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.


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...

Dickens: 844’s return likely in 2016

DENVER – Union Pacific’s famed 4-8-4 No. 844 will likely return to steam in 2016, according to Senior Manager for Heritage Operations Ed Dickens. The railroad has decided to perform the 1472-day inspection and work while the locomotive is down for other work, Dickens says. He adds that there is a chance it will be operational in late 2015, but 2016 is a more likely scenario. The return of the locomotive would end a multi-year steam drought on the Class I railroad. Dickens says the...

UP’s Dickens to speak at Rocky Mountain Train Show

DENVER – Ed Dickens, senior manager of Heritage Operations for the Union Pacific, will present at the Rocky Mountain Train Show at 11 am on March 7, 2015. His talk will cover the Cheyenne steam shop and locomotives, 4-8-4 No. 844 and 4-8-8-4 Big Boy No. 4014. Representatives from Denver’s Regional Transportation District will also be at the show to discuss progress on the agency’s FasTracks commuter rail project. Amtrak representative will also speak on Western rail travel opp...


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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