UP will restore classic 'Big Boy' steam locomotive

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Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 12:00 am

Plans are underway to bring one of the largest steam locomotives back to life.

Union Pacific announced that it has acquired the Big Boy No. 4014 and plans to restore it to operating condition. The Omaha-based railroad will relocate the locomotive from the Rail Giants Train Museum in Pomona, Calif., where the locomotive has sat for more than 50 years to Cheyenne, Wyo., where U.P.'s Heritage Fleet Operations team will restore it.

U.P. donated the No. 4014 to the California chapter of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society in Pomona in 1961. It arrived there on January 8, 1962.

“Our steam locomotive program is a source of great pride to Union Pacific employees past and present,” said Ed Dickens, senior manager of U.P.'s Heritage Operations, in a statement. “We are very excited about the opportunity to bring history to life by restoring No. 4014.”

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