CHEYENNE – Historical steam engines Big Boy 4014 and Living Legend 844 are returning to Cheyenne this weekend.
According to the Union Pacific website, Big Boy and Living Legend are expected to depart Laramie around 8 a.m. today and arrive in Sherman Hill at about 9:15 a.m. After a brief layover, the steam engines will then depart Sherman Hill at 9:25 a.m. and arrive in Cheyenne around 11:05 a.m. at the UP Steam Shop.
The team at the UP Steam Shop in Cheyenne has worked since 2014 to rehab both Big Boy 4014 and the Living Legend 844, the last steam locomotive built for the company. While 844 has been working for UP since its retirement in 1960 in special service, the Big Boy had been sitting idle at the RailGiants Train Museum in California since 1962, right after its retirement.
The steam engines departed the Cheyenne Depot and headed to Harriman, Laramie, Medicine Bow and Rawlins, all in one day, to get to Ogden by May 9 for the city’s Heritage Festival.