Big Boy No. 4014's first passenger train will be nine cars long

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Big Boy No. 4014, shown in November 2013 when the engine was removed from the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds, will leave Cheyenne, May 4.
Trains: Jim Wrinn
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The consist of the Union Pacific steam special leaving Cheyenne May 4 and heading for Ogden, Utah, and the 150th anniversary of the first transcontinental railroad will include water cars for each of the steam locomotives, a standard UP flag unit, and nine passenger cars, UP said Thursday in response to a query from Trains New Wire.

What was supposed to be a solo trip by freshly restored Big Boy No. 4014 became a doubleheader Wednesday after the railroad said it needs more time to complete painting and testing of the 4-8-8-4. The original plan called for No. 844 to precede the Big Boy this weekend.

Instead the two will run together, arriving in Ogden, May 8 and returning May 12-19. They will be on display in Ogden May 9-11, recreating on May 9 the famous nose-to-nose pose of the Central Pacific Jupiter UP No. 119 at Promontory Summit on May 10, 1869.

The ceremonial train will be light duty for the newly restored Big Boy, which is expected to begin test running in coming days. The 25 Big Boys were built to wheel 3,500-ton freights at 70 mph and to pull the same train up the 65-mile-long Wasatch grade between Ogden and Evanston, Wyo.

UP says the consist, as of today and subject to change, from front to back, is as follows:

No. 4014

Water car Jim Adams (UPP 809)

No. 844

Water car Joe Jordan (UPP 814)

A flag unit

Tool car Art Lockman (UPP 6334)

Boiler car Howard Fogg (UPP 209)

Baggage Car Lynn Nystrom (UPP 5714)

Power car 207

Crew car Willie James

Crew car Omaha

Dome lounge City of San Francisco

Diner Overland

Observation Idaho

Trains will be on site for the trip and will live stream on its Facebook page and post video clips and stories at Additionally, the brand is producing a DVD and a special issue, both entitled, Big Boy Back in Steam

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