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Alex Mayes Trip report 4014 - part 2
Posted by: Espee99 ()
Date: June 07, 2019 04:54PM

PART 2 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.

No. 844 being lubricated during the service stop at Medicine Bow.

The steam special approaching a grade crossing 14 miles west of Medicine Bow on the first day.

Last shot of the first day-crossing the North Platte River at Fort Fred Steele, Wyoming.

844 crossing the North Platte River at Fort Fred Steele, Wyoming.

The second day’s trip departed Rawlins and went west to Rock Springs, Wyoming. This shot was taken from Wagon Circle Road two miles west of Rawlins.

Next shot was at Creston Junction.

Second day-arriving in Wamsutter, Wyoming for a scheduled stop.

Second day-blasting through Red Desert.

West bound at Red Desert.

Second day-west bound at Superior, Wyoming four miles east of Point of Rocks.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/07/2019 05:04PM by Espee99.

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