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

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Big Boy No. 4014 will steam between Cheyenne, Wyo., and Ogden, Utah, in May 2019.
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 that large numbers of spectators from around the globe will travel to Wyoming and Utah to witness this once-in-a-lifetime move of one of the world’s largest and most powerful steam locomotives ever built. The route is native to the Big Boy locomotives, and includes legendary Sherman Hill, spectacular Echo Canyon, and Wasatch grade.

Only 25 Big Boy locomotives were built between 1941 and 1944; eight were saved for preservation; this will be the only one restored in the preservation era.

The chase bus will follow UP’s schedule, which has not been announced yet. Expectations are that No. 4014 will move on a multi-day schedule from Cheyenne to Ogden in the days before the May 10 anniversary at Promontory, Utah, and return in the days following it.

The chase bus will include transportation, stops to photograph and inspect No. 4014, boxed lunches, and hotels. Both westbound and eastbound legs of the journey will be covered.

“While we don’t know the dates of this trip right now, we know a lot of people want to plan to be there to see No. 4014 run,” says Trains Editor Jim Wrinn. “We also know a lot of people want to participate but without the hassle of lining up rooms or dealing with traffic.”

For details and pricing, see specialinteresttours.com.

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