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A week of railway stuff! To start off, 539, In Williams rail station. Arizona, U.S.A. Dont know much about it,except it was built in 1917, and was huge!

 

"Locomotive No. 539 was built for the Northern Pacific Railroad in 1917. The locomotive ran on various lines, including the Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway, for 40 years before being retired to a civic-monument in Vancouver’s Esther Short Park. The locomotive was then moved to Battle Ground before being recently displaced by a park project.  The large locomotive arrived in Williams after being transported by rail from Battle Ground, Wash., aboard three flat cars. No. 539 will be the Railway’s largest locomotive in its steam fleet, which also includes locomotives Nos. 29 and 4960."

 

539...

A week of railway stuff! To start off, 539, In Williams rail station. Arizona, U.S.A. Dont know much about it,except it was built in 1917, and was huge!

 

"Locomotive No. 539 was built for the Northern Pacific Railroad in 1917. The locomotive ran on various lines, including the Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway, for 40 years before being retired to a civic-monument in Vancouver’s Esther Short Park. The locomotive was then moved to Battle Ground before being recently displaced by a park project.  The large locomotive arrived in Williams after being transported by rail from Battle Ground, Wash., aboard three flat cars. No. 539 will be the Railway’s largest locomotive in its steam fleet, which also includes locomotives Nos. 29 and 4960."

 

comments (13)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 25 Aug 2014, 00:42
Love your heroic perspective on it, too, Frank.
Frank L Croston.: Thanks, Ray, it was difficult to capture the size of this beast, it was most impressive.
Even I was impressed with this one! Hopefully we'll see her running in a few weeks?
I think black & white is perfect for this image, Frank!
Frank L Croston.: See, it's working....I hope we do, thanks Elizabeth,and thanks for finding the information about this beauty.
This is fabulous, Frank. I have been to Williams to take the train ride to the Grand Canyon. What a great place and memory.
Frank L Croston.: Thank you, Ginnie, it is a great place,I've been a few times now,we hope to see this running in a few weeks,as most days they use a diesel engine.
Cracking picture Frank. These old American steam locos were huge!
Frank L Croston.: Thanks, Bill, yes they are, the driving wheels on this were just short of six feet high, it was immense!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 25 Aug 2014, 07:32
Very impressive - wouldn't it be wonderful to see her with a belly-full of steam once more..
Frank L Croston.: Very, Chris, we hope to do just that in a few weeks time,I'll keep you posted...smile
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Aug 2014, 07:33
I like your point of view very much. I also like the way the light highlights parts of the locomotive.

If you are able to Durango, I'll show you proper working steam locos smile
Frank L Croston.: Thanks, Alan, it was difficult to capture, glad you think it's ok. Don't worry,we plan on seeing you in Durango, I'm looking forward to it. smile
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 25 Aug 2014, 07:53
Living in Arizona must have opened up lots more old engines for you, Frank
Frank L Croston.: There are a couple of steam lines still running, and a couple of steam loco's used as monuments, Elisabeth.Also, we are hoping to meet up with, Alan Rolfe on his next trip to America, We are going on a steam train through the Rockies from Durango,in Colorado. Not what I expected to be doing the first time we met,eh? smile
  • gutteridge
  • Where latitude and attitude meet
  • 25 Aug 2014, 08:17
That is a large torch on the front Frank, I wonder how many aa batteries it takes?
Frank L Croston.: I think you'll find it uses pp9's Chad....smile
It will be a fine beast when it's up and running.
Frank L Croston.: We hope to see it in a few weeks, Michael,it will be pulling a special to the Grand canyon, I'll let you know.
B&W was THE way to go here
Frank L Croston.: Definitely, Chantal..smile
This is some Loco complete with cow catcher up front
Frank L Croston.: It certainly is, Martin....
Great angle and the b/w is superb...
Frank L Croston.: Thanks, Larry, much appreciated.
I hope you get to see her running Frank, what a beauty. BTW I note Elizabeth refers to the engine as 'her', she's learning fast smile
Frank L Croston.: Isn't she, Brian, we hope to see her in a few weeks, she's slowly coming round,this one, fully fired up,and lots of steam could do it....smile

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