ExactRail traveled to the Nevada border to railfan Union Pacific's #4014 "Big Boy" steam locomotive. Even in the far-off desert places of Nevada and Utah, groups of people lined the right of way--many of whom were not railfans or model railroaders. Yet, they all had reasons to take interest in the movement of this historic locomotive.
When the train passed a local rancher who was waiting near us, there were tears in her eyes. She recalled being a young girl and her father was a steam locomotive engineer. The right of way passed within close proximity of their family ranch house, and she would sometimes see her father's waiving hand. We watched Union Pacific's #4014 pass within a few hundred yards of that same house. (This location is in our video at the 2:03 minute mark.)
We applaud Union Pacific for its heritage steam program!
If you would like to see more, please watch our #844 video. It is found at www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIJ5oMvfHWU