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UNION PACIFIC "BIG BOY" 4014 at Columbus, Nebraska

Posted: Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:25 pm
by Charles Haacker
Union Pacific Railroad's flagship legacy steam engine, one of only 8 survivors out of 25, and the only one restored to running condition, as of May, 2019. This was her first run out on the mainline, for the 150th of the Golden Spike. She was in fine fettle.

She stopped in Omaha but I didn't want to go because I knew it would be an absolute scrum of elbow-to-elbow railfans all over the engine and in all the good shot spots. So I craftily looked at her schedule and consulted Giggle Earth to maybe find a spot where she'd be less mobbed, plus maybe by satellite I could see a place out on the mainline where I could get her coming out on an inside curve. I researched the whole thing online, drove up there early on August 5, and found everything like I'd planned. Take that, Von Clausewitz (plans never survive first contact &c). :lol:
She got her nickname thanks to a worker chalking "Big Boy" on the prototype's smokebox cover. She was supposed to be <I>Wasatch.</i>
She got her nickname thanks to a worker chalking "Big Boy" on the prototype's smokebox cover. She was supposed to be <I>Wasatch.</i>
Just as she rolled in to Columbus, I got her before she was mobbed. Those clouds are the Real Deal, but special ordered at slight extra cost.
Just as she rolled in to Columbus, I got her before she was mobbed. Those clouds are the Real Deal, but special ordered at slight extra cost.
This was the money shot, the one I planned for and hoped I could get.
This was the money shot, the one I planned for and hoped I could get.
The full set is on Flick, if you'd like to see, including screen shots of my virtual scouting expeditiion.

The Union Pacific Big Boy is a type of simple articulated 4-8-8-4 steam locomotive manufactured by the American Locomotive Company between 1941 and 1944 and operated by the Union Pacific Railroad in revenue service until 1959.

The 25 Big Boy locomotives were built to haul freight over the Wasatch mountains between Ogden, Utah, and Green River, Wyoming. In the late 1940s, they were reassigned to Cheyenne, Wyoming, where they hauled freight over Sherman Hill to Laramie, Wyoming. They were the only locomotives to use a 4-8-8-4 wheel arrangement: four-wheel leading truck for stability entering curves, two sets of eight driving wheels and a four-wheel trailing truck to support the large firebox.

Eight Big Boys survive today, most on static display at museums across the country. One locomotive was re-acquired by the Union Pacific in 2013 to be restored to operating condition. The locomotive’s restoration was completed in May 2019 and made its first runs since 1959 that same month, allowing it to regain the title as the largest and most powerful operating steam locomotive in the world.

--Wikipedia

Re: UNION PACIFIC "BIG BOY" 4014 at Columbus, Nebraska

Posted: Sun Sep 08, 2019 8:49 pm
by PietFrancke
man what a loco - I think it deserves every letter of it's name. These are nice shots Chuck, you did BigBoy justice.

Re: UNION PACIFIC "BIG BOY" 4014 at Columbus, Nebraska

Posted: Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:34 pm
by Charles Haacker
PietFrancke wrote:
Sun Sep 08, 2019 8:49 pm
man what a loco - I think it deserves every letter of it's name. These are nice shots Chuck, you did BigBoy justice.
Thank you, Piet. I'm not even a "real" railfan, chasing great legacy engines around the country (maybe they sell the pictures?). I met a bunch of them though and they are great, very courteous and accommodating (I'm not in your frame, am I? NO, am I in yours? NO...) :)

Re: UNION PACIFIC "BIG BOY" 4014 at Columbus, Nebraska

Posted: Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:46 pm
by Psjunkie
Wonderful images and your pros to be envied...well done Chuck

Re: UNION PACIFIC "BIG BOY" 4014 at Columbus, Nebraska

Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:03 am
by PietFrancke
Charles Haacker wrote:
Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:34 pm
PietFrancke wrote:
Sun Sep 08, 2019 8:49 pm
man what a loco - I think it deserves every letter of it's name. These are nice shots Chuck, you did BigBoy justice.
Thank you, Piet. I'm not even a "real" railfan, chasing great legacy engines around the country (maybe they sell the pictures?). I met a bunch of them though and they are great, very courteous and accommodating (I'm not in your frame, am I? NO, am I in yours? NO...) :)
Yes!!! We are in the same FRAME!! We are both LOCO.

Re: UNION PACIFIC "BIG BOY" 4014 at Columbus, Nebraska

Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:32 am
by minniev
Charles Haacker wrote:
Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:25 pm
Union Pacific Railroad's flagship legacy steam engine, one of only 8 survivors out of 25, and the only one restored to running condition, as of May, 2019. This was her first run out on the mainline, for the 150th of the Golden Spike. She was in fine fettle.

She stopped in Omaha but I didn't want to go because I knew it would be an absolute scrum of elbow-to-elbow railfans all over the engine and in all the good shot spots. So I craftily looked at her schedule and consulted Giggle Earth to maybe find a spot where she'd be less mobbed, plus maybe by satellite I could see a place out on the mainline where I could get her coming out on an inside curve. I researched the whole thing online, drove up there early on August 5, and found everything like I'd planned. Take that, Von Clausewitz (plans never survive first contact &c). :lol:

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The full set is on Flick, if you'd like to see, including screen shots of my virtual scouting expeditiion.

The Union Pacific Big Boy is a type of simple articulated 4-8-8-4 steam locomotive manufactured by the American Locomotive Company between 1941 and 1944 and operated by the Union Pacific Railroad in revenue service until 1959.

The 25 Big Boy locomotives were built to haul freight over the Wasatch mountains between Ogden, Utah, and Green River, Wyoming. In the late 1940s, they were reassigned to Cheyenne, Wyoming, where they hauled freight over Sherman Hill to Laramie, Wyoming. They were the only locomotives to use a 4-8-8-4 wheel arrangement: four-wheel leading truck for stability entering curves, two sets of eight driving wheels and a four-wheel trailing truck to support the large firebox.

Eight Big Boys survive today, most on static display at museums across the country. One locomotive was re-acquired by the Union Pacific in 2013 to be restored to operating condition. The locomotive’s restoration was completed in May 2019 and made its first runs since 1959 that same month, allowing it to regain the title as the largest and most powerful operating steam locomotive in the world.

--Wikipedia
Very nice set Chuck, well composed and full of zip. Love that last one with its terrific curve of track and all the detail in the engine and the cars. Trains are so fun to shoot, and there’s so many ways to edit them. You could do a ton of fun things with these excellent shots, but the set stands well on its own, as presented.

Re: UNION PACIFIC "BIG BOY" 4014 at Columbus, Nebraska

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 4:12 pm
by davechinn
Stunning train images Chuck !!! Love ole' locomotives. To see, hear and photograph one is a great opportunity. Very well done !!!
Dave

Re: UNION PACIFIC "BIG BOY" 4014 at Columbus, Nebraska

Posted: Sun Sep 22, 2019 8:42 am
by davechinn
Chuck, I accidentally came across this youtube video and it reminded me of this post. Thought you would be interested, but then again, you've probably already seen it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuJPVhtQFeQ