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(Neb)-Steam Locomotive Visiting The Panhandle

By: John Axtell Posted at: 08/07/2019 01:50 PM
SIDNEY, Neb. -  Fans of railroads and history can get a glimpse of the past in the Panhandle and southeast Wyoming today and tomorrow as one of the last and largest steam locomotives makes an overnight visit.

      Union Pacific’s Big Boy 4014 locomotive has been in North Platte for a community celebration and is now headed back to its home in Cheyenne.

      It stopped in Ogallala this morning and at Chappell over the noon hour. It's now in Sidney and will remain there until it leaves at 8 a.m. tomorrow. 4014 will make one final stop in Pine Bluffs at 9:45 before returning home to U-P's Cheyenne Steam Shop, where it should arrive shortly after 11:00.

     4014 was originally delivered to the U-P in December 1941, going into service primarily between Ogden and Cheyenne. By the time it was retired at the end of 1961, it had traveled more than a million miles.

      The Union Pacific reacquired the locomotive from a California museum in 2013 and restored it in Cheyenne, converting it to burn #5 oil instead of coal.


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