In this view is American Locomotive Company's engine 2295 in front of Boise, Idaho's passenger depot. ALCO (American Locomotive Co.) was the second largest steam engine builder in America after Baldwin, producing over 75,000 locomotives.
ALCO engine #2295 was built in 1920, and hauled freight between Cheyenne and Laramie, Wyoming. Later it was the last steam engine working between Pocatello and Boise, Idaho. In 1959 the Union Pacific Railroad donated it to the City of Boise, where it rests today in front of the rail station.
Playing and working with model trains and track in my youth, then training as a transportation agent/analyst helped parlay my skills into working for California's Rail Division.
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bona (12478) 2013-10-08 11:10
great photo of this big train exposed in front of the church. It remember me the Bakc to the Future film train.
Pretty church is that one.
ikeharel (56066) 2013-10-09 22:20
Good morning Ray,
I come from a country that have not even one single Steam-engine, so for me it is an attractive subject after all.
In 7/1978 took an Amtrak cross-country ride, stopped for an hour in Cheyenne, WY, once got off the RR station on 15th street, saw a huge black locomotive #3985, see Wikipedia page found, also ALCO made. Since you mentioned Cheyenne – I went on Google-map and taken the small orange-man figure for a "stroll" - the engine is no longer there. 41.1318,-104.8145 on the map. Probably had been moved to UP RR-museum in Cheyenne.
Saw another locomotive in the Smithsonian, Washington DC.
Nice pic. on its front view, good depth along its length, heavy metal in contrast to the white edifice on BG.
elenimavrandoni (14249) 2013-10-12 15:55
Ray, one time I've seen one like it in Bismarck North Dakota, so nice that they restore them and keep them so everybody can enjoy seeing them as parts of an museum these days..I like your angle and the addition of the beautiful building in the background...nice work!!
thanks for visiting me!
serp2000 (39578) 2013-10-22 4:08
Suddenly it reminds me an old song of Shocking Blue "Never Married a Railroad Man" )) Excellent photo, fine details of the Locomotive and good comparison with the white building.
I remember from school time that a coefficient of efficiency of a steam enging is 7%, but a coefficient of efficienc of an car engine is 30% (if TURBO may be 50%) and a car (with the wheels, transmission etc.) less 20%. ))) Evolution!