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UP Big Boy stops in Evanston

Posted: Friday, May 9th, 2014

Hundreds of residents and visitors look at Union Pacific’s Big Boy No. 4014, one of the world’s largest steam engines, Tuesday, May 6, in Evanston. The locomotive made a 30-minute stop in Evanston on its way to Cheyenne, where it will be restored over the next five years. (HERALD PHOTO/Bryon Glathar) Norm Brown, pictured with his wife Renee Steuble, shows a photograph of UP Big Boy No. 4014 taken in 1962 by his father, Glynn Brown, on its way to the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds, where it’s been on display for the past 50 years. (HERALD PHOTO/Bryon Glathar)

EVANSTON — One of the world’s largest steam engines was in Evanston Tuesday. Union Pacific’s Big Boy No. 4014 stopped at Depot Square for 30 minutes, much to the delight of hundreds of residents and out-of-towners who came to see the locomotive.

The Big Boy, one of 25 that were built in the 1940s, was en route to Cheyenne, where it will be restored over the next five years. It was towed from the west coast, stopping in over two dozen cities between Bloomington, California, and Cheyenne. The next time it comes through Evanston, in 2019, it will be by its own power.

It’s been on display at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds for the last 50 years. One couple came from Salt Lake City. Norm Brown and Renee Steuble said they saw the train in Ogden the night before, where it was on display for most of the day.

“I was surprised at how many people were there,” Brown, a train enthusiast said.

Brown’s late father, Glynn Brown, worked for Union Pacific as a conductor and brakeman. He said seeing the locomotive was special to him. He brought a photo from 1962 that his father took — he thinks in Salt Lake City — when the steam engine originally went to California.

“It’s a hobby. I’ve made [model] trains as a hobby,” Brown said. “We’ve got a house in Duchesne and I have a man cave, a room above the garage that’s a train room.”

Steuble is originally from Rock Springs. She said one of her kids still lives there and was excited to see it the following day.

The event also brought a writer from Trains Magazine, and an aerial photographer, Dave Terry from Silverhawk Aerial Imaging in Ogden, who took photos with a small drone.

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