July 25, 2022 |
Railroad enthusiasts, train buffs, historians and lovers of the American West should take note. Union Pacific’s famed “Big Boy” No. 4014 will be in Cheyenne on Saturday.
The event is part of a special passenger trip from the Mile High City to Cheyenne Frontier Days hosted by the Union Pacific Museum. A larger West Coast Steam Engine Tour planned for this summer was cancelled. So Saturday’s event will be the only time Big Boy will be in Wyoming this year.
A legacy of rail-road’s golden era, 25 Big Boys were built for Union Pacific to haul heavy freight during World War II. Only eight of the giant steel engines remain and No. 4014 is the only functioning one. It was delivered to Union Pacific in December 1941.
Ticket prices were $1,200 for seating in the dome level of the vintage Colorado Eagle dining car, and $750 for the lower level. The rare experience to enjoy the steel rail ride to Cheyenne Frontier Days in Classic Coach with reclining seats and picture windows were $650. Ticket sales ended Friday after sales to the UP Museum patrons.
Pictured above: The Union Pacific’s Big Boy steam locomotive. Photo by Cali O’Hare/Bigfoot 99.