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    All that being said, how many here have ever been on a fan trip where the engine broke down and the train had to sit there until some diesels came to rescue it?

    Personally, in all our years of riding fan trips I can only remember one incident, and it didn't even involve the engine breaking down. It was a long train behind NKP 759, where one car broke a drawbar. And even then, after that car had been cut out of the train and the train had been put back together, 759 completed the trip unassisted.

    So, while I understand why the diesel is there for protection, I believe it to be equivocal as to how necessary it really is.
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    Besides protection it is required for braking, both dynamic and the brake air supply for the rest of the train. The old compressors on the steam engines aren't considered 100% reliable. This is probably an INSURANCE requirement and also by the host railroad when not on a UP line.

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    Very awesome to see on of the most powerful steam locomotives in work!

    About diesel locomotive in train - in Russia one steam locomotive in excursion train uses only if there are 1-3 cars, some steam locos are in poor condition and uses only for external effect, really train leads by diesel locomotive or electric locomotive, sometimes uses two steam locos.
    Vladislav

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    Same Location in Lombard, IL

    On the other side of the bridge.

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