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Union Pacific Big Boy #4014 Steam Locomotive alive after 50 years


Retired in 1959 and found in a museum in California, this Big Boy locomotive was restored by the Union Pacific. She weighs over 1 million pounds and is going on a tour of the US. The whistle gives me chills. The UP did an incredible job on the restoration and she runs like a Swiss watch. 

Link about the tour:

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



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What a machine!!



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And to think this locomotive was built before computer aided design, automation etc. It boggles the mind. I'd love to be able to see it on tour.

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Live stream at Laramie, will pass through at 12:30 Mountain time,

Trains Magazine Facebook link to the tour,

https://www.facebook.com/TrainsMagazine

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https://www.facebook.com/pg/TrainsMagazine/videos/?ref=page_internal



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I've seen a few of these Big Boy locomotives, including:

4014 while it was in Pomona CA before it was restored,

4004 on static display at Cheyenne WY,

4017 at the National Railroad Museum in Green Way WI.

Here's a couple shots of 4017, check out all the valves on the control panel.

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They're incredible machines!!!!



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I understand it was quite a learning curve for the guys at the UP engine workshops. The shop itself had to be reconfigured to accommodate the huge locomotive.

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And here's a photo of 4004 in Cheyenne WY:

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The Big Boy and #844 "Northern" class locomotive running as a double header earlier today. Man, I'd love to be there. CP member Vincent is there and said it's incredible!

Here's 844 "highballing" at 75mph 9 years ago. Wow!






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I'd just like to say that I grew up a block from the CPR and spent a great deal of time waving at the guys in the caboose. We hung out on the tracks as school age kids..walked the tracks to school and back and fished from the various bridges... Trains are in my blood and this Big Boy is very cool. We used to have the Royal Hudson rolling around here but she's mothballed now. Thanks for bringing this to my attention! I spend a lot of time utubing trains.



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Wow!  Steam locomotives have long been a fascination of mine!  Would love to see the Big Boy in person as well!



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Me too. Road trip!

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Ha ha... that would be awesome! smile



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