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Big Boy #4014 And UP #844 Building Up A Head Of Steam

UP #4014 and UP #844 building up steam simultaneously!

While getting ready to leave Rawlins, Wyoming, as part of their inaugural run together, Big Boy #4014 and UP #844 are building up to 300 psi in the boiler.

Of the 25 Big Boys that were built, all but 8 were scrapped, unfortunately.

h3>Some Quick Facts about UP #844

  • Rail Line: Union Pacific
  • Power type: 4-8-4 Steam Locomotive FEF-3 class Northern
  • Builder: American Locomotive Company
  • Locomotive and tender weight: 907,890 lbs
  • Driver diameters – 80 inches!
  • Tractive effort: 63,750 lbf
  • MAX SPEED – 120 MPH !

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 these two locomotives in person. We would love to hear about your experience!

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Updated: January 17, 2020 — 8:24 pm

A Slow Cold Start For Big Boy #4014

Union Pacific’s Big Boy 4014 is quickly builds up a head of steam!

Early morning in Denver, Colorado in a driving snow storm provided the perfect opportunity to witness the initial buildup of boiler pressure Big Boy #4014 to begin the day. UP “Big Boy” 4014 runs up boiler pressure to 300 psi in order start moving the 1,250,000 lbs of locomotive and tender weight.

During World War II, since metal and fuel was in short supply, the Big Boy class locomotive was conceived to eliminate the need to double head up the Wasatch Mountains. UP originally ordered 20 class 4000 engines in 1941 and then 5 more in 1944 at $265,174 per engine. Adjusted for inflation, it is estimated that this would have totaled a whopping $107,620,056 or more in today’s dollars, each engine individually running $4,304,802!

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: January 12, 2020 — 12:59 pm

Pacing Big Boy #4014 In Colorado

Big Boy pacing action!

There were 25 Union Pacific “Big Boys” built overall beginning in 1941 for the specific purpose of hauling long freight trains over the prairies of southern Wyoming during World War II. Union Pacific wanted one locomotive with enough horse power so that they did not have to double or triple head with other steam locomotives to get the job done.

As seen here, Big Boy #4014 is also hauling commercial hopper cars as well as passenger cars with a diesel assist.

The diesel unit supplies current to power the train as well as acting as additional weight to help with stability at fast speeds.

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 up close. We would love to hear about your experience!

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Updated: January 9, 2020 — 6:24 pm

Big Boy #4014 In South Texas

Who hasn’t heard of Big Boy #4014 ?

Some of the most iconic shots of this famous locomotive include the slower run by’s where the steam seems to engulf this locomotive!

During World War II, since metal and fuel was in short supply, the Big Boy class locomotive was conceived to eliminate the need to double head up the Wasatch Mountains. UP originally ordered 20 class 4000 engines in 1941 and then 5 more in 1944 at $265,174 per engine. Adjusted for inflation, it is estimated that this would have totaled a whopping $107,620,056 or more in today’s dollars, each engine individually running $4,304,802!

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 !

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Updated: January 9, 2020 — 3:25 pm

Never Stand This Close

Waiting passengers get blasted by snow from oncoming Amtrak!

Combine a commuter train, passengers, and a fresh layer of powder snow and Voila’, an instant shower of snow!

The winter of 2017 has brought some very interesting weather, not the least of which is this clip of standing on the platform in Rhinecliff, New York.

As a result of the storm Stella in late winter, the eastern seaboard of the United States came to a standstill as a result of heavy snow and rain from Maine to Virginia.

The Amtrak train #236 came barreling into the platform at speed which hurled a wave of snow over onto those passengers brave enough to stand near the tracks.

The locomotives’ front low fenders acted as a snow plow slicing through the snow with precision!

Let us know if you have ever been too close for comfort while waiting for a train. We would love to hear about your experience!

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Updated: January 7, 2020 — 8:17 pm

Big Boy #4014 Heading Out

Union Pacific’s Big Boy 4014 is quickly builds up a head of steam!

Early morning in Provo, Utah, provided the perfect opportunity to witness the initial buildup of boiler pressure Big Boy #4014 to begin the day. UP “Big Boy” 4014 runs up boiler pressure to 300 psi in order start moving the 1,250,000 lbs of locomotive and tender weight.

During World War II, since metal and fuel was in short supply, the Big Boy class locomotive was conceived to eliminate the need to double head up the Wasatch Mountains. UP originally ordered 20 class 4000 engines in 1941 and then 5 more in 1944 at $265,174 per engine. Adjusted for inflation, it is estimated that this would have totaled a whopping $107,620,056 or more in today’s dollars, each engine individually running $4,304,802!

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 these two locomotives in person. We would love to hear about your experience!

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Updated: December 21, 2019 — 2:18 pm

Pacing Big Boy #4014

Big Boys were primarily used in Union Pacific’s Wyoming division, and could be seen running between Utah and Wyoming!

While no one knows for certain, it is said that an ALCO employee had chalked the name onto the first 4000 class engine constructed. 

Of the 25 Big Boys that were built, all but 8 were scrapped, unfortunately.

During World War II, since metal and fuel was in short supply, the Big Boy class locomotive was conceived to eliminate the need to double head up the Wasatch Mountains. UP originally ordered 20 class 4000 engines in 1941 and then 5 more in 1944 at $265,174 per engine. Adjusted for inflation, it is estimated that this would have totaled a whopping $107,620,056 or more in today’s dollars, each engine individually running $4,304,802!

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 up close. We would love to hear about your experience!

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Updated: December 19, 2019 — 3:05 pm

Big Boy #4014 In Kansas Snow

Union Pacific’s Big Boy 4014 is seen making the rounds in Kansas becoming the most photographed locomotives ever!

During World War II, since metal and fuel was in short supply, the Big Boy class locomotive was conceived to eliminate the need to double head up the Wasatch Mountains. UP originally ordered 20 class 4000 engines in 1941 and then 5 more in 1944 at $265,174 per engine. Adjusted for inflation, it is estimated that this would have totaled a whopping $107,620,056 or more in today’s dollars, each engine individually running $4,304,802!

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 these two locomotives in person. We would love to hear about your experience!

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Updated: December 18, 2019 — 1:36 pm

Conference @ SEATAC Trips

A few months ago I attended a conference out at SEATAC and haven’t, until now, managed to get a trip report written up. This is simply the story of my trips to and from the conference, with a little added context and information Transit Sleuth style. Outbound to SEATAC Let’s talk about the strange town […]

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Updated: December 3, 2019 — 5:31 pm