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A bit of distraction from all that's going on right now..

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My work involves me restoring heritage narrow gauge Victorian railway carriages for a little line in North Devon. 

But last year saw the return to the rails in the USA something a little bigger, a huge steam engine, the biggest ever made, the 'Big Boy' Union Pacific 4014.

Below is a clip of a 'chase', within the clip you see UP 4014 and UP 844. The combined length of the two engines is roughly 230ft (91m), a combined weight of 2,625,550lb, or 980 metric tonnes. They both together produce 11,500hp at the drawbar and produce 201,040lbft tractive effort.

Sheer power of a bygone age. 




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