Big Boy returns to Cheyenne
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Union Pacific’s No. 4014, aka the Big Boy, came chugging into Cheyenne today after completing its month-long Midwest tour, stopping in more than 90 communities and make one-day public display events in 5 major cities.
According to the Union Pacific, 25 Big Boy steam locomotives were built for the railroad in 1941. The locomotives were 132 feet long and each weighed 1.2 million pounds. Because they were so long, they were “hinged” to allow them to negotiate curves.
Big Boy No. 4014 was delivered to Union Pacific in December 1941 and retired in December of 1961, logging over 1.3 million miles.
After a multi-year restoration process, it returned to service in May 2019. Upon returning to Cheyenne, Big Boy has put 3,800 miles of track behind it and the completely rebuilt steam engine is still going strong.
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