Chasing the UP 4014 'Big Boy' in Iowa and Texas, 2019, and Nebraska, 2021

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Video From Nebraska, 2021

Sandra has put together a video from our various cameras in use on 8 August 2021, near Fairview, Nebraska.

See: Video of UP4014 Passing By in Nebraska [Brighteon]

or, Video of UP4014 Passing By in Nebraska [Ipernity]

Composite Video From Both Iowa and Texas, 2019

Sandra has put together a video with all of the 2019 pass-by's.

See: Video of UP4014 Passing By in Both Texas and Iowa [Brighteon]

or, Video of UP4014 Passing By in Both Texas and Iowa [Ipernity]

About Our Iowa Visit

We spent a day "chasing" the Union Pacific steam locomotive #4014, as it pulled a small train across Iowa. This engine was taken out of service in the late 1950's and sat in Pomona, California (my home town) for 50+ years. Recently, Union Pacific got possession, hauled it back to Cheyenne, Wyoming, and restored it to full operation.

Union Pacific ran this train through the MidWest during July-August 2019, and we were fortunate to see it in static display in Des Moines, and then along the tracks as the locomotive sped by. Awesome experience.

Our best vantages were rural crossings, where we could park our vehicle, set up cameras, and wait for the train, all without large crowds. When the train made scheduled stops in towns, there were too many people around for a clear capture. Some enterprising photographers were taking pictures from highway bridges, which looked interesting. However, you only get 30 or so seconds to capture video and photos of the train passing by.

The sound of the steam whistle is amazing, and we had goose bumps ("chicken skin" they say in Hawai'i) just from the sound. We've also added links to a video of the pass-by of the train in Iowa.

About Our Texas Visit

The Big Boy made a run through Texas later in 2019. We were fortunate to be in D'Hanis, Texas on November 4, 2019 for another pass-by. We'd been in this lovely small town a few years back, and knew that there would be good viewing. Even better, the schools had bussed the children over to the old downtown area, and you can see them waving American Flags, as the train rolled by. We have added a video of the Texas pass, along with another whistle sound file.

About Our Nebraska Visit

We found out about the August 2021 trips from the UP steam website. Fortunately, we were able to drive down to southern Nebraska on Sunday 8 August 2021 from Sioux Falls, SD. We checked times and locations using online maps, and found a rural crossing near Fairview, Nebraska. Fortunately, there were very few other photographers at that location, and we were able to set up in time to catch a great pass-by.

While the 2019 train had special passenger cars, this train (so far) contained only maintenance cars for the crew, and several hopper cars with heavy rock gravel (for balast). The good news was that there was a very nice UP caboose on the end (with FRED). (Later videos online show that the train was enhanced after our visit, to include special passenger cars.)

NOTE that these videos, sound recordings, and photographs are Copyright©2019-21 Robert and Sandra Swanson. I greatly appreciate people viewing the photos and video, but not stealing them. If someone is interested from a commercial point of view, please contact me.

Photo Albums

UP4014 Passing Rural Crossing Near Ogden, Iowa

UP4014 Passing Through Arcadia, Iowa

UP4014 in Static Display in Des Moines, Iowa

UP4014 Passing Through D'Hanis, Texas, November 4, 2019

D'Hanis, Texas, Downtown Area

Whistle Recordings

Audio of UP4014 Steam Whistle (1) [mp3]

Audio of UP4014 Steam Whistle (2) [mp3]

Audio of UP4014 Steam Whistle (3) [mp3]

Audio of UP4014 Steam Whistle (D'Hanis Texas) [mp3]

Video of Pass-By in Ogden and Arcadia, Iowa

Video of UP4014 Passing By in Ogden and Arcadia, Iowa [Brighteon]

Video of Pass-By in D'Hanis, Texas

Video of UP4014 Passing By in D'Hanis, Texas [Brighteon]

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