Railroad restoring gigantic steam locomotive

04/15/2014 | U.S. News & World Report

A giant, 6,300-horsepower steam locomotive that was used to haul massive trains over Western mountains is being brought slowly back to life. The Union Pacific Railroad says it will take years to restore Big Boy No. 4014, which is big enough at 132 feet in length and 1.2 million pounds fully fueled. The machine embodies two engines under one boiler, each powering eight drive wheels.

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