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Union Pacific Railroad today announced it reached an agreement with the Southern California Chapter – Railway & Locomotive Historical Society in Pomona, Calif., to transfer ownership of one of the world’s largest steam locomotives, Big Boy No. 4014, back to Union Pacific.

Union Pacific plans to relocate No. 4014 to Cheyenne, Wyo., where Union Pacific’s Heritage Fleet Operations team will work to restore it to operating condition.

N&W 611 Feasibility Study released

“The Fire Up 611 Committee recommends that a capital campaign be undertaken to finance the restoration of the N&W 611. The project plan incorporates the construction of an on-site shop facility, working capital to make the locomotive a successful mobile ambassador for the museum, the city of Roanoke and the Commonwealth of Virginia.”


Supporters say they need to raise at least $3.5 million to restore the engine, build a mechanical shop and develop an excursion program.

The museum hopes to have contributions and pledges lined up by the end of October, so the 611 can join the Norfolk Southern 21st Century Steam Excursion Program next year.

The report:

North Carolina Transportation Museum (NCTM) at Spencer, North Carolina was selected [as the restoration shop]. The NCTM has many advantages, including a close proximity to Roanoke, 20-stall roundhouse and several restoration bays. NCTM also provides the ability for visitors to view the restoration in progress.