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Online Cheese

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To celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad's completion, the UP has set up a tour schedule for their newly rebuilt BIG BOY 4014 locomotive. This has been a 3 year restoration project.

This is the largest steam locomotive ever built and the only one that's in operating condition. It weighs 600 TONS, has a top speed of 80 MPH and was built by ALCO in 1941. Only 25 of these monsters were produced. It was originally coal fired but has been converted to fuel oil.

It just left St Paul this morning and is heading for Wisconsin and then to Chicago where it will be on display for 2 days. Then it will head towards Iowa and slowly make its way back home to Cheyenne Wyoming. 

https://www.up.com/heritage/steam/schedule/index.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Pacific_4014

Here's a picture of the behemoth.




And here's a shot of how long this thing really is.






Online Mike Goetzke

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Re: Union Pacific BIG BOY heading to Chicago...All Aboard
« Reply #1 on: Today at 12:22 PM »
@Cheese - thanks for sharing.

That helper unit 3025 is very dear to my heart. That is one of our first built SD70ACe-T4 locomotives. It meets the latest EPA emissions standards.

Online Scott in Bend

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Re: Union Pacific BIG BOY heading to Chicago...All Aboard
« Reply #2 on: Today at 12:52 PM »
Hey Cheese, we you able to see it in St. Paul?  That is an awesome piece of machinery and industrial history.  To see and hear that big boy moving down the track would be a sight.

Online Cheese

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Re: Union Pacific BIG BOY heading to Chicago...All Aboard
« Reply #3 on: Today at 01:48 PM »
@Cheese - thanks for sharing.

That helper unit 3025 is very dear to my heart. That is one of our first built SD70ACe-T4 locomotives. It meets the latest EPA emissions standards.

So Mike, does that helper push all along the journey or is it throttled up just enough to pull the consist behind it?

I assume it is used when dynamic braking is needed.

Online Cheese

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Re: Union Pacific BIG BOY heading to Chicago...All Aboard
« Reply #4 on: Today at 02:04 PM »
Hey Cheese, we you able to see it in St. Paul?  That is an awesome piece of machinery and industrial history.  To see and hear that big boy moving down the track would be a sight.

Ya Scott, those photos were taken last evening as she was parked at the St. Paul Union Depot...pretty impressive.

Funny thing was, I was doing yard work yesterday afternoon when I heard a steam train somewhere in the distance. There's Canadian Pacific trackage behind our house so I ran inside to grab a camera. Well the train never showed up and I could still hear it, but it was getting further away. That led me to wonder what steam train it was and where it was going? 

That's when I read it was the Big Boy and it was heading for St. Paul. By the time I cleaned up, grabbed a camera and some lenses, made the trek to the Union Depot (a 10 minute trip), fought the traffic and found a parking spot, the Big Boy was already parked and was shut down.  [sad] [crying] [sad]