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Union Pacific Railroad to move a Big Boy 1,200 miles!

Soon, Union Pacific's excursion fleet of locomotives will grow to include the famous Big Boy 4-8-8-4 steam locomotive.   It is considered the largest steam locomotive ever produced in significant numbers. One of the cosmetically preserved Big Boy's is to be moved from California 1,200 miles to Cheyenne, Wyoming. The move began this week.

In the video above, we see an initial 1,2000 foot move last January from Pomona, California to UP's West Colton Yard.  Here is the description associated with the video.

"In July of 2013, the Union Pacific Railroad reacquired Big Boy steam locomotive number 4014 from the Rail Giants Train Museum at the Pomona Fairplex with the intention of restoring number 4014 to operating condition. Once in working order, the locomotive will become part of the Union Pacific's Steam Program. Built in 1941 by the American Locomotive works, the Big Boy is considered to be the biggest steam locomotive ever built. Come along as we follow the Big Boy on the first leg of its journey to its new home in Cheyenne, Wyoming where it will undergo restoration to operating condition. This video includes coverage of initial preparation work by the UP Steam Team to get the locomotive moving as well as shots from the January 26th, 2014 move from Pomona to Union Pacific's West Colton Yard."

Click here to follow the move through a Trains Magazine webcam page.

Posting by Russ Milland

 Click on the map of the move below for a closer look!

UP Big #4005 in August 1957 by Jim Shaughnessy

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