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4014 Schedule Article for 2019, Trains Magazine

Postby Millhouse » Wed Jan 23, 2019 11:15 pm

http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2019/01/23-mid-february-for-ups-big-boy-4014-schedule-this-spring

The article's a little vague, but the biggest draw I'm getting from this is that 4014 will tour the UP system after Ogden.

I'm more curious when and where the break-in and test runs will start.

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Re: 4014 Schedule Article for 2019, Trains Magazine

Postby John Bohon » Thu Jan 24, 2019 11:57 am

Considering the way steam work goes the runs to the golden spike may be the break in runs. The last I saw they had a long way to go. Getting the wheels under the engine is just the start of reassembly. Has the boiler been hot yet?

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Re: 4014 Schedule Article for 2019, Trains Magazine

Postby Millhouse » Thu Jan 24, 2019 2:06 pm

John - Unknown on the boiler question. There has been no visible evidence coming out of Cheyenne. Last images I saw were of the boiler being re-attached to the front engine set, which was completed. Rear drivers were still not yet installed.

Part of me still wonders this... some time back a person in another thread (I don't remember who) guestimated that UP may be towing the 4014 to Ogden as just a display piece because it might not be finished yet. I didn't think it possible at the time. Now I'm not so certain.

Guess we'll see - won't be a long wait.

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Re: 4014 Schedule Article for 2019, Trains Magazine

Postby Mark D » Fri Jan 25, 2019 11:03 am

Not having the experience John has, I might be wrong. But from the experience I do have it seems that toward the end things start to go faster until all that's left is a bit of jewelry to stick on. I would think that's because toward the end all the machining and fabricating work is pretty much done. Stuff that wouldn't fit has been made to fit, etc.
So don't be surprised when all of a sudden you find the engine is out on trial runs. Even if it's to the non-existent golden spike.

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Re: 4014 Schedule Article for 2019, Trains Magazine

Postby Junk_Man999 » Tue Jan 29, 2019 4:51 pm

Here's an article saying that 4014 is nearing completion.
Steam Update: Big Boy’s Restoration Nearly Complete

Accompanying Official UP Video
All Aboard!!!


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Re: 4014 Schedule Article for 2019, Trains Magazine

Postby Mark D » Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:33 am

Looks like things are coming along in the U.P. 'Skunk Works'. Good for them! I'll never see it for real in operation, but I'm looking forward to see it operating in video.
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Re: 4014 Schedule Article for 2019, Trains Magazine

Postby Robert T » Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:08 pm

Mark,

You might be able to see it if it comes to St. Paul, like the the Challenger did.

I myself chased the Challenger from Owatanna to Northfield and rode it from St Paul to Des Moines. I also saw it when it was on display in St. Paul and then chased it from Shakopee to Mankato. You wouldn't believe the large crowd of people that came to see it, especially in the last two locations.

Here is the video I took of it from Shakopee to Mankato.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHRwhQWGd8o

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Re: 4014 Schedule Article for 2019, Trains Magazine

Postby Millhouse » Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:52 pm

The Union Pacific Steam Club Facebook page (an officially run page by UP), did a short video by Ed Dickens, announcing that the first hydrostatic tests of the boiler are underway. Whether it's ready for Ogden or not, the speed at which this has been done is nothing short of amazing.

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Re: 4014 Schedule Article for 2019, Trains Magazine

Postby SOO2719 » Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:32 pm

Robert, could the 4014 even traverse the old Rock Island and Omaha? I would hope so, but the "Big" in "Big Boy" might nix that.
Darn it Uncle Pete, couldn't you have upgraded all of the old Chicago and North Western to accept your steam fleet when you bought the C&NW in 1995?
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Re: 4014 Schedule Article for 2019, Trains Magazine

Postby Robert T » Tue Feb 19, 2019 10:37 pm

I'm not sure whether or not the 4014 can make it to St. Paul like the Challenger. I'm hoping it can.

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Re: 4014 Schedule Article for 2019, Trains Magazine

Postby Mark D » Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:57 am

SOO2719 wrote:Robert, could the 4014 even traverse the old Rock Island and Omaha? I would hope so, but the "Big" in "Big Boy" might nix that.
Darn it Uncle Pete, couldn't you have upgraded all of the old Chicago and North Western to accept your steam fleet when you bought the C&NW in 1995?

Does that imply that the U.P., the railroad that ran west to join up with the W.P. can't get to the joining of the railroads without running on someone else's railroad? My how things can change!
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Re: 4014 Schedule Article for 2019, Trains Magazine

Postby SOO2719 » Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:04 pm

Mark, I was referring to the old Rock Island Spine Line, which runs from the Iowa border to Albert Lea to St. Paul in Minnesota, and the old Omaha Road's main line, which runs from St. Paul to Mankato and points southwest in MN. Both were long owned by the Chicago and North Western before Union Pacific bought the C&NW in 1995. U.P. 3985 has traversed the Rock and Omaha twice on her visits to Gopher Land, so the speculation here is whether or not the 4014 could too.
And by W.P., do you mean Central Pacific?
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Re: 4014 Schedule Article for 2019, Trains Magazine

Postby Mark D » Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:12 am

Yeah, that's it! Central Pacific. Duh!
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