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Big Boy locomotive in DSM

The Big Boy locomotive visited Des Moines August 1, 2019 as part of Union Pacific's celebration of the 150 year anniversary of the transcontinental railroad. At 130 feet long and 1.2 million lbs, this is the world's largest steam locomotive. It is hinged in the middle to allow it to navigate turns. In the video, you can see the engine leaning as it navigates a 45 degree turn. YouTube video of the train in motion, with steam and whistle, give some sense of the power of this engine, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igFnOcgUOhk&feature=youtu.be
On display
On display
Big crowd at the Fairgrounds
Big crowd at the Fairgrounds
Gigs and train
Gigs and train
Long train, auxiliary diesel
Long train, auxiliary diesel
18 feet tall
18 feet tall
engineer.jpg
engineer.jpg
Making steam
Making steam
Underway
Underway
Rounding the bend
Rounding the bend
Slow turn
Slow turn
Made the ground shake, earsplitting horn
Made the ground shake, earsplitting horn
Gigs
Gigs
Engulfed
Engulfed
Leans into turn
Leans into turn
More leaning, very slow turn
More leaning, very slow turn