.
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RE: Favortie Locomotive On UP Passenger Charters?

Tue Oct 25, 2011 1:53 pm

I have taken trips behind the 844, 3985, and the E9s. I liked them all, but I really like the 844. I like the fact that the 844 never was retired by Union Pacific. After steam operations ended it was kept for ice melting work before it was put back into service for fan trips.
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RE: Favortie Locomotive On UP Passenger Charters?

Wed Oct 26, 2011 1:49 pm

Jebus, I didn't even know UP ran passenger charters...
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RE: Favortie Locomotive On UP Passenger Charters?

Tue Nov 01, 2011 7:59 pm

Easy. They don't. Almost all of the trips mentioned are either shipper's specials or inspection trips. They do offer a few seats for the general public on some trips, but you cannot buy a ticket from the railroad.
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RE: Favortie Locomotive On UP Passenger Charters?

Tue Nov 01, 2011 9:14 pm

BTW, I meant to thank the OP for this thread, and the threads that his current kick have spawned. I ended up watching some youtube videos of these locomotives and a few clicks and google searches later, I saw that UP 844 is currently on a tour and will be about a mile from my house two weeks from now. I plan to watch at a crossing and go see it serviced in downtown Gilbert, AZ on 11/12. I think it will pass back thru the following Tuesday and I'll probably catch that as well! So thanks!
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RE: Favortie Locomotive On UP Passenger Charters?

Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:22 pm

Quoting 57AZ (Reply 4):
They do offer a few seats for the general public on some trips, but you cannot buy a ticket from the railroad.


The trips I was on you would have been able to book any seat you wanted and had the money to pay for. There were coach, dome coach, 1st class and 1st class dome. They were sold through a trip sponsoring chapter of the National Railroad Historical Society. My parents even sold tickets for several trips in the 1990s. The local NRHS chapter hosted the trip and my mom and dad volunteered to sell tickets one day a week. The chapter's phone number was forwarded to their house for x amount of time and they would answer the phone and sell the tickets. They took credit card info or would tell people were to send checks or money orders to. The tickets would be sent out after a specified date telling people when and where to meet the train.

I never took any videos of my trips because Pentrex made videos of some of them and I just bought those. The pros at Pentrex made a lot better video than I could ever make. On a 1994 Pentrex video about a Frisco 1522 steam trip you can see me standing in a vestibule smoking. I also have a video from 2001 with me in it.
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RE: Favortie Locomotive On UP Passenger Charters?

Sat Nov 12, 2011 5:51 pm

For those interested enough to be in this thread...

UP 844 arrives in the PHX area today. It's been all over the local media so details should be easy to find if you want.
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