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Big Boy #4014 Building Up Steam

Big Boy #4014 mid morning stop in Milford, Utah

As part of the journey Big Boy #4014 made for her excursion, the locomotive in Milford, Utah.

After being restored at the Union Pacific Steam Shop in Cheyenne, Wyoming,
Big Boy #4014 was fired up after 60 years of sitting dormant.

It is now part of Union Pacific’s heritage fleet.

During World War II, the Big Boy class locomotive was conceived to eliminate the need to double head up the Wasatch Mountains.

Union Pacific originally ordered 20 of these class 4000 engines in 1941 and 5 more in 1944.

Quick Facts about UP Big Boy 4014

  • Rail Line: Union Pacific
  • Driver diameters:-68 inches
  • Power type: 4-8-8-4 Steam Locomotive Class 4000
  • Builder: American Locomotive Company 1941
  • Coal Consumption: 22,000 lbs per hour (converted to oil)
  • Locomotive and tender weight: 1,250,000 lbs
  • Max Speed: 80 MPH !

Let us know if you have seen this magnificent locomotive in person. We would love to hear about your experience!

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Updated: February 5, 2020 — 2:59 pm

Big Boy #4014 Morning Departure

Big Boy #4014 early morning departure in Colorado!

As part of the journey Big Boy #4014 made for her excursion, the locomotive stopped overnight in Limon, Colorado.

After being restored at the Union Pacific Steam Shop in Cheyenne, Wyoming,
Big Boy #4014 was fired up after 60 years of sitting dormant.

It is now part of Union Pacific’s heritage fleet.

During World War II, the Big Boy class locomotive was conceived to eliminate the need to double head up the Wasatch Mountains.

Union Pacific originally ordered 20 of these class 4000 engines in 1941 and 5 more in 1944.

Quick Facts about UP Big Boy 4014

  • Rail Line: Union Pacific
  • Driver diameters:-68 inches
  • Power type: 4-8-8-4 Steam Locomotive Class 4000
  • Builder: American Locomotive Company 1941
  • Coal Consumption: 22,000 lbs per hour (converted to oil)
  • Locomotive and tender weight: 1,250,000 lbs
  • Max Speed: 80 MPH !

Let us know if you have seen this magnificent locomotive in person. We would love to hear about your experience!

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Updated: February 5, 2020 — 2:35 pm

Restored EMD Hauling Revenue

ELS 600 EMD FP7A back in service hauling freight!

The Escanaba & Lake Superior Railroad (EL&S) is privately owned Class III shortline railroad that operates in Northeastern Wisconsin and into upper Michigan. It started with 65 miles of track and has grown to over 400 miles in the system and dates back to 1898 as a logging line.

Some of the railroads that purchased these locomotives the Milwaukee Road, Louisville & Nashville Railroad, and the Atlantic Coast Line to name a few.

  • Builder – General Electric Electro-Motive Division
  • Build date – 1949 – 1953
  • units produced – 381 locomotives
  • Unit name – EMD FP7A
  • weight – 260,000 lbs
  • power – 1500 horse power
  • Length – 55 feet
  • Maximum speed – 100-119 mph

Let us know if you love to see these famous engines. We would love to hear your story.

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Updated: February 3, 2020 — 8:03 pm

War Wagon On The Donner Pass

The infamous Donner Pass is tamed by this rotary beast!

These 16 foot high A-units can plow snow banks as high as 12 feet! The centrifugal force created by the swirling 11 foot fan blades can propel the snow upwards of 100 feet to either side of the unit. Turning at 60-90 revolutions per minute, the rotary unit can move around 4-8 mph, acting as a giant auger chewing into snow banks.

Rotary snow plow trains are usually configured a plow front and back so they can make their way back from their starting point should more snow fall after their initial plow through an area.

Rotary snow plow trains usually have the following:

  • 2 rotary A-units front AND back of the train.
  • 2 F7 B- power units for the blades front and back.
  • 2 EMD F7 1500 horsepower power locomotives in the middle.

Unbelievably, the basic rotary snow plow design was invented by a dentist from Toronto, Canada, back in 1869!

Let us know if you have ever seen one of the beasts in action. We would love to hear about your experience!

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Updated: February 2, 2020 — 7:06 pm

Big Boy #4014 Meets UP Intermodal

Steam meets diesel in the wide open Arizona desert!

Just outside of Bowie in Southern Arizona, Big Boy #4014 passed a Union Pacific intermodal headed west which created quite a sight.

To think that the Big Boy locomotives were designed to haul 3,600-ton trains, they usually hauled around 4,200 ton freight trains!.

There were 25 Union Pacific “Big Boys” built overall beginning in 1941 for the specific purpose of handling freight up the 65 mile grade of the Wasatch Mountain Range starting inOgden,Utah and ending in Wyoming.

