Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Wednesday in Wyoming -- September 21, 2016

Last week I shared pictures of Old Sadie with you.  Today's featured train is also located in one of Cheyenne's parks.  Like Old Sadie, this is another Union Pacific locomotive, but that's where the similarities end.

This one, nicknamed Big Boy, is one of the world's largest steam engines.  At 132 feet long, it's almost twice as long as Old Sadie and weighs more than a million pounds.  Can you imagine how difficult it must have been to maneuver a locomotive that big? The engineers anticipated the problem and hinged the frame.

Only twenty-five Big Boys were built, with even fewer still in existence.  This one, #4004, is now located in Cheyenne's Holliday Park.  Come see it!

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