Often called the largest steam locomotive ever made, and certainly a contender for the Worlds Most Famous Locomotive, the Big Boy was forged under some of the most strenuous demands ever placed on a locomotive. The UP Railroad needed a locomotive that could be used to pull a 3,600-ton train over Sherman Hill and the 1.14% grade from Ogden to Wasatch, Utah without the need for helpers.
When the design specifications were complete, it was decided on the use of a simple articulated, high speed, 132 ft. Long locomotive sporting sixteen 68 diameter drive wheels. What they created was the longest and among the heaviest, most powerful steam locomotive legends in the world. And had not the worker at ALCO chalked Big Boy on the front of the smoke box of one of the 4-8-8-4s under construction, a name that immediately caught on, it is rumored that the name of the type would have been Wasatch, for the mountains they were built to conquer. Quote from Worlds Greatest Steam Locomotives by Eugene L.
There were 25 locomotives fabricated in two different groups. The first Big Boy #4000 was delivered to Omaha, NE on September 5, 1941.
Union Pacific's commitment to the Big Boy required them to replace the lighter rail and straighten out many miles of track for clearance, as well as to resize elements of their service areas such as turntable lengths, etc. For the entire line these locos would run on.The Big Boys demonstrated fantastic strength and speed as they faced these challenges throughout their storied careers. With the total mileage on the Big Boy fleet being approximately 1,000,000 miles for each locomotive, one must say that they earned their reputation. Several examples remain in museums around the country but silently they sit as a visual echo to the thunder that once made them revered throughout the landscape that the Big Boys dominated. In this production, BLI is modeling three numbered Class-1 Big Boys, two numbered Class-2 Big Boys, and an unpainted model of each. We will also offer two models of #4014 as it appears today with slight paint variations based on the timeframe.
Additionally, we are building two models of the Big Boy in the Union Pacific Two Tone Gray paint scheme - one with aluminum lettering and one with yellow. This is a fantasy paint scheme as the Big Boy never received this paint in real life. ALL-NEW Paragon4 Sound & Control System. Synchronized Puffing Smoke with Chuff Sound.
Variable Puffing Smoke Intensity and timing. Separate Whistle Smoke Feature - smoke streams from whistle area when whistle is blown. Integral DCC Decoder with Back EMF for Industry Best Slow Speed Operation in DC and DCC.
Precision Drive Mechanism engineered for continuous heavy load towing and smooth slow speed operation. 5-Pole Can Motor with Skew Wound Armature. Heavy Die Cast Boiler, Tender Body, and Chassis for Increased Tractive Effort. Premium Caliber Painting with Authentic Paint Scheme. Prototypical Light Operation with Separately Controllable Headlight, Reverse Light, Cab Light, Front Numberboards, Front Marker Lights, Rear Marker Lights.
Factory-installed Engineer and Fireman Figures. Optional Smoke Hood can be Installed if Desired. Optional Operating Front Coupler Included in Box. Prototypically Accurate Details for Each Road Number. Two After-cooler variations - As-Delivered for the Class-1 and Wilson Aftercooler for the Class-2 models.
Three Accurately Modeled Tender Variations: 25-C-100 for the Class-1 models, 25-C-400 for the Class-2 models, and the Challenger #3985 tender for the #4014 Excursion Service models. Many Separately Applied Details such as Handrails, Ladders, Piping, Cab Glass, Whistle, Brass Bell, Markers, Numberboards, Air Tanks, and Many Others. Equipped with Rubber Traction Tires for Increased Pulling Power. Recommended Minimum Radius: 18 inches.
Accurate Prototypical Sounds for the Union Pacific Big Boys. Broadway Limited Imports is proud to introduce Paragon4.The new benchmark for premium HO sound-equipped locomotives. These DC and DCC-Sound equipped locomotives feature the ALL-NEW Paragon4 sound and control system. Each Paragon4 locomotive comes with BLI's own integral DCC Decoder factory installed. Paragon4 locomotives offer Dual Mode DC and DCC operation with superb back EMF motor control, improved DC motor control, built-in capacitor pack for more reliable electrical pick-up, industry best on-board sound with Rolling Thunder functionality, Pro Lighting Mode for prototypical light control, Switcher model for precise low speed control, recordable DCC operation for automated playback, and the same excellent detail level as Broadway Limited's Paragon3 Series models. Paragon4 Sound & Control System Features.
Operates in DC & DCC with improved DC speed control (use DCMaster for DC Sound). Built-In capacitor pack to navigate imperfect track.Capacitor Pack automatically disabled on program track for full compatibility with JMRI Decoder Pro. Pro Lighting Mode offers individual control of all lights on model. Switcher Mode for precise low speed control. Record & Play Operation - Records and plays back sounds and movements once or repeatedly for automatic operation.
Quillable Whistle for various whistle lengths and patterns. Choice of 3 selectable Horns.
Alternate Whistle / Horn where applicable for locomotive with air horn and steam whistle - both the main whistle and alternate can be easily played. Adjustable bell ringing interval for faster or slower bell.
Numerous user-mappable functions with available keys. Johnson Bar Sound at Direction Change. Multiple realistic passenger and crew sounds play on command. Automatic Forward / Reverse Signal - When activated, stopping triggers and stop whistle toot. When moving forward from a stopped position, toots twice.
Chuff sound intensity varies with load. Individually adjustable sound volumes for each effect. EZ Reset Button for quick return to factory default settings. Specifications on this page subject to change.We are an authorized Broadway Limited dealer. This item is in the category "Toys & Hobbies\Model Railroads & Trains\Railroads & Trains\Locomotives". The seller is "ironplanethobbies" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, Korea, South, Indonesia, Taiwan, South Africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Republic of, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei Darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French Guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Liechtenstein, Sri Lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macau, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Vietnam, Uruguay.