• Union Pacific UP Big Boy 4014 Steam

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Discussion about the Union Pacific operations past and present. Official site can be found here: UPRR.COM.

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  by bostontrainguy
 
Tadman wrote:Any idea of the timetable? This could be a ten year affair, given the time it took to construct the A1 Peppercorn. A simple boiler job on MILW 261 took a few years.
Six years = 2019 = 150th anniversary of the completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad.
  by Fan Railer
 
NRGeep wrote:It's certainly been stored in a relatively dry environment compared to say, the one at Steamtown which has faced decades of harsh weather in Vermont and Pennsylvania. Any new developments?
http://www.uprr.com/newsinfo/releases/h ... 4014.shtml" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;:
Omaha, Neb., July 23, 2013 – Union Pacific Railroad today announced it reached an agreement with the Southern California Chapter - Railway & Locomotive Historical Society in Pomona, Calif., to transfer ownership of one of the world's largest steam locomotives, Big Boy No. 4014, back to Union Pacific.

Union Pacific plans to relocate No. 4014 to Cheyenne, Wyo., where Union Pacific's Heritage Fleet Operations team will work to restore it to operating condition. Details regarding those efforts will be made public at a later date.

Union Pacific donated No. 4014 to the historical society December 7, 1961. The locomotive arrived January 8, 1962, at its current display location at the Rail Giants Train Museum in Pomona.

No other railroad has retained its historical equipment or honored its American roots like Union Pacific.

"Our steam locomotive program is a source of great pride to Union Pacific employees past and present," said Ed Dickens, senior manager - Union Pacific Heritage Operations. "We are very excited about the opportunity to bring history to life by restoring No. 4014."
And this: http://www.up.com/aboutup/special_train ... 4014.shtml" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;:
Union Pacific Railroad is undertaking the movement and restoration of one of the world’s largest steam locomotives – the Big Boy No. 4014.

Twenty-five Big Boys were built exclusively for Union Pacific Railroad, the first of which was delivered in 1941. The locomotives were 132 feet long and weighed 1.2 million pounds. Because of their great length, the frames of the Big Boys were "hinged," or articulated, to allow them to negotiate curves. They had a 4-8-8-4 wheel arrangement, which meant they had four wheels on the leading set of "pilot" wheels which guided the engine, eight drivers, another set of eight drivers, and four wheels following which supported the rear of the locomotive. The massive engines normally operated between Ogden, Utah, and Cheyenne, Wyo.

Eight of the Big Boys were donated for public display in various cities around the country. They can be found in Pomona, Calif.; St. Louis, Mo.; Dallas, Texas; Omaha, Neb.; Denver, Colo.; Scranton, Penn.; Green Bay, Wis.; and Cheyenne, Wyo.

Big Boy No. 4014 was delivered to Union Pacific in December 1941. The locomotive was retired in December 1961, having traveled 1,031,205 miles in its 20 years in service.

No. 4014 will be moved from its display location in Pomona, Calif., to Cheyenne, Wyo., where it will undergo restoration that is anticipated to take three to five years.
  by mtuandrew
 
Tadman wrote:Any idea of the timetable? This could be a ten year affair, given the time it took to construct the A1 Peppercorn. A simple boiler job on MILW 261 took a few years.
A good portion of the 261 work was slowed by working as funds came available, as I understand, and also by not having the shop resources that the UP has at its disposal (machinery and personnel.) I'd also guess 2019 as it is the 60th anniversary of the last run of a Big Boy.
  by UP4014
 
Hello to all!

I just joined this forum and I've been reading over several topics at random. I plan to write a book on UP Big Boy 4014. It's going to cover from the time it was being built in the ALCO Plant up to present day. If anyone has any info they think might be of use or importance feel free to share it! There may even be someone here who's related to one of the Steam Crew that can share what that experience is like in prepping on Big Boy for the upcoming move.


Thanks,

Dan Bruner
  by John_Perkowski
 
Admin Note:
This thread applies to anything related to a Union Pacific F-E-E-F or 4-8-8-4 articulated locomotive.
  by dan the ca railfan
 
they are restoring a big boy locomotive for the 150th anniversary of the transcontinental railroad. yep for the first time since the 1950s i believe a big boy locomotive will be steaming again.

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/w ... locomotive" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
  by Wayside
 
Do not be surprised if the UP steam program (which is actively restoring a big boy) gets cancelled out some time in the semi-near future.
  by Backshophoss
 
While that "accident" at Greeley Co,may have put a damper on the steam program,there's a current progress report on the UP 4014 rebuild
in he Sept '18 issue of Trains(pg 60).UP is planning to run 4014 to Ogden Ut,the SD70m that is # 4014 now is due a repaint and renumber shortly.

Figure on a heavy UP Police presence in the future whenever any steam loco is on the move.
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