Photo finish. So this is how it ended....UP crew, left to right (844 to 4014): Ted Schulte, Kirt Clark, Bruce Kirk, Garland Baker, Troy Plagge, Jimmy Thompson, Don Crerar, Austin Barker, Ed Dicke... (more)
The sun does not get much lower than this as the last few minutes of direct sun illuminates UP 7489 (AC45CCTE) as it runs light out of the UP's Cheyenne Yard.
Prior to #4014 heading out for a test run, there was a lot of technical & logistical work done....and taking up nearly two hours was this move around the balloon track....most of the time eaten up... (more)
The 4014 passes a waiting freight and a photo line that seems to stretch to infinity.
#4014 stretches its legs in preparation for the long trip to Ogden. The absolute last rays of daylight didn't go to waste.
#4014 stretches its legs in preparation for the long tip to Ogden.
Rolling up to Cheyenne Depot, and crew change point, is "one last freight" to shoot through before the christening of Big Boy 4014's second life. Crowds are already gathered for the steam behemoth... (more)
The immense size of UP 4014 is evident as the crew tends to the myriad of valves, rods and pistons.
UP Big Boy 4014 rounds the bend with a windmill farm visible in the background. The persons on the hill off to the right were flying a drone, following the engine through the open lands west of C... (more)
The UP yard in Cheyenne never disappoints if you like trains with lots of power. It is not uncommon to see 5 and 6 engine lash-ups pulling long double stack trains.
The Swan Ranch Railroad operates a number of engines in an industrial area south of Cheyenne Wyoming. Their attractive black and yellow paint schemes are certainly not hard to miss.
I have heard, from nearly every rail photographer I've ever encountered since I began this journey in the 70's, how much they longed to see a live "Big Boy". Here we are, in 2019, and i... (more)
60 years ago, 4-8-8-4's were running out their last miles between Cheyenne and Laramie, WY. For the first time since then, a Big Boy charges out of Cheyenne. Truly a breathtaking sight.
UP 4014 and 844 climb the steep grade that will take them to Harriman where they will stop to grease up the engines.
UP 4014 and 844 break through the shadows as they head towards Herriman, Wyoming. The day started with not a cloud in the sky, but by the time the christening of 4014 was completed in Cheyenne an... (more)