Will we ever see a "big boy" run again?

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4014 Reconstruction

Postby John_Perkowski » Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:19 pm

If anyone is interested, 4-8-8-4 Big Boy 4014 passed its hydrostatic test. It may be in steam in time for the 150th anniversary of the Golden Spike!
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Re: Will we ever see a "big boy" run again?

Postby John_Perkowski » Wed Apr 10, 2019 12:24 pm

Yesterday, the Steam Shop in Cheyenne lit off 4014s oil burners.

A Big Boy is under steam again.
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Re: Will we ever see a "big boy" run again?

Postby John Smythe » Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:33 pm

https://www.up.com/heritage/steam/ This is a direct link for those who wish to join UP Steam Club to get e-mail updates on #4014 progress. Thanks
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Re: Will we ever see a "big boy" run again?

Postby mcgrath618 » Fri May 03, 2019 12:46 am

https://m.facebook.com/127789010729449/ ... um=ios_app

Yes, yes you will see a UP a Big Boy move under her own power.
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Re: Will we ever see a "big boy" run again?

Postby Gilbert B Norman » Fri May 10, 2019 10:03 am

Check out Page 2 of Today's Journal, which has a photo of 4014 in Ogden.

Regarding the video linked immediately by Mr. McGrath, I wonder how many of the drivers or passengers of the vehicles passing by on US30 noted the event?
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Re: Will we ever see a "big boy" run again?

Postby John_Perkowski » Fri May 10, 2019 9:10 pm

You would not believe the number of foamers on I-80, I-84, and US-30.
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Re: Will we ever see a "big boy" run again?

Postby Gilbert B Norman » Sat May 11, 2019 8:15 am

John_Perkowski wrote:You would not believe the number of foamers on I-80, I-84, and US-30.


Colonel, Peterson, UT @ MP972, was always my favorite spot to view UP "action" when I was at Hill AFB; 68-69.

OK, maybe UP is "indifferent" about handling Amtrak trains, and what someone "pulled" enabling ARRA09 funds allocated for the (?) HSR Chicago-St Louis project to be used to rebuild the G,M&O to access their Elwood IL Global Intermodal facility bordered on fraud, no one can argue against how the UP preserves and protects their heritage.

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Re: Will we ever see a "big boy" run again?

Postby Gilbert B Norman » Sat May 11, 2019 8:20 pm

Something tells me that content from this book,Ghosts of Gold Mountain, is not part of the docent's script at the California Railroad Museum.
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Re: Will we ever see a "big boy" run again?

Postby John_Perkowski » Thu May 16, 2019 4:32 pm

16 May, 4014 put a wheel on the ground in Rawlins.

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Re: Will we ever see a "big boy" run again?

Postby GWoodle » Thu May 16, 2019 9:11 pm

John_Perkowski wrote:16 May, 4014 put a wheel on the ground in Rawlins.

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