Union Pacific to Restore a Big Boy (4-8-8-4) Locomotive to Working Order

Wow!!!!! Can you believe it? Here’s what appeared in the Lincoln (Nebraska) Journal Star this morning:

“Union Pacific Railroad (yesterday) announced an agreement with the Southern California Chapter — Railway & Locomotive Historical Society in Pomona, Calif., to take back ownership of one of the world’s largest steam locomotives, Big Boy No. 4014………

…….Union Pacific said plans to relocate No. 4014 to Cheyenne, Wyo., where Union Pacific’s Heritage Fleet Operations team will work to restore it to operating condition.

Union Pacific donated No. 4014 to the historical society Dec. 7, 1961. Since January 1962, the locomotive has been on display at the Rail Giants Train Museum in Pomona.

Twenty-five of the massive and powerful engines were built in the 1940s to haul Union Pacific freight trains over Wyoming and Utah mountains.

The last was retired in 1962.

Restoration will take three to five years. The railroad called it “an enormous undertaking given the locomotive’s age and complexity.” ……..
……… Big Boy 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 — four wheels on the leading set of “pilot” wheels that guided the engine, eight drivers, another set of eight drivers and four wheels following that supported the rear of the locomotive. The massive engines normally operated between Ogden, Utah, and Cheyenne.
Eight of the Big Boys were donated for public display in cities across the country. They can be found in Pomona, Calif.; St. Louis; Dallas; Omaha (at Lauritzen Gardens); Denver; Scranton, Pa.; Green Bay, Wis.; and Cheyenne.

Big Boy No. 4014 traveled 1,031,205 miles in its 20 years in service.”

Union Pacific #4019 working a consist uphill

Union Pacific #4019 working a consist uphill

Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 under steam

Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 under steam

If you want chapter and verse about Union Pacific #4014 then click here.