Henry Benn writes ..........
The Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 Articulated Mallet is the most beautiful and useful locomotive the world has ever seen.
This locomotive was given to the National Railroad Museum by E. R. Harriman, Chairman, and A. F. Stoddard, President, of the Union Pacific Railroad. On July 8, 1961, Vice-President E. H. Bailey, presented this locomotive to the National Railroad Museum at the formal opening of the Museum.
The 4017 was accepted for the Museum by H. E. Fuller, Chairman.
This locomotive is one of the 25 built in 1941 and 1942, termed Big Boys.
They are the largest steam locomotive ever built.
The Big Boys represent the supreme achievement of the age of steam. This locomotive operated from 1942 to 1949, over a million miles between Cheyenne and Laramie, Wy. and Ogden, Utah.
This locomotive could haul a 6000 ton train at seventy miles per hour. The Big Boys hauled over a million tons of freight for the Union Pacific.
Driving Wheel 68 inches, Tractive Force 135.375 lbs., Height 16' 10', Boiler Pressure 300 lbs per sq. in., Grate Area 150.3 sq. ft., Firebox 19' 7' x 8, Total Weight 560 tons. Length 132' 10', Tender Capacity 28000 water - 28 tons coal.
The 4017 was hauled from Council Bluffs to Green Bay by the Milwaukee Railroad. The Northwestern, from Green Bay to the Museum.
Henry Benn Ord, Nebraska
Mr. Beckemeyer writes..........
Just a few comments on articles by Blaker and the 'Baker Fan' article by Lyle Hoff master in the Jan. Feb. issue. I think Mr. Hoff master gave some of the ole-know it all boys something to chew on for a while. I believe I would be considered among one of the young hobbyist and do certainly see no point in proving which engine has the most power and efficiency over any other engine or make, especially this day and age. It's a dirty shame in my opinion, the way these engines are made to labor on a brake just to prove a 'few old engineers' hard headed opinions.
These old kettles are nothing but a hobby and show piece and lets keep it that way. Should one of these engines ever blow up while in a crowd, I'm sure some of us, if we survive, will wish we had never seen an engine.
Now fellows don't take me wrong as I have no intentions of handing out black eyes or on the other hand bouquets. All I wish to bring to mind is the question of what is really important!- - -I enjoy going to reunions and visiting with you people, seeing and hearing the engines run, so let us be reasonable as we have nothing to sell but a hobby and lets keep it safe for our own good and the public who come to share our hobby and enthusiasm.
H. E. Backemeyer Tolono, Illinois