24.7.13

BIG STEAM.

Union Pacific have purchased Big Boy 4014 from the Southern California Chapter, Railway and Locomotive Historical Society in order to return it to running condition.


Railway and Locomotive Historical Society.

Railway explains for overseas readers the significance of this project.
"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."

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. The massive engines normally operated between Ogden, Utah, and Cheyenne.
The Big Boys were capable of rolling 100 car refrigerator blocks at expedited speeds across the Continental Divide. We've seen 3985 on a stack train and the Ringling Barnum circus train. I look forward to reporting on 4014 returning to the Red Ball Express.

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