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U.P. ‘Big Boy’ 4-8-8-4 At ‘Steamtown’, PA — The Restoration Plans (THE Scoop).

by Anura Guruge


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ONE of the problems.

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The Headlines:

  1. Major problem is asbestos (lots of it) and the huge cost of getting it off.
  2. No plans, whatsoever, for MECHANICAL restoration (too far gone, way too expensive) — so just cosmetic restoration.
  3. Only way to move it, for asbestos removal in a contained, airtight space, is through the Turntable.
  4. Too long for the Turntable — tender needs to be separated from engine.

That is what they have had to contend with.

I lucked out. Got a chance to have a nice, chat with a very knowledgeable, longtime volunteer who was touching up the paint on the beautifully restored (though mechanically inert) Reading 2124. He gave me the scoop.

Unlike the UP 4014 ‘Big Boy’, doing the laps in the Midwest, UP 4012 is unlikely to ever run again. It cost $4.8 million to restore the 4014 and the entire annual budget of ‘Steamtown‘ is $4.2M. Plus, there are no tracks in Pennsylvania that can accomodate the Big Boy. The curves are all too tight! The Big Boy was built for the West!

They have to get it into a contained building in order to get rid of the asbestos. Only way, via rails, is through the Turntable. But, the tender has to be separated from the engine so that they will each fit. This requires the built-in drawbar to be cut. They plan to do that when the weather gets cooler, in September or October. Then they will haul it out via the Turntable.

They also need a new ‘jacket’ for the engine. Restoration will take at least a year.

So, that is the story.



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A Cheap Jensen Record Player Rounded Off My ‘Now You Are 60’ Christmas Of Nostalgia.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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I did not know about the toy tin train or the Queen’s coronation cover,
but I had asked for a big Poppy Pin from the U.K.
and a Jensen record player (turntable).

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Why I hadn’t got a Jensen earlier is just another one of those inexplicable mysteries that litter my life.

Yes, I have two (I think) turntables and a few old amplifiers and speakers stored in various nooks and crannies
but they have never been hooked up.

I did have a record player when we lived in Gilford but I gave it away
because I planned to get a new one. Well that was 7 years ago.

My last real system was my Linn Sondek, Naim and Linn Isobarik
system, which I had bought in the U.K.,
in 1981 when I first started doing public seminars.

I just checked eBay. The prices are crazy.
I think they were crazy in 1981 but my finances were different.
I don’t need a Linn right now — or ever.

There was a time when I had over 600 LPs.

I whittled that down to about 300 when we lived in Gilford.

Then I decided just to keep the very special ones and threw the others away.

I now have about 60 — most from the late 1960s and early 1970.

They have seen a lot of use.

I would cringe have a $500 Klyde cartridge traversing those grooves.

Actually haven’t bothered to check what the cartridge situation
is with the Jensen.

OK. I just checked. ~$35. Hhhhmmm.

I had, and still have, some very esoteric, eclectic, kind-of-folksy
taste in music. Here are some of the LPs that I have
been listening to, again, with the Jensen.

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I had genuinely missed the ‘Strawbs‘.
‘The Man Who Called Himself Jesus’ still does numbers on me.

I saw the ‘Strawbs’, kind of by mistake, in 1969.

‘If it was so simple’ by ‘Longdancer‘ is my theme song for life.

Pentangle‘ should have been bigger.

I saw ‘Quintessence‘ in Swansea in 1972 or 1973.

“Matthew’s Southern Comfort”.
That is WHY my son is called “Matthew”!
That tells its own story.
I wanted to call him ‘Gordon’ after my all time hero Gordon Greenidge.
I was told I couldn’t because it sounded too Judaic!
Never understood that. So the compromise was: Matthew Gordon Guruge.
The only child that I named that has a middle name.


If You Have $28,000 Burning A Hole In Your Pocket, You May Want To Consider Getting One Of These.

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It is the featured, cover item in the latest issue of the Hammacher Schlemmer catalog. I never did understand why we are on their distribution list since we are way outside their demographics. This is a catalog for the rich. Not last Christmas, but the Christmas before, I kind of felt guilty that I keep on getting the catalog so I ordered one of their cheaper offerings — a supposedly foldable, portable, crank-powered slot-car racing kit. The kids like slot cars, but they tend to destroy the track. The promise of this kit was that the track neatly folded back into a case so that it would not be lying around to be stepped on. Here, I found a picture.


It was fun, especially being able to adjust the speed of the cars by how fast you cranked — but the track sure did not fold back, neatly, into the case as promised. I would have get it. But, Deanna was having none of it. As far as she was concerned it did not do what it was supposed to do. In general she, being American, takes care of returns. I have never really mastered the whole notion and always feel bad if I have to return something. I think that is my British upbringing. I gather Hammacher Schlemmer was outstanding and gave us a full refund — including the shipping. I am impressed.

Now this $28,000 gizmo is a counterbalanced turntable for vinyl records — the World’s only counterbalanced turntable. Wow. The counter-rotating platters, like duo-props on a boat, eliminate sonic aberrations. I am not sure I buy all of that. Long, long time ago, before I had any kids and had at least three rather healthy sources of income, I used to dabble in high-end British hi-fi equipment, such as Naim.

More or less what I had bought c. 1982.

Naim amplifiers, then and now, only have ONE knob — that for volume. You don’t adjust anything else because you would only be messing around with near-perfection. I used to use a Linn Sondek LP12 as my turntable, which also featured a suspended turntable.

The Lin, 30 years ago, cost a few thousand. I see that they are now selling for about $12,000. So that is still less than 1/2 the price. I bet you could not tell the sound difference between a Lin and the $28K turntable — none of our hearing, despite what we think, is that good. One of these days I really should round this post off by talking of the exquisite Linn Isobarik Speakers.