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.


UP to open Wyoming steam shops starting in November

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Union Pacific is giving the public a rare glimpse of its steam shop in Cheyenne, Wyo., this winter. In coordination with the Cheyenne Depot Museum, the railroad is giving tours of its shop every Friday in November, January, February, and March. There will be no tours in December. Tours are also being given on a few select Saturdays. The tour will give visitors a chance to see UP 4-8-4 No. 844, 4-6-6-4 No. 3985, and Big Boy 4-8-8-4 No. 4014, which is currently being restore...


CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Two weeks after Union Pacific 4-8-4 No. 844’s successful excursion for the 2016 Cheyenne Frontier Days, the railroad says that the Heritage Operations team is shifting their focus to the restoration of Big Boy 4-8-8-4 No. 4014, the giant locomotive the Union Pacific acquired in 2013. The restoration will begin with work on the 4014’s tender and firebox, Heritage Operations Senior Manager Ed Dickens says in a news release. The Big Boy class was designed to bur...

Trial date set for UP steam shop case

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Union Pacific and a former employee are set to go to trial in Sept. 2016 over alleged work conditions in the railroad's Cheyenne steam shops. Former employee Henry Krening filed a lawsuit in November 2013 against Union Pacific and claimed that he suffered injuries while working in the well-known heritage steam program as a "foreman general 1." As part of the court filings in the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming, Krening claims that he was "in constant fear...


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.


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....

Trains News Wire EXCLUSIVE: No. 4014 "wants to move"

POMONA, Calif. – With months of work nearly complete, each updated bearing or lubricated joint puts Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014 a bit closer to moving to home rails. Ed Dickens, UP's senior manager for heritage operations, spoke exclusively with Trains NewsWire on Wednesday to show off the progress made in readying the 600-ton locomotive for a trip later this year on UP main lines to Cheyenne, Wyo., for a complete rebuild. That milestone trip, however, will come only after dozens of s...
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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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