On Monday I entertained some really high octane speculation about why the Union Pacific Railroad is going to all the expense to refurbish old steam locomotives. As you might recall, I speculated that it was about much more than merely providing fun and games for "railroad heritage days", that something else was afoot, like preserving the knowledge base behind them, and, if necessary, being able to build one from scratch, if need or necessity arose. Well, with that in mind, ponder this 30 minute video of one of the engineers involved in refurbishing those old locomotives, and consider the implications of what is being said, and done:

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. WalkingDead on August 9, 2018 at 7:42 am

    Doesn’t sound like there are many of these old workhorses left outside of private collections. The “30 year rebuild” mentioned is serious rework time and investment; so I wouldn’t be looking for a large number of these anytime soon, especially new ones. As they are rebuilding, they are also incorporating newer technology into the rebuilds making improvements where they can. These were engineering marvels in their day.

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