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.

LATEST NEWS

Big Boy No. 4014 restoration update

Trains visits Union Pacific’s steam shop in Cheyenne, Wyo., for an update on the restoration of Big Boy No. 4014. Join us on a tour of the shop and hear Ed Dickens, senior manager of heritage operations, describe the project’s status and the effort to have the engine back in steam in 2019! Be sure to check out our feature-length DVD, Big Boy: On the Road to Restoration!...

UP 4-8-4 to steam once in 2018

Steam crews to focus efforts on restoring Big Boy 4-8-8-4 No. 4014 to operation

Cheyenne to restore Big Boy No. 4004

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — On Monday, Nov. 27, the Cheyenne City Council approved full funding for the cosmetic restoration of Big Boy No. 4004 located at Holliday Park in downtown Cheyenne. The contractor selected to perform the restoration is Wasatch Railroad Contractors, a locally owned and locally based railroad restoration company. The restoration project, which begins in December, is slated to take under six months with a completion date sometime in May 2018. "Our company has done some am...

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

Big Boy No. 4014 restoration update

Trains visits Union Pacific’s steam shop in Cheyenne, Wyo., for an update on the restoration of Big Boy No. 4014. Join us on a tour of the shop and hear Ed Dickens, senior manager of heritage operations, describe the project’s status and the effort to have the engine back in steam in 2019! Be sure to check out our feature-length DVD, Big Boy: On the Road to Restoration!...

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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!...

ON THE ROAD TO 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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