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Relic, Survived by classictrains Relic, Survived by classictrains
One amazing day in Cheyenne, Wyoming while taking pictures of Union Pacific's gas-turbines (see #4 in the background) I happened to see, sitting over in the dead line, Big Boy #4023.

I had heard that it was locked away in a roundhouse and that there were on-and-off discussions about trying to get her under steam again. I never expected to be able to see her but there she was getting a sunbath. To my utter amazment I was actually able to walk around to her sunny side and grab a snap while hanging on the side of some other car on the next track.

She hasn't ever been under steam again but she has been cosmetically restored beautifully and can be seen in today in a Park in Omaha, Nebraska.
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matt-durkan-railways Oct 24, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
What a machine. Power defined.
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:iconpwesty:
Man he is mighty sight. If I would have been there I would have given him a big hug just for surviving the cutters torch.
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:iconclassictrains:
I never expected to see her outside... my jaw hung open.
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Dragstrip Dec 10, 2008
How difficult would it be to get this under steam again? It couldn't be any harder than getting an old airplane into the air...
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:iconclassictrains:
Incredibly difficult. Her guts are rotten. You would be better off building a new one from scratch. She has also been used for parts to keep the Challenger alive. Different engine but lot's of gauges, valves, piping, etc. could be reused.
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:iconpwesty:
I have heard that out of the eight BB that are left to us, four are are good shape to be restored. And out of those four, two are in the best shape to return. But the sad thing about that it will never happen.
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Dragstrip Dec 14, 2008
I see what you mean an airplane is easier than that giant because it didn't have superheated water running through it's inards. Still it would be an awsome sight.
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Dragstrip Dec 10, 2008
All hail the Big Boy and it's 560 tons of steam driven glory!
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:icongunslinger87:
560 tons of RAW POWER!!! :D
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:iconclassictrains:
Impressive even when cold.
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