Union Pacific Big Boy #4014 stats:

  • Operated from 1941-59
  • Bearing full load weighed a total of 1,250,000 million lbs
  • Only 25 ever made
  • 4-8-8-4 configuration
  • Top speed of 80 Mph
  • Articulated with no compound of the steam
  • Water Capacity – 25,000 gallons
  • Cylinders- 4 outside (2 for each set of 4 driving wheels)
  • Boiler pressure – 300 PSI

Let us know if you have had the opportunity to view Big Boy up close. We would love to hear about your experience!

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Updated: February 1, 2020 — 6:53 pm

Blizzard Conditions For UP Intermodal

Beautiful scenery awaits in the Southern Arizona Desert!

This Union Pacific Intermodal Freight makes its way through the rolling hills near Tucson, Arizona.

Snow in this low elevation of the southern Arizona desert in very uncommon since the elevations encountered are between 3500 to 4600 feet.

Snow settling on the desert cactus and rocks makes for great photography.

The air so still in these conditions you can hear the freight trains coming from 10 miles away in the quiet desert air. The consists usually in groups of 3 or 4 in a time frame of 20 minutes before a lull.

The power units are diesel locomotives that are most likely EMD’s or GE units with an average of 4400 horsepower and weight approximatly 425,000 lbs. each.

Let us know if you love Diesel locomotives. We would love to hear your story.

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Updated: January 31, 2020 — 2:48 pm

Big Boy #4014 Leaving Sin City

Imagine seeing Big Boy while in Las Vegas!

Many railfans must have felt that they hit the JACKPOT when Big Boy #4014 rolled into town. As part of a Southwest tour, Big Boy’s journey rolled through old downtown Las Vegas.

During the summer, temperatures can reach over 110 degrees in the desert, which means the cab in Big Boy would be extremely hot for the engineer. The last time we checked, Big Boy has no air conditioning!

Why does Big Boy #4014 have a diesel unit in the train?

The diesel unit is included to supply electrical current to power the train as well as acting as additional weight to help with stability at fast speeds. Big Boy #4014 is a freight locomotive by design and wasn’t geared for fast passenger service.

Union Pacific Big Boys stats:

  • Operated from 1941-59
  • Bearing full load weighed a total of 1.2 million pounds
  • Only 25 ever made
  • 4-8-8-4 configuration
  • Top speed of 80 Mph

Let us know if you have had the opportunity to view Big Boy #4014 up close. We would love to hear about your experience!

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Updated: January 31, 2020 — 10:48 am

UP Intermodal In Southern Arizona Snow

UP snaking across beautiful terrain!

This Union Pacific Intermodal Freight makes its way through the rolling hills near Tucson, Arizona.

Snow in this low elevation of the southern Arizona desert in very uncommon since the elevations encountered are between 3500 to 4600 feet. Yet, snow settling on the desert cactus and rocks makes for great photography.

This Union Pacific consist is a intermodal double stacker which means that the top of the freight cars are most likely around 20 feet high in places and usually 100-120 cars long.

Let us know if you love Union Pacific or have ever worked for them! We would love to hear your story.

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Updated: January 28, 2020 — 6:32 pm

White River Productions acquires Railpace Newsmagazine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

White River Productions has added Railpace Newsmagazine to the company’s family of publications. The agreement between Railpace, Inc., and WRP was completed Monday, January 20, 2020.

Railpace Newsmagazine’s most recent issue was Volume 39, No. 2, February 2020, published on January 21, 2020, and was the final issue produced by Railpace, Inc. The March 2020 issue, Volume 39, No. 3, will come out under the White River Productions flag. The magazine will continue to be produced by long-time editor Tom Nemeth, so the overall look and feel will stay much the same.

“We are excited to welcome Railpace Newsmagazine and Tom Nemeth to the White River Productions team,” said Kevin EuDaly, president of White River Productions. “This magazine fills an important niche and we look forward to continuing its high standard of quality for years to come.”

Subscribers will be pleased to know existing subscriptions are to be honored by the new ownership. Fulfillment will be based on the number of remaining issues in existing subscriptions. Very little will change regarding the magazine’s content and distribution. New subscriptions and dealer orders will be processed through White River Productions starting on February 1.

The magazine’s new mailing address for all subscriber and dealer communication is P.O. Box 48, Bucklin, MO 64631; or by telephone at 877-787-2467. Contact information for direct communication with editor Tom Nemeth will remain the same, P.O. Box 229, Greentown, PA 18426-0229. Advertisers should contact Advertising Director Mike Lindsay by phone at  800-282-3291, or via email.

About Railpace Newsmagazine
Railpace Newsmagazine was founded by Tom Nemeth, Denis Connell, and Bill Chaplik in 1982 with the idea of presenting Northeastern U.S.-based news along with the finest railroad photography in a high quality publication. Railpace Newsmagazine is sold by many well-stocked hobby shops across the country and is also offered to readers through an annual subscription. Co-founders Denis Connell and Bill Chaplik will remain involved as content contributors to the magazine.

