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.


Union Pacific to offer several steam shop tours in 2017’s latter months

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Union Pacific and the City of Cheyenne are partnering on several steam shop tour opportunities beginning in mid-August through mid-November. Visit Cheyenne, the city’s Convention & Visitors Bureau, is offering the tours at $20 per person on select dates. Tours begin at the Cheyenne Depot Museum and include a tour of the railroad’s steam facilities, trolley transportation to the shop, and admission to the Cheyenne Depot Museum. The tours require patrons...

Trains News Wire video for Feb. 3

Genesee & Wyoming, Iowa Pacific's 'Hoosier State,' a new Chicagoland intermodal terminal, Big Boy restoration

VIDEO: UP Big Boy disassembly complete, parts fabrication underway

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Fabrication work is underway for Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 Big Boy No. 4014. UP steam workers have finished disassembling the boiler to allow workers to access the frame and fabricate new internal parts before the locomotive can be reassembled. Ed Dickens, senior manager of heritage operations, says the disassembly was a “moment of amazement,” saying that fully removing the boiler from the rest of the locomotive “hasn’t been seen around here since t...


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.


Trains News Wire video for Feb. 3

Genesee & Wyoming, Iowa Pacific's 'Hoosier State,' a new Chicagoland intermodal terminal, Big Boy restoration

Big Boy No. 4014's return to Cheyenne

Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014 returned to Cheyenne, Wyo., on May 8, 2014, and Trains Editor Jim Wrinn was there to record the moment when the 4-8-8-4 and its tender inched back into the railroad's steam shops. Only from Trains!...

Trains News Wire VIDEO: Interview with Ed Dickens on moving Big Boy No. 4014

POMONA, Calif. – Trains Editor Jim Wrinn interviews Union Pacific steam manager Ed Dickens on moving 4-8-8-4 Big Boy No. 4014 across the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds in and on to Cheyenne....


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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