Is it a coincidence that it is being moved by diesel unit 4884?
No! They wanted 4014 but couldn't get it there on time
Great show ! Looked kind of tentative at first, then you heard a hiss as all the brakes finally released. Nice touch having 4014's whistle blow. Must have tapped some air off the lead locomotive. Congrats to all the UP steam guys for getting everything checked and lubed, cleaned and polished.
Where are they going to do the restoration? Cheyenne, Wyoming?
Wow, Thats a lot of steel moving on steel. I'm not a real big train fan but I do love steam. I'm looking forward to seeing it move under its own power. I see its taking three engines to move her.I assuming that's her water/ coal car behind her. What do you think that engine weighs?
Great film, please show more as they come in, hopefully all the way to Cheyenne.
Check this out:
They're called Big Boy for a reason.
Will, the Big Boy weighed in at a trim 1.2 millions pounds. Yes, that is the tender behind the engine. They say it will be a 5 year project to restore and put it back under its own power.
That's great. No need wasting a trip just hauling the Big Boy alone, might as well bring along some grain haulers as well while you're making the trip.
4014 was moved 56 miles from Pomona to Colton early Sunday morning. Metro Link Contractors cut into the continuous rails and bent that mainline over to the panel track in about an hour and a half. The Locomotive that pulled out the 1.2 million pound Titan was Southern Pacific 1996, a restored UP owned Heritage Engine that use AC instead of DC for it's powerplant. The 4014 then left Pomona around 2:00 am and went to Covina Metro Link Station until 8am on Sunday. There everyone was able to view this "Titan of the Wasatch" for several hours.
Engine 4884 Joined the 1996 to continue the move the 4014 west to the switches at the Basset interchange. The significance of the " 4884 " is this, it is the number of wheels underneath the Bigboy, 4 leading wheels followed by 8 drivers then 8 more drivers then 4 trailing wheels. The 4014 presently is in the Union Pacific yard in Colton in which it arrived around 2 pm on Sunday afternoon. The yard can be accessed from Slover ave which follows Interstate 10 on the south side near Bloomington CA.
The 4014 will be available on the next couple of weekends only for viewing and then will be towed to Cheyenne. At the Colton stop, I'm told, UP will have the 4014 undercarriage Xrayed with equipment used for this and to finish a few thing that couldn't be done in Pomona.