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Against All Odds by markkarvon Against All Odds by markkarvon
Union Pacific's Big Boy locomotive is legendary. A true icon from the days when steam power on the railroad was at its pinnacle. When diesels took over all the Big Boys were retired to museums or sold for scrap. Generatins of rail fans who never knew what it was like to experience Big Boy in operation first hand will now get that chance. Union Pacific has a long a proud tradition of mainline steam operation and Big Boy #4014 will join the stable. Well done UP!
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Patriot1776 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
4014, when its fully fixed up in a few years, will also be UP's MOST POWERFUL locomotive again, BAR NONE.  There have been many attempts to match the BB's ultimate hauling capacity, and they worked for a time, but being electric traction, they all needed additional help to run at SPEED like the Big Boy could.  Diesels today RARELY have more than 4500 horsepower because beyond that, reliability goes off a cliff and at 5000+ to 6000 horsepower in a single engine, a diesel locomotive is running itself at the ragged edge of tearing itself to pieces.

Going by UP's tonnage ratings for Big Boy from Cheyenne to Laramie via the 0.8% grade Track 3 of 5,650 short tons, Big Boy could haul that 5,600 short ton train at 37 mph, which the math computes out to a STAGGERING 9000 horsepower!  It's gonna be good to see 4014 for publicity purposes hopefully haul such a mega-load as that from Cheyenne to Laramie possibly as part of the celebrations of the 150th Anniversary of the First Transcontinental Railroad! ^^
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RattlerJones Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Student Filmographer
Guess what: the picture title was TRUE. 4014 IS coming back to the rails as a oil-burner.;) (Wink) 
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123Chance Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Strange, I have a mu with the same picture...
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
If you mean mug, I am the artist who did the artwork for the manufacturer/distributor. They actually licensed four of my railroad designs back in 2007 I believe. My signature should be visible on the artwork.
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123Chance Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Well now, all I can say is I never thought I would meet the artist who made this amazing artwork! You did a fantastic job on it! :)
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ThomasZoey3000 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You painted this picture? Wow! It looks just like the actual locomotive. I for one can't wait to see that locomotive return to steam. Good work on the picture and well done UP for getting 4014 back. :)
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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MAMsaki Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Nice nice nice, sooo beautiful... the only problem I find, that aren't a Panzer lol 
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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combat878 Featured By Owner May 23, 2014
I can only begin to imagine the photo run by's 4014 will be scheduled for...
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