Big Boy coming through

"Big Boy" 4014 rolling through Bracken Texas.
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The train, Union Pacific’s Big Boy No. 4014, is one of 25 built for Union Pacific. There are only eight still in existence and the No. 4014 is the only one still operational.
The Big Boy, about half as long as a Boeing 747 at 132 feet long and 17 feet tall, was built with hinges that let it bend to handle the curves of the terrain between Cheyenne, Wyo., and Ogden, Utah. The No. 4014, weighing in at 1.2 million pounds, was delivered in December 1941 and operated for 20 years, covering 1,031,205 miles in that span, according to Union Pacific. In 2013, Union Pacific bought it from a California museum and began restoring it, a process that took more than 2½ years .
Union Pacific put Big Boy No. 4014 back in service for its commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the completion of the nation’s first transcontinental railroad. The No. 4014 and another historic steam locomotive, Living Legend No. 844, were used to re-create the image taken May 10, 1869, when the last spike of the transcontinental railroad was driven in at Promontory Summit.
The tour wraps up in Cheyenne at the end of the month.


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Location: Bracken Texas