Union Pacific Big Boy: Rebirth of a legend

The world's largest steam locomotive returns to the rails.
Big Boy Rides Again
No. 4014 is now safely home at the steam shop in Cheyenne, Wyo., for a multi-year restoration that will return the locomotive to operating condition. Check back often for news, video, blogs, and photos.

Big Boy: On the Road to Restoration


One of the biggest and more powerful steam locomotives in history is coming back to life!

You can now order this exclusive video from Trains documenting the first phase of this locomotive’s journey to restoration. The DVD also features historical footage of Union Pacific Big Boys in action, plus exclusive video of interviews and images of No. 4014 being removed from the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds and moved to Cheyenne, Wyo., for restoration.

LATEST NEWS

When will Big Boy No. 4014 steam to Ogden?

OGDEN, Utah — When will Union Pacific Big Boy 4-8-8-4 No. 4014 travel to Ogden in May 2019? That’s the question that’s on every big steam locomotive fan’s mind. In May 2018, UP announced that both No. 4014, currently under restoration in Cheyenne, Wyo., and stablemate 4-8-4 No. 844 will steam to Ogden to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the transcontinental railroad on May 10. This week, members of the Union Pacific Historical Society began receiving their Streamliner...

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Union Pacific to renumber SD70M No. 4014 before Big Boy runs

OMAHA, Neb. – If you got photos of Union Pacific SD70M No. 4014 before it became famous as the pilot engine that ferried Big Boy 4-8-8-4 No. 4014 in May 2014 from California to its place of restoration at the steam shop in Cheyenne, Wyo., consider yourself lucky. It won’t be No. 4014 much longer. The now 18-year-old unit is set for repainting as UP spruces up its roster. It was part of the 1,000-unit order for new power that UP placed in 2000 for SD70Ms Nos. 4000-4999. UP repaints...

PHOTO GALLERY

Big Boy chase photos
On April 29, 2014, Trains' video crew chased No. 4014 through the depths of California's Mojave Desert. See a gallery of photos from their journey.

VIDEO

Trains Presents: Big Boy No. 4004 restoration

Big Boy 4004 parties like it’s 1941 again! Join us at Cheyenne’s Holliday Park to talk to the restoration crew responsible for bringing Big Boy 4-8-8-4 No. 4004 back to its 1941 appearance in 2018. The giant locomotive has been on display for almost 60 years and is once more looking like its original appearance. It’s the only Big Boy on display in its home territory and it's located in a historic railroad city that is all about big power for steep grades and high volumes of fre...

Trains Presents: Big Boy No. 4017 at the National Railroad Museum

Of the eight Big Boy locomotives preserved, only two are indoors. No. 4017 is one of the major artifacts on display at the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wis. Join Editor Jim Wrinn and museum Education Director Bob Lettenberger on a tour of this giant of steam....

Trains Presents: Big Boy No. 4014 summer 2018 update

Wheel and boiler work mark the next chapter in No. 4014’s restoration...

ON THE ROAD TO RESTORATION

Order this special issue now! Featuring the inside story of the beginning of the engine’s historic journey, a behind the scenes look at No. 4014’s removal from the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds, exclusive images of Union Pacific’s historic restoration effort, plans for the restoration that will lead to the live Big Boy, a gallery of our most iconic Big Boy images from the Trains archive, and so much more!

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