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Restored 'Big Boy' would be in Cheyenne
Union Pacific's "Big Boy" locomotives were the most powerful steam engines ever used by the railroad. Photo by Union Pacific

Restored Big Boy would be in Cheyenne

Jul 24, 2013 - Associated Press

CHEYENNE (AP) -- Union Pacific Railroad says it will try to restore one of the largest steam locomotives ever built to operating condition.

The railroad said Tuesday that had it reached an agreement to acquire a "Big Boy" locomotive from the RailGiants Train Museum at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds.

It will be moved to Union Pacific's Cheyenne shops, where the railroad maintains other operating steam locomotives.

Twenty-five of the massive and powerful engines were built in the 1940s to haul heavy Union Pacific freight trains over Wyoming and Utah mountains. The last was retired in 1962.

A decommissioned Big Boy is displayed at a park in Cheyenne, but a different one will undergo the restoration effort.

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