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NIKON
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COOLPIX S550
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Santa Fe Zombie Train by rlkitterman Santa Fe Zombie Train by rlkitterman
Just after seeing the four old boxcars, I saw what looked like a steam engine. I approached and to my surprise it was two very old rusty Santa Fe steam engines, along with two very old freight cars, sitting on a siding. I call this train the "zombie train" because the engines and cars are still there, and could be moved, but they would not really be doing anything themselves.
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SierraGamer Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think I can sum this picture up in one line:
"I was Happy 'till I heard him say YOU'RE WORTHLESS"
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Jesse220 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014
Needs overhaul
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FiremanHippie Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The poor engine :(
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tracks147 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Ahhhh zombie locos
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railguy365 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
 WHERE DID YOU FIND THIS?!?!?!? THAT'S SO AWESOME (and sad), I WANT TO SEE IT MYSELF WITH MY VERY OWN EYES!!!!Eyepopping Jawdrop 
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rlkitterman Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
There is a footpath/jogging trail on the east side of the Sacramento River, which goes down from Old Town to around the California Auto Museum, and runs parallel to the railway.  Just north of the I-305/US-50 overpass, you will see the "zombie train" sitting on a siding.
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:iconrailguy365:
railguy365 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, thanks. I have never been to Sacramento, so I'll make a point to see the train if I go there. The equipment is most likely owned by the CSRM.
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VinnyMartello Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The rust and dirt adds a lot of character. You can almost feel their desire to roar to life once more.
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Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
PARTS, PAARTS is what a Zombie steamer sounds like
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:iconnitroburner:
nitroburner Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
"Oh this whole towns on Meth!"
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great catch! Loves it!
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RedtailFox Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
nice shot, just shows that once we could build things that last
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nitroburner Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
They can tow these away, right?
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rlkitterman Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I am sure they can, and I hope they at least put them under a roof, because there may not be much engine left to restore if they keep them outside for too long.
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nitroburner Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Col. Sorry I didn't respond I was writing chapter 46 for my serial.
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omega-steam Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
The 4-8-4 is planning to be rebuilt after ATSF 2925 by some enthusiasts in Albuquerque
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CharukuNova Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
nice catch i love them.
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stormsirens2 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
I'd like to see if they'd fire them at that moment and see what it do! I'd bet it wouldn't move the gear is probably jamed and the boiler has holes
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Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
what valve gear?!? XD
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stormsirens2 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
oh pfffblt :p
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:iconrockyrailroad578:
Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
no piston rods at all!
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btomimatsu Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They are owned by the California State Railroad Museum, they supposedly want to restore them cosmetically, but nothing is going to be done until the Sacramento Shop Complex is made into a new museum. Still great pic. :)
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Oceanlinerorca Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
How sad...
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Wordworker Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Writer
Solid (but eerie) shot! Hope they get restored, or at least painted for a static display. :)
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NitzkaPhotography Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
How old is this photo? Looks like the same two engines now at the California Railroad Museum.

Heres a photo I took of them.
[link]

...and a video
[link]
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rlkitterman Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I took this picture a month ago. Maybe they shunted them out of the way to prepare for the spring and summer tourist trains.
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metalheadrailfan Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Are those #2926 and #5000?
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Justin-Murphy Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
It's 2925 and 5021.
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FriscoWolf Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
over 70 (almost 80 in some circumstances) and still there standing tall. Why can't we build machines like we used to; not for show, but to last.
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Wow very nice
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