Wednesday, April 30, 2014

UP Big Boy 4014 going home for restoration.

Received the following note along with links to this story from one of our correspondents in NW Pennsylvania. 

Getting to see UP Centennial #6936 alongside and coupled to UP Big Boy #4014, its reciprocating steam ancestor, will make just a spectacular scene to record for the ages. It is in the plans... 

Here is an article from Los Angles ABC affiliate KABC-TV about the move of Big Boy 4014 from California to Wyoming. 

Big Boy 4014 locomotive heads to Wyoming for restoration 

Monday, April 28, 2014 

by Rob McMillan 

A massive steam locomotive known among rail fans as "Big Boy 4014" hit the tracks Monday for the first time in more than half a century. 

Many people were up before dawn for a chance to see one of the largest steam locomotives ever built on the rails once again after sitting in a museum at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds in Pomona for more than 50 years.

The locomotive is being towed all the way to Cheyenne, Wyo., where it will be fully restored and made to run on steam once again.

"Lots of mechanical work, all the drivers, new tires, axles, wheels -- many, many new components to make the locomotive serviceable," said Ed Dickens with Union Pacific.

Railroad fans came from all over to watch. Brandon Bedke's dad says he wouldn't allow his son to miss this big day.

"Pulled him out of school because this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see something like this," said Chris Bedke of Rialto.

When Big Boy 4014 returns, it will be under its own power and you'll be able to ride it. But that won't be for at least another five years.

(Copyright ©2014 KABC-TV/DT. All Rights Reserved.)

Finally, here is a picture from RailPictures.Net of the train pulling the Big Boy 4014 on Cajon Pass taken on 4-28-14 by Craig Walker.  
Link to RailPictures.Net for more about the photograph: