Big Boy engine restoration could take 3 to 5 years

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Cheyenne, WY (AP) - Train enthusiasts are hoping an enormous Union Pacific steam locomotive arrives in Cheyenne in time for Depot Days in May, when the railroad opens its facilities to the public.

The 600-ton Big Boy locomotive recently left California for the first leg of its journey. Once in Cheyenne, UP will give Engine 4014 a complete overall in its maintenance shop.

The restoration work will take three to five years.

The executive director of the Cheyenne-area visitors' bureau, Darren Rudloff, told the Wyoming Tribune Eagle that having a Big Boy engine that is operational will be a big draw.

The engine was one of 25 massive steam engines that began riding the transcontinental rails in 1941. It pulled heavy freight trains over the Wasatch (WAH'-sach) Mountains between Ogden, Utah and Green River, Wyo.

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