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Big Boy No. 4014

Twenty-five Big Boys were built exclusively for Union Pacific Railroad, the first of which was delivered in 1941. The locomotives were 132 feet long and weighed 1.2 million pounds. Because of their great length, the frames of the Big Boys were "hinged," or articulated, to allow them to negotiate curves. They had a 4-8-8-4 wheel arrangement, which meant they...

Chugging Right Along

On February 28, 1827, the first railway was chartered in the U.S. to carry passengers and freight. Those long-ago locomotives certainly ignited a love affair with people then, and the sentiment continues today through an enthusiasm for building and collecting model trains. According to Bruce Alcock, Oklahoma N-Rail is a recognized nonprofit corporation that promotes and educates the public about...