Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Pacific Northwest, via North Florida
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).
"When all else fails, call for indirect fire on your position, AND GET THE **** OUT!"
-Exact words of one of my 'call for fire' class instructors.
Former US Army Ordnance officer and lover of all things what go BOOM!