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.


Trains Magazine, Special Interest Tours to offer Big Boy chase bus

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Trains Magazine and Special Interest Tours will offer a multi-day Big Boy No. 4014 chase bus on the Union Pacific locomotive’s inaugural run in May 2019, promoters said Friday. The massive 4-8-8-4 will operate from its homebase and restoration shop in Cheyenne to Ogden, Utah, in early May as part of events marking the 150th anniversary of the first Transcontinental Railroad. A Big Boy steam locomotive has not run under its own power since 1959. Expectations are tha...

Union Pacific remains committed to steam program for now, CEO Lance Fritz says

NEW YORK — With major changes under way at Union Pacific, which is cutting costs and shifting to an operating plan based on Precision Scheduled Railroading, what does it mean for the railroad’s long-running steam program? “We’re not sure. But right now, nothing,” UP CEO Lance Fritz told Trains today in an interview on the sidelines of the RailTrends 2018 conference. “We’ve got a full steam agenda in 2019 because of Promontory. After that, there’s...

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...


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 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...


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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