A progress report on Union Pacific Big Boy 4014

 

News article: A progress report on Union Pacific Big Boy 4014

Deep inside the cavernous backshop at Cheyenne, Wyo.

  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
How good is this going to get with the old girl back and running on the main line.

A progress report on Union Pacific Big Boy 4014

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  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
Cheyenne is an interesting place to visit and at 69,000 is only two thirds the size of Bendigo. I went there around 20 years ago when 'The Pioneer' was still running from Denver to Seattle.

It also has a beautiful old railway station sadly not served by scheduled passenger trains these days.

https://www.steamphotos.com/Railroad-Photos/Cheyenne-Frontier-Days-Train/i-P2GXgDv

The best way of getting to Cheyenne is by bus or hire a car for the 2 hour journey from Denver.

I've been following the resto of the Big Boy loco since it left Los Angeles and will certainly be headed back to Wyoming once it's restored and Trump is finally out of office.

Mike.
  pandem Locomotive Driver

Location: Perth
This is the youtube URL for the series of videos produced by Union Pacific on the restoration of UP Big Boy 4014

UP Big Boy 4014
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
I am heading to the USA this December and January and will be visiting Utah.  I am planning on getting to promontory but may also head a little father north to Cheyenne if there is not too much snow.

I will be visiting the Royal Gorge Railroad which I hope will be running during January.

Durango and Silverton also before going to Sante Fe via Raton.

Also looking forward to seeing the Big Boy in action someday.

Do we know when the loco will be ready for traffic?
  Dangersdan707 Chief Commissioner

Location: On a Thing with Internet
Heard around late 2019 bevans
  woodford Chief Commissioner

I am heading to the USA this December and January and will be visiting Utah.  I am planning on getting to promontory but may also head a little father north to Cheyenne if there is not too much snow.

I will be visiting the Royal Gorge Railroad which I hope will be running during January.

Durango and Silverton also before going to Sante Fe via Raton.

Also looking forward to seeing the Big Boy in action someday.

Do we know when the loco will be ready for traffic?
bevans
The aim is to get it going for the 150th golden spike aniversary in 2019, this though is dependent on the restoration going to plan. Although 4014 itself appears to be in quite good condition, the restoration team is being quite picky and they are going to make sure the restoration is in the end top class regardless of the time frame.

Remember this is very big complex locomotive ALL replacement parts MUST be made from scratch, this usually includes manufacturing any special tools or jigs required, this is not helped by almost everything being VERY heavy, even the crosshead guide bars weigh something like just under 1/2 a ton each.

woodford

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