Big Boy No. 4014 was delivered to Union Pacific in December 1941. It is of a 4-8-8-4 wheel configuration; 132 feet long and weighing 1.2 million pounds. Union Pacific retired the locomotive in December 1961, having traveled 1,031,205 miles in its 20 years in service. It was reacquired No. 4014 from the RailGiants Museum in Pomona, California, in 2013; where it had been on display and moved back to Cheyenne Wyoming to begin a multi-year restoration process. In 2019 UP #4014 was brought back to life to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in 1869. It had been almost 60 years and multiple generations since the last time a 4-8-8-4 Big Boy operated under its own power.
This Hornby Rivarossi 4-8-8-4 Big Boy is a model of the largest steam locomotive in the U.S. It was operated by the Union Pacific in heavy freight service and could reach speeds over 70 miles per hour. With the huge American celebration of the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad and the driving of the Golden Spike Big Boy No. 4014 has been restored to operation to help commemorate the event. This Rivarossi model from Hornby comes equipped with a five-pole motor and dual flywheels for smooth performance. It is equipped with a sound and DCC decoder. The 4-8-8-4 Big Boy features fine detailing, accurate decoration, many separately applied details and magnetic knuckle couplers.
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