Big Boy 4014 comes to Cheyenne


Cheyenne, (WY)- Union Pacific trains passing through Cheyenne aren't a new thing. But on Thursday, the special cargo attached to one locomotive had hundreds of people from all over the country gathering behind the Depot for a glimpse.

The Union Pacific 4014, or "Big Boy" rolled into Cheyenne Thursday afternoon. It's been on a journey from a railway museum in Pomona, California, passing through Las Vegas, Ogden, and Laramie. Now, the train is in Cheyenne, and that's where it will stay for the next five years.

Ed Dickens is the Director of Union Pacific's Heritage Operations and he says his crew worked for 9 months to get the train ready. And the hardest part was getting the train over a parking lot without tracks.

Mayor Rick Kaysen rode the Big Boy into town and said the expereince was "indescribable." He called the restoration a "great thing" for the city.

Linda Zimmerman said she fell in love with trains after she got married, and called the experience on Thursday, "awesome."
"Its a once in a lifetime experience," said Zimmerman.

After a short time on the tracks, the train was moved into the UP steamshop where restoration will begin. The whole process could take up to five years. After that it will be used for special excursions.


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