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Intriguing. I've never seen one like this before. Is the front section a separate power unit, or is it all one locomotive?
It is an intriguing design steam engine but was made for long haul freight.

The AD60 Class 4-8-4+4-8-4 Beyer-Garratt patent consists of a boiler carried on a separate frame in the centre of the locomotive and supported by the frames of the two engines, one at each end. The locomotive thus consists of three parts: a water tank, a fixed chassis supporting a boiler and a rear engine unit carrying a coal bunker and water tank. The standard gauge coupled axle loading of 16 long tons (16.3 t; 17.9 short tons) and able to negotiate 6-chain (120 m) curves.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_South_Wales_AD60_class_locomotive (this has not been updated for its latest details which is now part of the NSW Railway Museum.
Here is the water tanker at the end (but looks extra long with the wide angle lens used).

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Canadian Pacific 7017 and company crew changing at Kipp just west of Lethbridge. 7017 is painted in the original Maroon and Grey of the CP and is one of a number of new units so treated. Taken on a grey
miserable day just off the side of Highway 3.
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Here is my one and only still photo of UP 4140. I took a crappy video that I may try to fix. I also tried to get to the next stop, but a 5 car pile up of train chasers and a road that didn't really go through (MAP LIED), so I missed it's departure.

View attachment 778785EM126032-1 by Harvey Richards, on Flickr

And the video:

Harvey, I was in a tire shop today and a 89 year old retired engineer was there and we got to talking about the Big Boy 4140. He said the thing got rushed because Santa Fe did not want it on their rails as it was throwing off their schedule. He said he drove out to Victorville, CA to see it and missed it as it was ahead of schedule and did not stop there as planned. Seems the RR argues sometimes about their rails and usage.

Learned it burns oil for the steam looks while the diesel was pushing it. I learned also they spray oil on the rails as the wheel flanges would wear out the rails prematurely on turns. Then they also spray silica sand for traction too at times. He said to visit the locomotive museum in Sacramento sometime as they had a lot of old steam clunkers they pushed there from back east.

Interesting old guy. He's got a nice $7K retirement pension too from the RR. Was pretty spry for being 89 too, just his hearing was weak from all the years of engine noise.
 

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It's actually 4014, not 4140. And the thing is self propelled, the diesels are not pushing her. They may help to reduce oil and water usage on long stretches, but she is carrying herself along. The diesels main job is brakes. I had the opportunity to see her on two different trips. A steam engine sounds very different between working and going along for the ride. I am only aware of once where they used oil on the tracks to help her around a turn, and that was at 'home plate' at UP headquarters. That's to help her go around a very tight corner.

Unfortunately there are a lot of railroaders that keep propagating the myth that 4014 was just being pushed the whole time and it was all a show. I won't go into details as this is not the forum for such, but it has a lot to do with bad blood towards the head of the UP steam crew.
 

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Viaduct at Mirandol - Chemin de Stevenson-2018-D7-06 by Andrew Priest, on Flickr

Our first sighting of the rather impressive Mirandol Viaduct at the hamlet of Mirandol, only a short walk from Chasserades.

Day 7 of 12 – Chasserades to Le Bleymard: Walking the Chemin de Stevenson (GR 70 Robert Louis Stevenson Trail) in the south of France.
 
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