Steam Update: With Disassembly Complete, Big Boy Fabrication Underway

Wed, 1 Feb 2017 14:30:00 CDT Heritage Yes Yes

Work on restoring Union Pacific's Big Boy, locomotive No. 4014, has been progressing at a fast and furious pace. The Union Pacific Steam Team began stripping the locomotive in early November, completing the disassembly process in January. Once additional parts are fabricated, No. 4014 will be ready for reassembly.

Chicago: Balancing Freight and Commuters at the World's Busiest Terminal

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:18:00 CDT Community Yes Yes

In the pre-dawn drizzle of an early fall day, commuters in Evanston, Illinois, a suburb just north of Chicago, watch an inbound Metra train pull into the station at precisely 6:13 a.m. They line up where they know doors will most likely open and sort themselves out, some heading to the upper deck for the tree-top view.

A Christmas Tree's Journey

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 15:19:00 CDT Insights Yes Yes

Twinkling lights cast a festive glow as wet, fluffy snowflakes – the kind begging to be turned into a snowman – flutter to the ground. Inside, the fire is crackling, glasses are filled with egg nog and children plead to open “just one gift," as they anticipate Santa's arrival. It's a scene often captured in Thomas Kinkade paintings and in countless movies. At the heart of each good old fashioned family celebration is the Christmas tree.

Selfie Tragedy Forever Impacts Those Left Behind

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 10:02:00 CDT Safety Yes Yes

Essa Ricker and Kelsea Webster, both 15, and Kelsea's little sister, Savannah, waved at a westbound train crew and squeezed in for a selfie as it rolled through Utah's scenic Spanish Fork Canyon October 2011.