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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Boise Depot

The locomotive is powered by a coal fired 3500 Horse Power Mikado heavy duty engine weighing 463,000 pounds built in 1920 by the American Locomotive Compnay at Dunkirk, New York. The engine was named Mikado because the first of these engines were built for export to Japan.During 1920's it had become the primary freight engine in North America. The last engine rolled off in 1944. Engine 2295 (seen in picture) was known as Big Mike. This engine was a work horse hauling between 50-75 loaded freight cars. To negotiate the Rocky Mountains sometimes two engines would be coupled together. Big Mike served the Union Pacific Railway for 39 years before being retired to Pocatello in 1959. The UP Railway donated Big Mike to the city of Boise in 1959. It was installed in the Julia Davis Park & remained there for 48 years until it was moved to its current location in 2007.The Boise Depot in its current form was established in 1925.The onset of World War II considerably increased passenger traffic.In 1948 six passenger trains stopped at Boise Depot. Following the completion of inter state highway system in the 60's rail traffic declined sharply. Boise Depot discontinued all railroad activity in 1997.
The New Boise Depot established in 1925
The 3500 Horsepower Workhorse Big Mike

View of Down Town Boise from atop the Boise Depot - above & below
Charming stream at the foot of Boise Depot - Reflections of the Boise Depot below

Colorful fish create waves causing a distorted reflection of the Depot

30 comments:

  1. Another lovely set of pictures, some of them from fall too! The engine looks so cute.

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  2. Got informed. I do not know why ,looking at the post makes me feel that this has emanated in a foreign land.

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    1. Yes very much PNS Sir. Boise is located in Idaho State of USA.

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  3. Phenomenal photographs! I love planes, trains and automobiles...but mostly trains. Plus we recently ate in a restaurant that is an old train depot and so it sits very close to the train track. While you are eating, if a train comes along, you feel like it is coming straight for you. Obviously there is no conversation until the train has passed.

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  4. Wonderful shots. Nice place with so much history.

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  5. I am not that fond of trains, but can understand the appeal. Love the scenery, though.

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  6. wow. really pretty building and gardens, too!

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  7. Lovely pictures of tower, landscape and those koi fish!

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  8. I remember engines like that from my childhood in Minnesota. Everything changed with the popularity of the automobile and in the 1950s when Pres. Eisenhower decided to fund Interstate highways rather than railroads. It was a bad decision and contributed much to the pollution that has helped create the global warming problem.

    You have provided us with another wonderful set of photos - the depot is so well maintained; it's quite beautiful. And it's nice to have an engine from a bygone era to look at. I also liked the shot overlooking the city, but the up close photo of the tower is an artistic gem.

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  9. Love the clock tower. That little waterfall and the koi fish in the pond seem to add so much beauty to the surroundings, right? That engine is a beauty too. :)

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    1. Yes Divya. The entire depot & surrounding is so charming & beautiful.

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  10. Looks very classic! Lovely shots, the entire place has a charm of yesteryears preserved very carefully for today. Such a beautiful place with so much of history to dig into and fascinating views to keep us enthralled. Many thanks for sharing it with us. :)

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  11. Nice captures!

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  12. The stream shots are my favourite, they're just beautiful!

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  13. aaah so beautiful ... thanks for sharing ...

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  14. Beautiful.. I too like the stream shots..refreshing..!

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