About White River Productions
Founded in 1992 by Kevin EuDaly, President, White River Productions is currently producing eight magazines, including HO Collector, Model Railroad News, Narrow Gauge & Short Line Gazette, O Scale Trains, Passenger Train Journal, Railfan & Railroad, Railroad Model Craftsman, Trains & Railroads of the Past, and now Railpace Newsmagazine. The company began when owner Kevin EuDaly decided to write and publish Missouri Pacific Diesel Power , the first book to chronicle the history of MoPac motive power from the dawn of dieseldom through the Union Pacific merger. Additionally, WRP publishes 19 historical society magazines plus calendars, books, and other peripheral items.


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Updated: January 28, 2020 — 9:00 am

BNSF In Northern Arizona

Perspective is everything!

This BNSF Intermodal Freight snakes its way through the rolling hills near Nelson, Arizona.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) was developed in 1995 and is the culmination of over 390 railroad lines that were merged or were acquired over the last 150 years!

BNSF 9062 is a intermodal double stacker which means that the top of the freight cars are most likely around 20 feet high in places and usually 100-120 cars long.

  • Builder – General Electric
  • Build date – 1999 – 2004
  • units produced – 2598 locomotives
  • Unit name – AC4400EV
  • weight – 426,000 lbs
  • power – 4400 horse power
  • Tractive effort – 180,000 lbf

Let us know if you love BNSF or have ever worked for them! We would love to hear your story.

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Updated: January 26, 2020 — 7:59 pm

War Wagon Hard At Work

Rotary snow plow train hard at work!

These 16 foot high A-units can plow snow banks as high as 12 feet! The centrifugal force created by the swirling 11 foot fan blades can propel the snow upwards of 100 feet to either side of the unit. Turning at 60-90 revolutions per minute, the rotary unit can move around 4-8 mph, acting as a giant auger chewing into snow banks.

Rotary snow plow trains are usually configured a plow front and back so they can make their way back from their starting point should more snow fall after their initial plow through an area.

Rotary snow plow trains usually have the following:

  • 2 rotary A-units front AND back of the train.
  • 2 F7 B- power units for the blades front and back.
  • 2 EMD F7 1500 horsepower power locomotives in the middle.

Unbelievably, the basic rotary snow plow design was invented by a dentist from Toronto, Canada, back in 1869!

Let us know if you have ever seen one of the beasts in action. We would love to hear about your experience!

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Updated: January 24, 2020 — 10:32 pm

Engineer Ed Dickens Talks Big Boy# 4014

Ed Dickens explains his labor of love of UP Steam Locomotives!

Ed Dickens, senior manager-Union Pacific Heritage Operationsand Big Boy #4014 engineer, discusses his love of locomotives, especially Big Boy #4014!

From the day Ed Dickens first held a Lionel Locomotive #844 at 4 years old, he was hooked!

As Ed explains in this video, he and his crew are on their own when they take Big Boy #4014 out on excursions. Should anything go wrong, they are the only ones with the skills that know how to fix the locomotive. In addition, they always haul a repair car behind them with parts and accessories that might be needed.

There were 25 Union Pacific “Big Boys” built overall beginning in 1941 for the specific purpose of handling freight up the 65 mile grade of the Wasatch Mountain Range starting inOgden,Utah and ending in Wyoming.

Union Pacific Big Boy #4014 stats:

  • Operated from 1941-59
  • Bearing full load weighed a total of 1,250,000 million lbs
  • Only 25 ever made
  • 4-8-8-4 configuration
  • Top speed of 80 Mph
  • Articulated with no compound of the steam
  • Water Capacity – 25,000 gallons
  • Cylinders- 4 outside (2 for each set of 4 driving wheels)
  • Boiler pressure – 300 PSI

Let us know if you have had the opportunity to view Big Boy up close. We would love to hear about your experience!

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Updated: January 24, 2020 — 2:43 pm

Big Boy #4014 In A Winter White Wonderland

Big Boy #4014 looks at home in wide open spaces!

This photographer braved the elements to get this one of kind shot of Big Boy #4014 in the snow. One has to wonder if the crew stays warm enough behind the boiler….?

Big Boy #4014 was originally designed to serve the route through the Wasatch Mountain Range beginning in Ogden, Utah and Cheyenne, Wyoming.

After being restored at the Union Pacific Steam Shop in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Big Boy #4014 was on the move again under his own power after 60 years of sitting dormant.

It is now part of Union Pacific’s heritage fleet.

Union Pacific Big Boy #4014 stats:

  • Operated from 1941-59
  • Bearing full load weighed a total of 1,250,000 million lbs
  • Only 25 ever made
  • 4-8-8-4 configuration
  • Top speed of 80 Mph
  • Articulated with no compound of the steam
  • Water Capacity – 25,000 gallons
  • Cylinders- 4 outside (2 for each set of 4 driving wheels)
  • Boiler pressure – 300 PSI

Let us know if you have had the opportunity to view Big Boy up close. We would love to hear about your experience!

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Updated: January 22, 2020 — 2:59 pm