Re: UP 4014 Steaming Ability
Date: 07-13-2019 - 09:13
> If any of you purchased a classic car and spent
> substantial funds restoring it, would you push it
> to it's limits whenever you took it for a drive?
> Of course not! You have too much money invested.
> Why then, should UP tack 200 cars to the 4014 just
> to please you? It's serving it PR purpose just
> fine as it is.
Nobody is asking for 200 cars but running it like they have over the last two days is little better than seeing it dead in tow from Pomona to Cheyenne.
They must have had the blower on all the way since she isn't even working hard enough to pull a draft. Whenever Dickens does work steam, he runs with the cylinder cocks open the whole time. I guess he thinks that looks "cool".
In all the video I have seen since Monday, I have heard stack talk exactly one time. and that was soft at that. I've yet to hear the engine bark, since she's been out on the road and I'm beginning to think I never will.
That's OK though, Ed is hanging on the whistle cord the whole way and all of his fanboys are getting their jollies watching him hang way out the window like some Hollywood Casey Jones caricature. The townies and daisy-pickers wouldn't know difference anyway.
The chuckle-heads at Trains Magazine are pimping it for all it's worth (so they can hawk their special commemorative issues and videos)so this must be the "right" way to operate 4014.
One fanboy on the UP Facebook page said this ridiculous babying is the way she should be run and that the APL stack train "stunt" is why 3985 is not running today. Then he went on to disparage Steve Lee and the rest of the previous crew.
First off, that's ludicrous. If that were the case, and these things are that "delicate" then put them back in museums where they'll be "safe" and be done with it.
I'm happy that I have many hours of video that I shot of big steam from the '80s and '90s, when guys like Steve Lee and his counterparts knew how to show what those machines could do.