Union Pacific 2018 Calendar
The Union Pacific pioneered transcontinental rail service. Eventually,
running freight through half of America meant long consists hauled
by some of the largest locomotives ever built. Reaching back to the
end of the steam era, Union Pacific pictures giants ranging from
mainline Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 “Big Boys” and Challenger 4-6-6-4s,
to the most powerful single-unit locomotive ever built, the 6,600hp
EMD Centennial. Steam on!
Published by Tide-mark, the Union Pacific 2018 wall calendar opens to 13.75 x 20.5 inches.
Locomotives and trains featured in the 2018 calendar include:
Oregon-Washington Railroad and Navigation Company 2121, a 2-8-2 transferred from the Northwest, is being prepared for a local freight at the busy La Salle, Colorado roundhouse on a frigid January 9, 1955. Consolidation 6070 looks like it will be first out.
Union Pacific Northerns 844 and 839 are being serviced at the Grand Island, Nebraska engine terminal in preparation for some fast freight service on October 28, 1958. For a three month period from the end of August to the end of November 1958, nineteen of the 800’s were placed in a Council Bluff to North Platte freight pool. Here are two of those nineteen.
Union Pacific Streamliner CD-06 is coming through Denver, Colorado with the “City of Denver” on August 2, 1949.
Union Pacific 6903 leads an eastbound freight up Cajon Pass about a mile west of Summit, California in October 1969. The two nearly new EMD Model DDA40X Centennials, with an assist from another locomotive in this view were the most powerful Diesel Locomotives ever built. UP owned 46 of these behemoths; 6903 was built in July 1969,but it was the first one off the roster, destroyed in an accident on April 6, 1974, not far from where this picture was taken.
Union Pacific 3980 and 3992 (Both are 4-6-6-4 Challengers.) are working a westbound freight through a Spring snowstorm at Granite Canyon, Wyoming on May 17, 1952.
Union Pacific Northern 805 is a point helper, assisting Big Boy 4014 on a westbound reefer block through the west switch at West Speer, Wyoming on #3 track, a few miles west of Cheyenne on September 29, 1957.
Union Pacific Veranda Turbine 63 leads an eastbound freight through the daisies a mile west of Archer, Wyoming on August 22, 1957. In 1954, Union Pacific received another batch of 4,500 horsepower turbines, fifteen of them numbered from 61 to 75. The body design was such that a walkway for mechanical access was added; the walkway brought about the name. This series was also delivered without a fuel tank, but all received one in either late 1955 or early 1956. By June of 1964, all were off the roster.
Union Pacific Big Boy 4004 is on an eastbound manifest freight, on the approach to Hermosa, Wyoming on August 29, 1958. Eight Big Boys were saved and are on display. 4004, one of the eight, stayed close to home; it is in display at Cheyenne.
Union Pacific 9014 is drifting light through Fremont, NE on September 2, 1952. 9014, a 4-12-2 Union Pacific Type locomotive, was a three-cylinder engine built by the American Locomotive Works in 1926. In all, Alco built eighty-eight of them, all for the UP. They were the longest rigid frame locomotive ever built and operated on any United States railroad. Even though they were good performers, all were out of service by mid-1956. Today, only the 9000, the first one, still exists and is on display at Pomona, California. Photograph by Neal Miller
UP-9---It was the early evening of August 14, 1955. The photographer had just taken a picture of a 4000 on a westbound freight here at Hermosa, Wyoming. Thinking he had a little time, he walked down to his car and opened a can of beans. He was about half done with his evening repast when the Second Section of Train #27 popped out of the Hermosa Tunnel. Many of us know the drill. Toss away the food and scramble to get a picture. Somehow, the can of beans wound up in the picture along with Northern 830 West. At rail fan slide shows that fall, this was known as “Neal’s Bean Can Shot.” For a grab shot, this one came out pretty well, don’t you think?
Union Pacific Turbine 59 has come to the aid of a four unit westbound freight that has stalled near Harriman, Wyoming on September 18, 1954. With #59 added as a point helper, they will be underway soon. 59 was one of ten 4,500 horsepower gas-turbine electrics, all with a self-contained fuel tank. In 1955, auxiliary fuel tanks were added to them, providing a longer operating range for them, which made for more efficient operations.. But by 1964, only 58 and 59 remained in service, and in June of that year they were also retired.
It is September 18, 1956, and Union Pacific 3817, a 4-6-6-4 early Challenger, is on the point of Train #344, a mixed train to Denver. It is almost departure time, 7:45PM, with a scheduled arrival in Denver at 11:50PM.