Union Pacific 4014 Summer Tour
Departing Cheyenne June 7 and returning July 3
The “Big Boy” UP 4000 series were not the largest steam locomotives in the United States. That said, they were among the largest and, arguable, the most successful.
Their design was tailored specifically to the grades and curve radius's of the UP tracks from Cheyenne to Ogden, Utah.
Worth a visit is the railroad depot.
On rare occasions Steam Shop tours can be taken. None are currently scheduled.
A few years ago I was able to take the tour.
Diesel Electric Locomotives
They are not sexy. They are efficient. Steam locomotives are high maintenance. WWII slowed the availability of Diesel Electrics as the power plants, mainly produced by Fairbanks-Morse, were needed for submarines.
The UP and other railroads tried using other kinds of locomotives with marginal success. A/C diesel locomotives are bottom line better. As an example, Amtrak uses D/C locomotives. Reliability is not good and often you see Amtrak with one or more A/C locomotives as back up.
Wednesday, June 7, 2023
You will find me somewhere in the vicinity of:
As always, YMMV