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Alex Mayes Trip report 4014 - part 1
Posted by: Espee99 ()
Date: June 07, 2019 04:37PM

PART 1 OF 3 From Alex Mayes

On July 23, 2013 Union Pacific Railroad announced it had reacquired UP 4-8-8-4 “Big Boy” No. 4014, with the goal of restoring it to service. UP donated the 4014 to the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society, Southern California Chapter in 1961 after it completed its last revenue service in 1959. The 4014 clocked in over one million miles in its 20 years in freight service. The 4014 had resided at the RailGiants Train Museum in Pomona, California for many years, and had not run in 52 years. On November 14, 2013, UP 4014 was moved from its home at the museum, on temporary track, onto the adjacent parking lot, with plans to take it to Union Pacific's rail yard in Colton, CA before its move to Cheyenne, Wyoming. The locomotive arrived in Cheyenne on May 8th 2014. However, for the next two years the locomotive sat idle outside the steam shop while the UP steam crew focused their attention on working on UP 4-8-4 No #844.

In July 2016 work began on No. 4014. Work on the 4014 was completed in early May 2019, and shakedown runs were performed on May 2nd and May 3rd. On May 4, 2019 the 4014 departed Cheyenne on its inaugural run after restoration. This was a five-day journey to Ogden, Utah, where it was placed on display at the Utah State Railroad Museum, which is housed in Ogden Union Station. The 4014 double headed with UP 4-8-4 No. 844 all the way to Ogden. The consist was comprised of nine vintage cars, including one dome car. UP 4014 is the world’s largest operating steam locomotive.

I followed the inaugural run of the 4014/844 steam special from Cheyenne to Henefer, Utah and took lots of photos. Below are some of my shots. On May 12th the steam special with the same two locomotives began its eastward journey back to Cheyenne. My wife Teresa and I chased this trip for two of the days. A trip report on this chase will follow later.

On May 4th at 9:30 AM a ceremony celebrating the restoration back to service of the 4014 was held at UP’s historic Cheyenne passenger station. This is the celebration, viewed from the U.S. Route 85/CanAm overpass just south of the historic station.

Lighted signs telling motorists about this special event and reminding them to not park on the roadway were displayed above Interstate 80 across the state of Wyoming for each day of the four day run between Cheyenne and Ogden. This one was four miles west of Rawlins, Wyoming.

The steam special arriving in Laramie on the first day, May 4th. The first day’s trip went from Cheyenne to Rawlins, Wyoming.

A close-up view from the same location as the previous image.

First day, May 4th, west bound crossing the Rock River 11 miles west of Laramie

The Wyoming Highway Patrol was in full force all along the chase route every day of the trip. Photographers parked on the shoulders of major highways were told to move their cars immediately.

The steam special stopped at several towns every day of the trip for local folks to get a close look, and for servicing the two engines. One such stop was at Medicine Bow on the first day. This is the old Medicine Bow depot, nicely restored.

Service stop at Medicine Bow. The steam engines drew huge crowds at every stop.

Close-up view of the "Big Boy" lettering scrawled on the 4014's smokebox just as it was done at the Alco plant where she was built in December 1941. This photo taken at the scheduled stop at Medicine Bow, Wyoming.

Close-up view of the 4014 during service stop at Medicine Bow.

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 06/07/2019 05:06PM by Espee99.

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