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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-20-2019, 05:57 PM Thread Starter
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Default Got to see Big Boy running today!

What an incredible machine! Didn't have much time for pictures as it was running about 40 mph, thought it would be slower. I was only about 20' away when it passed.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-20-2019, 06:02 PM
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Wow, lucky guy!
I've seen all but two of the existing UP 4000s (this one and the one in Texas). I badly want to see 4014 in steam someday, as for train fans this is as close as "Jurassic Park" will ever come. No train fan ever thought one of these engines would be rebuilt for operation.
When the Union Pacific bought 4014 back from the museum in Pomona, people assumed they'd get about halfway into the restoration and declare it wouldn't be feasible or it wouldn't be ready in time for the target timeframe of the 150th anniversary of the golden spike in May of this year (in fact, it hadn't even had a real test run or break in runs before heading down to Utah for the event, it was that close).

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I saw one report on its restoration, there was one or two in particular who did a masterful job of TIG welding, without which it might not have been successful, we have had a few come through here, 4014 especially with a stop. Pretty amazing

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-22-2019, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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Not my photo but Big Boy leaving Hays, KS in the snow today.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-22-2019, 08:28 PM
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While not a "Big Boy", Alleghenys 2-6-6-6 no. 1601 was impressive as well. Still pretty big...
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