Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday Night Steam

Big boys and their toys!

Firing up and running the Canadian National #6060 4-8-2 live steam locomotive

Featured on the cover of Live Steam Magazine Sept / Oct 2016 issue, Ernie Beskowiney put approximately 7 years and 35,000 hours into the design and construction of this flawless 7.5" gauge live steam locomotive. It is nearly entirely CNC'd out of stainless steel and is slightly larger than 1/8 scale.

The operating pressure is 150 PSI and develops about 483lbs of tractive effort. It has pulled a train of 48 people without blinking. Here is Ernie firing up and running the locomotive at the Bitter Creek Western railroad.

For more information, see the Sept / Oct 2016 issue of Live Steam Magazine, available from Village Press.

Canadian National Railways U-1-f class locomotives, were a class of twenty 4-8-2 or Mountain type locomotives built by Montreal Locomotive Works in 1944. They were numbered 6060–6079 by CN and nicknamed “Bullet Nose Bettys” due to their distinctive cone-shape smokebox door cover.



  1. We could have used a steam train on my last journey.
    Going down we got to Maryboro and the train stopped. Another train was broken down on the track ahead of us. After an hour of head scratching the decided to back up and go around the stalled train. My friends were patiently waiting for me during all this.
    The trip back to Cairns was possibly the slowest in history.
    We could only go 40 KPM due to the extreme heat that day (45 degrees celcius). The tracks were bending out of shape so we had to tiptoe along. The A/C was mounted below the car so it was having a meltdown as well. Sigh Looking out the window at the beautiful countryside of Queensland made it bearable. Miles of sugar cane, bananas, pine forests and fields full of cattle and calves getting big enough to be adventurous.
    No photos as my camera decided it would have a meltdown as well.

    1. What an adventure!!!! Sorry it was so darn hot and you couldn't take any pictures, but you do have the wonderful memories of the countryside! Have never seen sugar cane - don't think it grows here in Joisey. I bet you had a fun time even with all the detours!

  2. I know a big girl that would love one of those. She could even outfit it with a snow plow and give rides to chickens. :)
    That is so cool.

  3. Great video, I loved the lack of music! I have been reading Live Steam Magazine, (now called Live Steam and Outdoor Railroading) for more than 30 years and have enjoyed every issue. Amazing looking engine and a huge amount of work on Mr. Beskowiney's part.
    Check out the Bitter Creek Western Railroad's website.
    And yes Terry, the Gallus² Domesticus Railroad does have a certain ring to it!

    1. Glad you enjoyed the video, John! Would have loved to watch that engine being built!