Big Boy 4014 Arrives In Natchitoches

Big Boy 4014 facts

1. Big Boy 4014 was delivered to Union Pacific in Dec. 1941

2. Ran over 1 million miles in its 18 years of service

3. Its Last run was July 21, 1959 but

4. It Officially retired in Dec. 1961

5. Restoration began in Cheyenne, Wyoming in 2013

6. It was Converted from coal burning to oil burning

7. In May, 2019, Restoration was completed, and Big Boy returned to service

8. This is one of 25 Big Boys built

9. Only eight survive

a. 7 of them are on public display

10. This is the only one which is operational

11. About 133 feet long

a. About the length of a traditional diesel locomotive plus a regular size school bus plus a modern full-size sedan

b. It’s so long that the locomotive is hinged to allow it to go around curves.

12. It Weighs about 1.2 million pounds

a. About the same as three modern diesel locomotives

b. That’s equivalent to around 300 Ford F150 Pickups

13. The Big Boys can reach speeds of about 80 mph but is limited to 55 mph in regular service.

14. It takes nearly 1.5 miles to stop Big Boy traveling at 55 mph.

15. Holds 25,000 gallons of water

16. Originally carried 56,000 lbs. of coal

17. 4-8-8-4 Wheel arrangement, meaning

a. 4 pilot wheels in front

b. 8 wheels for first engine

c. 8 wheels for second engine

d. 4 wheels trailing to support the back of the locomotive


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7 thoughts on “Big Boy 4014 Arrives In Natchitoches

    • 2 years ago it got as close as Texarkana and possibly the piney woods of east Texas. It’s possible they could come again in 2 years. We’ll just have to wait and see.

    • Missouri Pacific was absorbed by the Union Pacific. So you would have to send in an application to them.

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