Big Boy

The world's largest steam locomotive returns to the rails.

Big Boy Returns!

One of the biggest and most powerful steam locomotives in history is coming back to life: Union Pacific’s Big Boy.

Big Boy weighs in at 600 tons, is 132 feet long, and can move at up to 80 mph while pulling a fully loaded freight train with the force of about 7,000 hp. Union Pacific introduced the first of 25 of these steam locomotives in 1941 and retired them from active service in July 1959. 
Several 4-8-8-4 locomotives later went to museums around the United States for preservation. In 2013, Union Pacific bought back Big Boy No. 4014 from a museum in Pomona, Calif., to restore and operate. The restoration in 2019 is timed to celebrate the completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad in 1869.

Come here to learn all about Big Boy, watch videos, see beautiful photo galleries, and share stories about one of the world’s biggest steam locomotives.
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Big Boy DVD

Big Boy: Back in Steam DVD


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's restoration in Cheyenne, Wyo., and May 2019 runs in classic Western American scenes.

LATEST NEWS

Next stop for Big Boy No. 4014: Iowa. From there, eastbound?

OMAHA, Neb. – Where is Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014 headed next? The UP Museum has confirmed that its fund-raising trip of July 15 from Omaha to Boone, Iowa, will be pulled by the newly restored 4-8-8-4 that returned from its inaugural run between Cheyenne, Wyo., and Ogden, Utah, on Sunday. The July excursion features the Chicago & North Western main line and the Kate Shelley Bridge near Boone. With a bus return, expect to see tickets in the $400 to $750 range, the museum says. Tic...

Big Boy returns home

Restored 4-8-8-4 concludes inaugural journey by bringing doubleheader with No. 844 to Cheyenne ahead of schedule

Big Boy's journey home: Rock Springs to Rawlins

RAWLINS, Wyo. – Follow 4-8-8-4 Big Boy No. 4014 on its journey back home to Cheyenne. You’ll see it depart Wamsutter, passing the steam era water tower. Then, with flags flying, Big Boy and traveling companion 4-8-4 No. 844 fly through Hadsell, just west of Rawlins. For more on the Golden Spike celebration, pick up our special issue Journey to Promontory and its companion DVDs, available now. Coming in June: Big Boy - Back In Steam special issue and companion DVD....

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 Round-Up for May 17, 2019

Talgo, a California High Speed Rail, the Illinois Department of Transportation, and Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014

Trains News Wire Round-Up for April 12, 2019

Trains editors discuss all the rail news that's fit to publish for the week of April 12, 2019. This week, editors discuss the Big Boy No. 4014 excursion; video of a steam locomotive breakdown in Colorado; Union Pacific trackage rights over Norfolk Southern, and more!...

Trains News Wire video for March 15

Big Boy No. 4014, Norfolk & Western No. 611, Amtrak looks at Duluth

JOURNEY TO PROMONTORY

Order this special issue now! Journey to Promontory, from Trains magazine, explores one of the most important transportation events in America's history – the completion of the first transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869.

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