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

Trains News Wire video for May 11

This week: Trains editors talk about Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014, Pennsylvania K-4 No. 1361, more steam locomotives, and former Amtrak CEO Joe Boardman

Union Pacific confirms Big Boy 4-8-8-4 No. 4014 for Ogden in 2019 and more

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Union Pacific confirmed Thursday that Big Boy 4-8-8-4 No. 4014 will be in Ogden, Utah, exactly year from today in celebration of the sesquicentennial of the first transcontinental railroad. In a Facebook live event in conjunction with the CBS affiliate in Cheyenne, UP steam manager Ed Dickens said the restored Big Boy as well as 4-8-4 No. 844 will travel to Ogden, Utah, for the celebration. He said the engines will re-enact the scene made famous by the two American-type l...

Journey to Promontory Tour and blog posts launch Trains' Golden Spike celebration

WAUKESHA, Wis. – On the 149th anniversary of the Golden Spike, Trains Magazine announces a May 2019 tour of the first transcontinental railroad and the addition of two blogs to the Trains Magazine website, one about the first transcontinental railroad and the other about the history of Big Boy steam locomotives. “The completion of the first transcontinental railroad is one of the most important events in railroad history and in American history,” Editor Jim Wrinn says. &ldquo...

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 News Wire video for May 11

This week: Trains editors talk about Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014, Pennsylvania K-4 No. 1361, more steam locomotives, and former Amtrak CEO Joe Boardman

Trains Presents: Big Boy No. 4005 at the Forney Museum

We visit Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4005 at Denver’s Forney Museum of Transportation, one of only two Big Boy locomotives housed inside. It is also the only Big Boy ever converted to burn oil for fuel and the only one to suffer a major derailment. We talk with the Forney’s Al Frank and Kayla Stieber about this famous railroad relic. For more Big Boy video, check out Big Boy: On the Road to Restoration, a 90-minute DVD showing the history of the largest steam locomotives and the move...

Big Boy No. 4014 restoration update

Trains visits Union Pacific’s steam shop in Cheyenne, Wyo., for an update on the restoration of Big Boy No. 4014. Join us on a tour of the shop and hear Ed Dickens, senior manager of heritage operations, describe the project’s status and the effort to have the engine back in steam in 2019! Be sure to check out our feature-length DVD, Big Boy: On the Road to 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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