The Union Pacific “Big Boy”

This past week a few friends and I spent some time trackside to view the Union Pacific’s 4-8-8-4 steam locomotive #4014 during its visit to Louisiana. On Thursday two of us traveled west across the Mississippi River to the area south of the U.P. yard in Livonia, Louisiana to scout out some potential photo locations for the next day. On Friday morning the train would be departing from Livonia, heading down to its next destination, New Orleans. After finalizing a good photo spot, we headed north to above the Livonia yard to await the train’s arrival from Beaumont, Texas. It was due to arrive at 5:00 pm, and they arrived only minutes late.

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Later today (Sunday) a few of us plan to run over to Donaldsonville, Louisiana to see the train heading back north from New Orleans on the next leg of its journey. If I’m lucky I may get a few more shots of this spectacular locomotive!

3 thoughts on “The Union Pacific “Big Boy”

  1. Very cool shots Jack.
    Could not get up to Tulsa to see it a few wks. back.
    But standing next to U.P.’s Challenger in El Reno, OK. a few yrs. back was a memory of a life time.
    Those machines just do Not seem that large til you stand next to them.
    Wish I was on the hunt that day down there.

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