Pacing Big Boy #4014 Revenue Run In Winter
White out conditions are not enough to slow this locomotive down!
Big Boy #4014 is caught here making a revenue run from Denver, Colorado to Cheyenne, Wyoming, in blizzard conditions. The crew can be seen in the cab huddled up in winter gear to escape the cold.
Included are some great pacing shots out on the open plains north of Platteville, Colorado.
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
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