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UP's Big Boy 4014 is coming home for restoration

For the railfans among us, this is a rare sight that is to begin on monday 4/28.

The worlds largest steam locomotive is coming home to Cheyenne Wyo from Colton, CA for a full restoration that is expected to take 4-5 years. It is one of the eight survivors and was selected because of it's current rebuildable condition.

It can be tracked on UP's website from Colton, CA to Cheyenne Wyo from April 28th to May 8th.

More info at :UP: Big Boy No. 4014
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I was talking with my father about this and he says that he remembers seeing them here in San Diego previously. Man it would be a hairy ride over the mountains in one of those I would think. Not exactly modern technology!
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I watched them move 4018 from Fair Park in Dallas to a new museum in Frisco, TX. Such a shame that it's too damaged/neglected to ever return to running under it's own power. The Bog Boys are awesome machines, designed for a very specific job. The last of the great steam engines, imho.

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Have one here in St. Louis. Very impressive engineering
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We have a train museum about an hour from here and I am amazed at these great machines, especially when you consider the tools and technology at the time they were built. They are works of art IMO.

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Saw one of these steam through Utah when I was a little kid, not a sight I have forgotten after all these years. Incredible piece of engineering and power. Glad to see someone is taking interest into restoring it instead of letting it fade into history.
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I thought you meant this Big Boy when I first read this thread….

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So, are you going to be like this guy?

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I had an H.O. scale model in my childhood train set. Yes, it is truly a work of art. I would love to see an actual one.

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UPDATE:

After 5 years in the Cheyenne Wyo Union Pacific steam shop, 4014 is making a test run to Ogden Utah .

Leaving Cheyenne this saturday and returning to Cheyenne on May 19.

This will be live streamed on https://www.up.com/heritage/steam/schedule/index.htm

Think you have had a problem with a nut or a bolt ? This locomotive weighs 1,200,000 lbs, and it is rolling art. My hat is off to the guys who originally built it and to those who put this back on the rails. It has not moved under it's own power for 60 years.
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Yes.They have had several short excursions around the Cheyenne area in the last week,getting ready for Satrurday when it hits the road.

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FYI: Challenger 3985 is the next one in line for restoration. It has been on the road since approx 2000, but is in need of re-freshening. Slightly smaller than the big boy, but still impressive. This is the loco that in 2008 hooked onto the Barnum and Bailey Circus train in Grand Island and took it to Denver.

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I can't tell if that was sarcasm or not. The "Illinois Central" is apparently from Iowa.
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UPDATE:

If you are inclined, there are several viewing opportunities coming up in the near future.

UP 4014 will be leaving Cheyenne on July 8th for a 30 day tour of Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Details are here:

www.up.com/heritage/steam/schedule/index.htm


and then, on Oct 12-13 it will be in the Pomona California rail giants museum where it was resting for 52 years, waiting to be reborn. This return trip to California was part of the deal that UP made with the museum when they re-acquired the loco. Details are yet to be announced, but here is the web site:

4014 Journeys | The Big Boy Excursion

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I've already added the Pomona Museum to the calendar. I've been there before and it's right next to the Dragway and where they have the roadster nationals.

I haven't the slightest clue how they get the locomotives in there - no tracks lead to the location! Not to mention the Big Boy.

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I haven't the slightest clue how they get the locomotives in there - no tracks lead to the location! Not to mention the Big Boy.
When it was pulled out of the museum, they laid temporary rail to a nearby siding, and then to the mainline. Don't know for sure, but I doubt if it will be pulled back into the actual museum grounds for the excursions in October.

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The way Union Pacific has been laying off their people, I’m surprised that they have anyone to run it. Anything they do now is got publicity and not for the good of the company!
But that being said, it is cool to see!

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The westbound schedule is posted for the Sept - November California trip to LA.

Looks like it will be going through Wyo, Utah, Nevada, California, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, and Colorado.

Goo www.UPsteam.com for the schedule, and the tentative map for the trip.

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Well wouldn't you know it, as far as the Los Angeles area:

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I'll definitely be going to see it when it travels thru Vegas . . . be here a few days so no issues with scheduling a trip down to the viewing area.

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I took the family to see it pass through town yesterday. It was moving right along too. We heard it before we could see it. The experience was over quickly but it was very cool to see it in action.

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If in the odd event that someone catches this today, October 9th, 2019, Big Boy is scheduled to pass sometime between 9am-11am PST

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Thanks for the camera link.

Rewind the live camera to 11:37 to see 4014 going by.

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I run all sorts of webcams on my 3rd screen at work because I don't have a window...

I never watched a train webcam before and I caught it by complete coincidence. I saw the chat on the side.

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