Caser, I wish I was going to be there on that train. I am going to have to catch it on youtube I'm afraid.
A friend told me last night that tickets for the domed cars were $5K. They sold out in 12 minutes of UPRR posting the tickets for sale on the web. Supposedly they have some none dome sets at $3K. Crazy!
Ed eluded to it in a video interview last year when talking about the oil burner. They don't plan on working heavy freight trains with Big Boy. Only pulling passenger excursions. Shame! The challenger put on a hell of a show on some very long freight trains over the years. One of them was a 143 car container train unassisted.Interesting. I hadn't considered the possibility of their having installed insufficient burner capacity to achieve rated HP from the engine. But it makes sense, if they're not really planning on working it.