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

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If you're in Cheyenne on Aug. 30, Sept. 6, or Sept. 13, you can go inside the UP steam shop on a tour provided by the Cheyenne Depot Museum.
Trains: Jim Wrinn
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 to the steam shop, where workers will be preparing No. 4014 for its Oct. 12-13 excursion in southern California.

The shop is in the former back shop building and next door is a portion of the roundhouse where other locomotives in the UP collection, including Challenger No. 3985, are kept.

Shop tour tickets are $20 per person and available by calling 307-778-3133.

Meanwhile in a hint that an extensive fall tour for the Big Boy may be in the works, a town in east central Colorado says No. 4014 will visit it in November. The Limon Heritage Museum & Railroad Park issued a “save the date” notice on its Facebook page, but the only date mentioned was the month of November. The town is on the UP’s former Kansas Pacific route from Kansas City to Denver.

So far, UP has only announced an excursion from West Colton, Calif., to Barstow on Oct. 12 eastbound and westbound on Oct. 13 to benefit the RailGiants Museum that provided No. 4014 to UP. Tickets for that excursion go on sale Saturday at https://4014traintix.com/index.html

A UP spokeswoman says the complete 4014 fall schedule will be released in early September.

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