new icn messageflickr-free-ic3d pan white

Big Boy (UP #4014 Locomotive) Pass-By, Arcadia and Ogden, Iowa (August 2, 2019)

We spent a day "chasing" the Union Pacific steam locomotive #4014, as it pulled a small train across Iowa. This engine was taken out of service in the late 1950's and sat in Pomona, California (my home town) for 50+ years. Recently, Union Pacific got possession, hauled it back to Cheyenne, Wyoming, and restored it to full operation.


Union Pacific is running this train through the MidWest during July-August 2019, and we were fortunate to see it in static display in Des Moines, and then along the tracks as the locomotive sped by. Awesome experience.


Our best vantages were rural crossings, where we could park our vehicle, set up cameras, and wait for the train, all without large crowds. When the train made scheduled stops in towns, there were too many people around for a clear capture. Some enterprising photographers were taking pictures from highway bridges, which looked interesting. However, you only get a few seconds to capture video and photos of the train passing by. The whistle was amazing, and we had goose bumps ("chicken skin" they say in Hawai'i) just from the sound.

10 faves
1 comment
Uploaded on August 13, 2019