Union Pacific Railroad today announced that it has arranged to acquire and restore one of the largest steam locomotives ever built.
Union Pacific reported that it has reached an agreement with the Southern California Chapter - Railway & Locomotive Historical Society in Pomona to transfer ownership of Big Boy No. 4014 back to the railroad company.
The locomotive is to be moved to Cheyenne, Wyo., where Union Pacific's Heritage Fleet Operations team will work to restore it to operating condition, according to a news release. Officials said details of the restoration efforts will be disclosed at a later date.
Union Pacific donated No. 4014 to the historical society Dec. 7, 1961. The locomotive has been displayed at the Rail Giants Train Museum in Pomona.
"Our steam locomotive program is a source of great pride to Union Pacific employees past and present," Ed Dickens, senior manager of Union Pacific Heritage Operations, said in a written statement. "We are very excited about the opportunity to bring history to life by restoring No. 4014."