Union Pacific Big Boy: The rebirth of a legend
The world's largest steam locomotive returns to the rails
Through the 1940s and 1950s, Union Pacific's 25 4-8-8-4 Big Boys symbolized powerful, big-time railroading in the wide-open American West. Now, Union Pacific is bringing one of these legendary locomotives, No. 4014, back to steam.
Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 Big Boy No. 4014 on display at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds in Pomona, Calif., in December 2012.
Photo by David Lustig
No. 4014 has been on display at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds for 51 years, but it will leave soon to begin a multi-year restoration that will return it to steam.
Join us for extensive coverage of a Big Boy on the road to restoration!
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A retouched Union Pacific publicity image from the early 1940s features Big Boy No. 4019. The original Kodachrome photograph has far less smoke and steam.
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On July 23, 2013, Union Pacific announced its intent to the railfan world to restore and operate 4-8-4-4 Big Boy No. 4014 in excursion service. Trains News Wire first broke the news in December 2012. Here are a selection of headlines:
Union Pacific making progress on preparing Big Boy to move (Sept. 10, 2013)
Chapter to receive SD40-2, caboose for Big Boy (Aug. 27, 2013)
Union Pacific Big Boy search began two years ago, led to 4014 (Aug. 26, 2013)
UP Big Boy will move “hopefully before the snow flies” (Aug. 23, 2013)
California Big Boy to star in August night photo session (Aug. 14, 2013)
UP preps Big Boy for move to Wyoming (Aug. 12, 2013)
How Big Boy No. 4014 can roll from the fairgrounds (Aug. 2, 2013)
Cheyenne looks forward to Big Boy arrival (July 25, 2013)
Union Pacific confirms plans to restore Big Boy steam locomotive (July 23, 2013)
Union Pacific still exploring potential Big Boy restoration (April 16, 2013)
Big Boy discussions continue in Southern California (Feb. 25, 2013)
UP rep postpones appearance at California R&LHS meeting (Jan. 23, 2013)
Union Pacific Big Boy discussions continue (Jan. 2, 2013)
Steve Sandberg sounds off on a possible Big Boy restoration (Dec. 14, 2012)
Big Boy restoration: Like the locomotive itself, a big job (Dec. 14, 2012)
Union Pacific, museum continue Big Boy talks (Dec. 10, 2012)
Union Pacific studying Big Boy restoration project (Dec. 7, 2012)
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