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 pre-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 Pacifc 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.


RailGiants Museum to premier Trains Magazine video ‘Big Boy: On the Road to Restoration’

POMONA, Calif. – The world premier of Trains Magazine’s video of Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014’s trip from the RailGiants Museum will be presented during a meeting of the Southern California Chapter of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society on Oct. 7. The public is invited. Trains Magazine’s reporters, photographers, and videographers were there for No. 4014’s entire 1,300-mile journey from Pomona to Cheyenne, Wyo. The video includes views from exclusive...

Trains News Wire EXCLUSIVE: With Big Boy in the house, UP steam crew turns to No. 844 and the shop

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Three months after completing the monumental task of moving 4-8-8-4 Big Boy No. 4014 to its new home in Wyoming, the Union Pacific steam crew is spending the summer of 2014 preparing never-retired 4-8-4 No. 844 for operation in 2015 and updating the shop to handle the program’s needs for the next 30-40 years, Trains News Wire has learned. After a year filled with work to retrieve one of the largest steam locomotives ever built, for now it’s back to the basics...

UP employees match best-ever first half safety performance

OMAHA, Neb. — Union Pacific employees achieved a 1.01 reportable safety incident rate for the first half of the year, matching the best-ever rate achieved in the first half of 2011. A company's employee injury rate is calculated using the number of injuries per 200,000 employee hours, which is equivalent to the number of hours worked by 100 full-time employees in a year. The railroad has 46,500 employees. "The safety of our employees, customers, and communities is our No. 1 priority, and...


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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