American rail fans had the rare opportunity to view the eye-catching 43-foot Golden Spike Monument on the move during a recent whistle stop tour visiting several towns along Union Pacific's historic transcontinental route.
Hitching a ride on Big Boy No. 4014, the world’s largest steam locomotive still in operation, could be considered a dream come true for many. For two lucky rail fans, that dream recently came true.
The Union Pacific Museum and the Council of Native American Heritage (CONAH) celebrated Golden Spike Day with a special nod to its history.
This one-of-a-kind railroad museum, celebrating its 20th anniversary at this historic location, has welcomed nearly 500,000 visitors from across the U.S. and the world – and counting, thanks to its award-winning notoriety and depth of history contained within its walls.
You expect innovation from a name like Union Pacific, although with the company’s rich history, you may be surprised how far its achievements in technology and engineering reach. Take for example the ski chairlift, spotlighted in the Union Pacific Museum’s newest exhibit, “Discovered!: Winter Sports Under a Summer Sun: The Railroad and Sun Valley.”
2,656 Lego bricks. 762 instruction steps. 300 hours. That’s what it took for Denmark-based Lego superfan Lasse Hvidtfeldt to build a 3-foot-long replica of Union Pacific’s Big Boy No. 4014 steam locomotive out of colorful plastic toy bricks.
Union Pacific finalized its new locomotive paint scheme – moving the placement of but keeping its iconic flag design, which was rolled out over 20 years ago to honor the victims of 9/11. The first Union Pacific locomotive with the refreshed paint scheme is now in service.
Union Pacific's Big Boy No. 4014 and the International Space Station are both testaments to humanity’s ability to dream big and push boundaries, says Megan McArthur Behnken, a NASA astronaut who took a Big Boy challenge coin to space with her in 2021.