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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. 

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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

Live,

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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Beautiful restoration job by UP!



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A beautiful work of mechanical art. These larger steam trains and the diesel stream liners have always been my favorites. Thanks for sharing.



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I am a retired Locomotive engineer from CN.
At the EXPO 86 that was in Vancouver they had a Steam Expo at the CN yard a couple of blocks away.
I got to work this job for the whole time it was on. I was Switchman at this time.
Worked with the Royal Hudson and lots of other steam engines, in the yard and on the main line, Tom Thumb to big ones, moving them around.
About 15 different ones.
I will never forget it. It was a chance of a life time.



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




 I never watched that video when you originally posted it but I did just now. Wow.....

It never occurred to me how those guys are riding in the back and don't even really have a view of the "road" in front of them!



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Brian wrote:

I am a retired Locomotive engineer from CN.
At the EXPO 86 that was in Vancouver they had a Steam Expo at the CN yard a couple of blocks away.
I got to work this job for the hole time it was on. I was Switchman at this time.
Worked with the Royal Hudson and lots of other steam engines, in the yard and on the main line, Tom Thumb to big ones, moving them around.
About 15 different ones.
I will never forget it. It was a chance of a life time.


I moved to Vancouver just before the opening of Expo 86, and lived near the main line in Coquitlam.   I remember hearing some weird steam engines going by, but didn't know what was going on.    I was very busy with the opening of Expo 86 (I was a satellite tech and was heavily involved in beaming TV signals all around the world) and didn't learn about Steam Expo until it was over.   I have always regretted missing it. 



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A fantastic short documentary from back in the day about the Big Boy



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I don't know where you found that but....need I say more? so good .

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Another CP member (Vincent) sent the link to me on Facebook. I also have it on DVD
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I don't know where you found that but....need I say more? so good .


 



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