With the 2017 steam season now completed, the UP Steam Team, which operated No. 844 during three week-long trips this summer, can now give its full attention to the restoration of the Big Boy No. 4014.
Some exciting news about the Big Boy No. 4014 restoration: the UP Steam Team recently received several 1,000-pound forgings.
Google “female trailblazers” and dozens of names come up: Marie Currie, Harriet Tubman, Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks, Sandra Day O’Connor and the list goes on. But two names are noticeably absent – Bonnie Leake and Edwina Justus – women who stepped into a man’s world to become Union Pacific’s first female and first black female locomotive engineer, respectively.
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.
October has been a busy month for the Union Pacific steam team. With ultrasonic testing underway on locomotive No. 4014's boiler, locomotive No. 844's "Trek to Tennessee" also is on the horizon.
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