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In Search of Steam
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The coordinates above are meaningless, this is a virtual cache. It can be as hard or easy as you make it, although there is a finite number of finds and when it gets close, difficulty will increase significantly.
Up until the mid 1950's Steam Locomotives ruled the rails and were a common part of the landscape from the massive "Big Boys" out west to the diminutive saddle tank engines that worked the Baltimore harbor and industrial areas. By the early 1960's, there were hardly any left running the rails and you were lucky to see one. Since then, a fair number have been restored and are operating on tourist railroads or at railroad museums around the country. A larger number are on display in various town squares, state, county and city parks, other museums and a few are in private hands. There are several hundred known left in existence in the U.S., and I have no idea how many overseas. I do know that one country at least, China, is still manufacturing steam locomotives, and in fact one was imported from there a few years ago. To log this cache you must find a steam locomotive, operating or on display. You must: 1. Post a picture of it with you and your GPS in the picture, with the engine number visible, too (it may take two or more pics to accomplish this). 2. List the actual location in your log, along with the coordinates. 3. List the information from the builder's plate which gives you the name of the manufacturer, where it was made and what year it was made. Also list the wheel arrangement according to the standard format, i.e., 0-4-0, 2-6-2, 2-8-8-2, which describes the number of pilot wheels, driver wheels and trailing wheels for the engine. If you know any other history of that locomotive, please feel free to add that too. 4. Only the first person logging a particular locomotive will be able to claim it as a "found" cache, and each person can only log one "found." I think this will be a fun cache to do and to learn a bit about the fire-breathing, steam hissing, smoke belching monsters that criss-crossed our country not that long ago.....and if you find one that is operating and you get a chance to ride behind it, take it, it is a lot of fun.
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Last Updated: on 11/15/2017 3:57:41 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (11:57 PM GMT)
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