Big Boy #4014 Barrels Past Cheyenne Wells
25 Big Boy monster steam locomotives were built beginning in 1941.
Each locomotive measured 132 feet long and were designed to handle freight up the 65 mile grade of the Wasatch Mountain Range between Ogden, Utah and Cheyenne,Wyoming.
Big Boy #4014 is the only operating locomotive of the 8 that are left that have not been scrapped. The remaining Big Boys are on public display around the country including St. Louis, Missouri, Denver, Colorado, and Cheyenne, 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
Please let us know if you have had the opportunity to see Big Boy #4014 on the rails. We would love to hear from you!