JULY 2019: The Railfan & Railroad Steam Team heads out to Utah for the debut of Union Pacific’s Big Boy 4014 and the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the driving of the Golden Spike at Promontory Summit. All this and more in the July issue of Railfan & Railroad!
Union Pacific did the impossible when it pulled Big Boy 4-8-8-4 no. 4014 from a museum display in 2014 and embarked on an ambitious five year rebuild and restoration to return the largest operating steam locomotive in the world.
In June 1989, I made the first of what became yearly pilgrimages to Attica, where Conrail and D&H roamed, where pushers still shoved tonnage up the 1.15 percent hill east of town, and not far from where a quaint little tourist line still chuffed through the countryside with the word “Attica” in its name.
Let me stress quickly that this isn’t a column about aviation, but it is a column about aviation safety as it relates to railroads. There are huge differences in attitudes about safety between the two modes, but there are also some ways in which attitudes are almost exactly the same.