Big Boy

The world's largest steam locomotive returns to the rails.

Big Boy Returns!

One of the biggest and most powerful steam locomotives in history is coming back to life: Union Pacific’s Big Boy.

Big Boy weighs in at 600 tons, is 132 feet long, and can move at up to 80 mph while pulling a fully loaded freight train with the force of about 7,000 hp. Union Pacific introduced the first of 25 of these steam locomotives in 1941 and retired them from active service in July 1959. 
Several 4-8-8-4 locomotives later went to museums around the United States for preservation. In 2013, Union Pacific bought back Big Boy No. 4014 from a museum in Pomona, Calif., to restore and operate. The restoration in 2019 is timed to celebrate the completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad in 1869.

Come here to learn all about Big Boy, watch videos, see beautiful photo galleries, and share stories about one of the world’s biggest steam locomotives.
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Big Boy DVD

Big Boy: Back in Steam DVD


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's restoration in Cheyenne, Wyo., and May 2019 runs in classic Western American scenes.

LATEST NEWS

Trains News Wire Round Up for Aug. 23

A new paint scheme for CSX, Big Boy's western tour, Genesee & Wyoming sale update

Report: Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014 will tour two months this fall

OMAHA, Neb. — OK, Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014 fans, how much vacation time do you have this fall? Whatever it is, it may not be enough. The incredibly popular 4-8-8-4 could be on the road from late September to mid-November, according to the Camerail Club of Omaha, a reputable fan organization with long and deep ties to the UP steam program. The third leg of No. 4014’s 2019 tour will last almost two months, says the organization’s Mixed Train newsletter issue no. 7. But...

Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 Big Boy No. 4014: Shop tours and a hint at a fall tour

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — For the first time since Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014 was completed in May, the public will be allowed inside the steam shop where the miracle restoration of the 4-8-8-4 took place in a span of less than 3 years. The Cheyenne Depot Museum says it will offer tours of the place where the Big Boy and Living Legend 4-8-4 No. 844 are rebuilt and maintained at 12:30 p.m. on three coming Fridays, Aug. 30, Sept. 6, and Sept. 13. A trolley bus will move visitors from the depot...

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

Trains News Wire Round Up for Aug. 23

A new paint scheme for CSX, Big Boy's western tour, Genesee & Wyoming sale update

Trains News Wire Round-up for Aug. 2, 2019

Trains editors discuss rail news that's fit to publish. This week the editors talk about Kentucky coal miners blocking coal trains, Big Boy's Chicagoland appearances, and more!...

Big Boy's Great Midwest Tour: March to Chicago

Join Trains for Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014's triumphant tour across the Midwest. In this video, see Big Boy run down Union Pacific tracks to Chicago in late July 2019....

JOURNEY TO PROMONTORY

Order this special issue now! Journey to Promontory, from Trains magazine, explores one of the most important transportation events in America's history – the completion of the first transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869.

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