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 June 29

A Soo Line steam locomotive controversy, Chicago Union Station designs, a new CSX intermodal yard, and more!

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...

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

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 June 29

A Soo Line steam locomotive controversy, Chicago Union Station designs, a new CSX intermodal yard, and more!

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...

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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