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    Big Boy No. 4014 (one of the largest steam locomotovies) in SLC on 5/2

    If you want to view a piece of history and you are in the Salt Lake Area this Saturday (5/2), you can check out Union Pacific's Big Boy No. 4014 which will be arriving at 7:45pm.

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    The Big Boy, quoted from the Union Pacific's Community Forum (http://www.uprr.com/newsinfo/communi...cheyenne.shtml)
    "After months of preparation, the Big Boy No. 4014 will begin its move from Colton, Calif., to its new home in Cheyenne, Wyo., Monday, April 28 at 8 a.m. PDT.

    The 1.2 million pound [heavier than a loaded 747] steam locomotive will be towed 1,293 miles by modern diesel-electric UP freight locomotives to Heritage Fleet Steam Operations headquartered in Cheyenne, where it will undergo restoration for the next five years.

    Ed Dickens, senior manager of UP Heritage Operations, said employees and rail fans have been eagerly awaiting Monday's move. “Thousands have come out to see us in Southern California during the preparation for this move," Dickens said, "and we expect thousands more to visit us on the journey to Cheyenne.”

    Big Boy No. 4014 will be on public display in Las Vegas, Salt Lake City and Ogden, Utah, during the 11-day excursion to Cheyenne. The detailed schedule – including display hours – is available online at upsteam.com.

    Fans also will be able to track the locomotive via UP's Steam Locomotive Tracking webpage, and via the UP Steam Twitter feed (@up_steam).

    No. 4014 fans planning to view the locomotive trackside are reminded of the safety-focused UP policy regarding photography and video of UP equipment, posted here at UP.com.

    Following a 17-year operating career, UP delivered No. 4014 to RailGiants Train Museum in January, 1962. No. 4014 was one of 25 Big Boys built for Union Pacific and was used primarily for freight service on the transcontinental railroad route beginning in 1941. UP plans to restore the locomotive to operating condition."



    For more info and tracking locations (including Ogden on 5/4), check below:

    http://www.up.com/aboutup/special_tr...am/index.shtml
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    "The ... steam locomotive will be towed..."

    That's a bummer. It'd be cool to see it in action.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sombeech View Post
    "The ... steam locomotive will be towed..."

    That's a bummer. It'd be cool to see it in action.
    Yeah, that's the sucky part. I think it said is gonna take 5 years of restoration once it reaches Cheyenne.
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    5 years was about right (except it was in fact about 3 years...the first two were spent restoring UP844 (I believe).

    I had the great priviledge (aka being in the right place at the right time!) two weeks ago of getting a guided tour around 4014 in its Cheyenne base, just before its departure on its latest trip. I was staggered by the amount of work (and money) that had gone into this restoration; a lot of it by private donation.

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    UP have a great series of videos: https://www.up.com/heritage/steam/40...ject/index.htm on the initial restoration at Pomona Ca and subsequent delivery to Cheyenne Wy. It is good that UP have supported this, although they would not have done so wholly out of their own pocket

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    There are many videos on line of Big Boy running..just as an example, this one of 4014 and 844 together.



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdVD2M2xxsM

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