Mark it on your calendar, April 27, 2019, The famous Union Pacific Big Boy 4014, the worlds largest steam locomotive ever built, has successfully done a steam test at the Cheyenne, Wyoming roundhouse after a 5 year rebuild. Go now to YouTube and watch the old girl build up steam pressure and then wait for the moment when the whistle is activated after nearly 60 years after it's retirement. Just listening to 4014 was as close to watching a sleeping giant awakening from it's slumber and when the whistle finally went to full tone, I had tears in my eyes and I'm almost 59 years old for cryin' out loud!
If you want to watch a miracle happen after everybody said something as big as this would NEVER be restored to operating condition, go now to YouTube and watch it. After 30 plus years working on the railroad and soon to be retired, I now am glad my childhood wish to see a Big Boy operate again is coming true. I can't wait to go see it run when it becomes road worthy and hopefully ride on an excursion behind it. Big kudos to the guys and gals at the Union Pacific Railroad for doing what was said impossible by all the nay-sayers. You guys are rock stars!
And yes, I'm still wiping tears off my face. Life is good again.