Union Pacific BIG BOY 4-8-8-4 1/25 Scale (Engine)

Discussion in 'Gallery & Designs' started by kooklik, Sep 2, 2009.

  1. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    The mini forge must cost you a fortune in energy costs! :)

    Excellent looking trail truck. It should provide many decades of reliable service!! :)
  2. kooklik

    kooklik Member

    Still continue on the trail truck. Added grease pipes. Pipe bending was a very hard and fine job. I made templates for bending same as other pipe parts. This made me to bend the more exactly size of pipes.

    Installation must be very careful on damaging every parts. Be sure that the pipe bending is exactly fit to other parts before glueing.




  3. skidoosnopro

    skidoosnopro New Member

    This is an amazing job . As a child I was around the big boy at the railroad museum alot in green bay Wis . Back in the 70's they had a big celibration at the museum and they pumped up the boiler on the big boy with air and I was able to blow the wistle. I hope one day this become a kit I can get to build this amazing model !!
  4. Johndhs

    Johndhs New Member

  5. kooklik

    kooklik Member

    Hello there
    I have not updated for many weeks. Thanks for all posts and viewings. Just a little bit parts by parts installed the trail truck. I added the brake cylinders and wiring.



  6. Jerome Morris

    Jerome Morris New Member

    I to have just gone through this build thread.
    I;m a pretty good model builder, but I am awe struck by this locomotive build.
  7. Kiyoshi

    Kiyoshi Member

    Hello Kooklik, congratulations on your awesome work! I am not much into trains, but when this model becomes available, I think I need to build it :) Nothing but respect for your designing and modelling skills, and your eye for detail. I'll keep following this thread, and build other stuff in the meantime to hone my skills so I can build the Big Boy one day :)
  8. hmas

    hmas Member

    Union Pacific looking to restore Big Boy for excursion service
    Published: December 7, 2012
    No. 4014 climbing Wyoming's Sherman Hill on June 25, 1949.
    Photo by R.H. Kindig
    POMONA, Calif. – The treasurer of the Southern California railroad club that owns a displayed Union Pacific Big Boy 4-8-8-4 says his group hopes to learn more Saturday about a UP offer to acquire No. 4014 for restoration and operation.

    In an exclusive interview with Trains NewsWire, John Mastrobuoni from Prescott, Ariz., said the Southern California Chapter of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society is eager to find out if the railroad can meet its requirement that a replacement piece take the place of the Big Boy at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds in Pomona. The engine is one of eight survivors of the 25 that Alco built in 1941 for freight service between Cheyenne, Wyo., and Ogden, Utah.

    Mastrobuoni said he participated by phone in a meeting Tuesday in which Ed Dickens, who manages UP’s fleet of historic operating steam and diesel equipment, appeared at a chapter meeting in California to pitch the idea. He said Dickens on Saturday is expected to provide more details about what UP would offer and called discussions “preliminary.”

    The idea is already controversial, as some board and chapter members consider the Big Boy as the centerpiece of the club’s exhibit. The 4014 was donated to the chapter in 1962. The exhibit also includes a UPDD40X Centennial diesel No. 6915, UP 4-12-2 No. 9000, Southern Pacific 4-10-2 No. 5021, and Santa Fe 4-6-4 No. 3450.

    “If we can come to an agreement with the railroad, an operating Big Boy is better than one on display,” Mastrobuoni said. “We’d lose the engine for display, but we’d be known everywhere as the group that helped make one run again.”

    He added that rebuilding the No. 4014 would take several years with the aim of operating for the 150th celebration of the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in 2019. The coal-burning engine would be converted to oil firing.

    The railroad has not publicly announced plans to expand its operating steam locomotive fleet, which includes the never retired 4-8-4 No. 844, which made an extensive systemwide tour this year for the company’s 150th anniversary of its founding, and 4-6-6-4 No. 3985, which is undergoing a major overhaul. Trains has contacted UP, but has not received a reply at this time.

    Contrary to internet reports that UP has vetted the other seven Big Boys, representatives of the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wis., the Forney Museum of Transportation in Denver, and the Steamtown National Park Service site in Scranton, Pa., said Friday that none have been contacted. On its face, the engine in southern California, with its dry climate, would be among the best condition.
  9. oklacnw

    oklacnw Guest

    restore of Big Boy

    That will be something to see & hear, if is done.
  10. silverw

    silverw Member

    How goes the BIGBOY?sign1
  11. Jorg3nvas

    Jorg3nvas New Member

    Just been going through the old and new thread and am amazed at what i have seen. I absolutely cant wait to see more.
  12. cadeus

    cadeus New Member

    Any idea how much this kit will go for? My son loves trains, and I would love to build this for him.
  13. Jorg3nvas

    Jorg3nvas New Member

    Hey quick question, anyone have any idea what class the tender is on the big boy? Excuse my ignorance however I have a list of tender classes in front of me and am trying to figure out which one relates to big boy. Ie 23-c-1, 23-c-2, 25-c-1/2/3/4, 19-c-1 etc.

  14. chooch.42

    chooch.42 Member

    kooklik, Hello, again ! Approaching 3 years since your last post here. If you have abandoned this project, I hope it is not for unfortunate reasons. Miss seeing your elegant and meticulous work. Hope all is well with you and yours.
  15. zathros

    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator

    It would be nice to know. :)
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