The History of the Big Boy Locomotive, Part 2

Posted 4 days ago by John E. Bush
For Part 1 of the Big Boy history, click here.  At this same time, the newly formed Department of Research and Mechanical Standards, led by Wyoming native Otto Jabelmann who had come under the eye of the Harriman family and been brought to Omaha to run the new group, was updating older power.  Always active in the advancement of steam loco performance and economy, Union Pacific staff had worked closely with engineers in the Firebar Corporation in the early 1930’s to develop a ne...

The History of the Big Boy Locomotive, Part 1

Posted 10 days ago by John E. Bush
Please let me open by stating that I am humbled and excited by the invitation to prepare and share this blog. The chance to do this now, as we anxiously await completion of the restoration to operation of Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014, a concept only dreamed of just a few short years ago, somehow brings a feeling of kinship. As if I’m somehow a part of the family so diligently working toward what was for decades a seemingly impossible, never-to-happen goal. I hope it proves half as much f...

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