Union Pacific 4014

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Union Pacific 4014
Posted by SPer on Wednesday, May 24, 2023 12:35 PM

Why Union Pacific decided not to run Big Boy 4014 to the West Coast tour this year. Was it change of plans or for whatever reason.

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Posted by Sunnyland on Sunday, May 28, 2023 3:48 PM

 A friend who knows Ed Dickens very well said he has not talked about a trip to Pac NW as she wanted to go, she has heard nothing about it, but felt it was not going to happen .


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Posted by challenger3980 on Monday, June 5, 2023 1:44 AM

It would sure be Nice if the UP remembered the PNW once in awhile, it has been ahella long time since either the 3985, or 844 have visited Portland 

May your flanges always stay BETWEEN the rails

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Posted by kgbw49 on Monday, June 5, 2023 9:13 AM

If memory serves correctly there had been plans for a loop trip over Donner, up the I-5 Corridor, then back to Wyoming along the Columbia River.

Similar to the Race Across The Southwest loop trip.

But COVID-19 and its aftermath put the kibosh on that trip.

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Posted by kgbw49 on Monday, June 5, 2023 9:22 AM

I am still waiting for UP to give Big Boy the opportunity to wrest the title of "Heaviest Steam-Hauled Freight in The 21st Century" from the QJ doubleheader back in October 2008.


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