Plans In The Works to Revive a Big Boy Locomotive?

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Plans In The Works to Revive a Big Boy Locomotive?

Postby Fan Railer » Sat Dec 15, 2012 8:05 pm

What are your comments?
http://trn.trains.com/en/Railroad%20New ... rvice.aspx
POMONA, Calif. – Union Pacific may be bringing back the ultimate steam machine, an Alco-built 4-8-8-4 Big Boy, the last of which steamed more than 50 years ago.

Company spokesman Mark Davis told Trains News Wire Friday that the company has been approached by and is working with a third party interested in restoring and operating a Big Boy. He said the railroad is evaluating the condition of preserved UP Big Boy locomotives and that it believes two might be available for restoration. Davis declined to name the other party or give a timeline for the project. But at least one organization is already talking about its potential to put a Big Boy back on the main line.

The treasurer of the Southern California railroad club that owns a displayed Union Pacific Big Boy 4-8-8-4 says his group hopes to learn more Saturday about a UP offer to acquire No. 4014 for restoration and operation.
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Re: Plans In The Works to Revive a Big Boy Locomotive?

Postby NRGeep » Sat Apr 20, 2013 7:35 pm

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?
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Re: Plans In The Works to Revive a Big Boy Locomotive?

Postby Fan Railer » Tue Aug 06, 2013 5:41 pm

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:
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:
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.
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Re: Plans In The Works to Revive a Big Boy Locomotive?

Postby Fan Railer » Wed Sep 11, 2013 8:24 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vk1VUsYJFcI - Train Simulator 2013 HD EXCLUSIVE: Union Pacific Big Boy #4014 Excursion Through Cajon Pass
Something like this that we hope to see before the end of the decade.
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Re: Plans In The Works to Revive a Big Boy Locomotive?

Postby Trainman101 » Thu Dec 11, 2014 10:00 pm

Is the official 4014 thread?
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Re: Plans In The Works to Revive a Big Boy Locomotive?

Postby Fan Railer » Fri Dec 26, 2014 7:38 pm

Trainman101 wrote:Is the official 4014 thread?

Guess so lol.
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Re: Plans In The Works to Revive a Big Boy Locomotive?

Postby Trainman101 » Thu Jun 18, 2015 8:07 pm

Any updates?
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