Skip to comments.Huge Big Boy steam locomotive coming back to life
Posted on 04/15/2014 4:27:36 PM PDT by Navy Patriot
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) In its prime, a massive steam locomotive known as Big Boy No. 4014 was a moving eruption of smoke and vapor, a 6,300-horsepower brute dragging heavy freight trains over the mountains of Wyoming and Utah.
It's been silent for half a century, pushed aside by more efficient diesels, but now it's coming back to life. The Union Pacific Railroad is embarking on a yearslong restoration project that will put No. 4014 back to work pulling special excursion trains.
"It's sort of like going and finding the Titanic or something that's just very elusive, nothing that we ever thought would happen," said Jim Wrinn, editor of Trains, a magazine that covers the railroad industry.
"Something that's so large and powerful and magnificent, we didn't think any of them would ever come back," he said.
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Wow, what year was that?
That was around 1973. I later took a 36 exposure roll of a steam excursion in the same area. I have been looking for them on my computer but can’t find them. The steam excursion was around 1988.
I once posted some of the pics here on FR and a guy recognized the engine.
When I was a kid in Oklahoma, the Rock Island 5000 class 4-8-4s used to blow thru town doing 70+ with a mile of freight cars behind them.
You are absolutely correct. Those babies were not without power or speed...
Back around 1994 a newspaper in Jesup, Ga reprinted a story of the train which set a speed record which lasted for many years.
Two railroads were competing for a mail contract between Savannah, Ga and Jacksonville, Fla. The one to make the trip fastest would win. One of the engines tore up almost at the start. They were able to stop a freight and take the engine off it.
Knowing they had to make up time the Engineer who was making his last run before retirement, opened the engine wide open between Screven and Waycross. The railroad owner was in the cab and checked his watch. They were going a mile every 30 seconds.
When they approached Waycross where there was a long sweeping curve, they were afraid the engineer, nicknamed “Pappy” was planning on going out in a blaze of glory.
They relaxed a bit when he dropped the throttle down several notches, then just as they hit the curve, Pappy opened it wide open again. They hit the curve so hard that all were thrown to one side. The owner grabbed something to steady himself and was amazed that the part was cold instead of hot.
When the rival railroad arrived in Jacksonville, they asked about their rival knowing their engine had broken down. They were told the opponent had already passed Jacksonville and was half way to Tampa.
Yes, that’s the place. We took a ride on a steam-driven train. The children were interested, but much less thrilled than I was. I am sick in the head when it comes to trains.
A classmates grandfather was an engineer, not train driver but a mechanical engineer, for the Santa Fe. I was able to acquire a paper he wrote on front end design of locomotives. All about draft through the flue.
There is another paper about how to buy coal. They did road tests with a dynamometer car carefully measuring ton miles of tractive force per lb of coal, ash and so forth. Real honest to goodness thermodynamic engineering.
Neat. Wish I could have seen that.
April 30 - Las Vegas - Union Pacific rail yard 1001 Ironhorse Ct.
May 3 - SLC - 1020 Warm Springs Rd.
May 5 - Ogden - Ogden Depot, 2501 Wall Ave.
I let that slide.
We used to live near there and had an annual pass. Alas, the former commie Governess of Michigan made it so I lost my job and had to move out.
We ended up in the PRM (people’s republic of Maryland) so Greenfield Village lost our patronage.
N&W was one of the premier heavy steam roads in America refining USRA 2-8-8-2 locomotives to their world famous Y6-B compound engines to move the coal that built much of America over similar grades.
Classic American beauty.
Here she is, and definitely in service in this undated photo.
She has steam supplied while standing in makeup.
That is the one. Or at least one like the one.
One million pound 6,300 horsepower bump.
That’s a similar locomotive, a Chesapeake and Ohio Allegheny 2-6-6-6
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