Big Boy 4023 is Getting Ready to Move to it's New Home in Omaha

Photos by John Bush and Mike Connor

 

 

 

 

100 ton capacity crane in place to
position beams alongside loco for placement on road axles.

 

 

4023's tender raised as preparations continue for placement of road wheel
assemblies beneath beams.

 

4023 raised approx. 24" by simultaneous-pressure hydraulic jacks, operated
in unison from power "manifold."

 

 

When raised further, front truck will be rolled forward, moved separately with tender
truck.

 

 

Engine raised in preparation for installation of road wheel
assemblies.

 

Pilot truck removed. Both engine and tender pilot trucks now off-site

 

 

 

 

First two rows of three sets each will provide power movement. Rear wheels
of each set are driven by two electric motors.

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Loco has moved out of fenced area, heading to cross UPRR & BNSF main lines

Overall view of tender waiting to move and the 4023 approaching the dual UPRR main and BNSF main

Last Coal train on UPRR main and view of wood roadway across tracks

4023 moving toward tracks

Tender follows pulled by a truck

4023 moves over UPRR main, but has a problem with the BNSF

A broken axle on the third bogey, as the 4023 sits on the BNSF main!

OOps! Stay tuned for more photos as the BNSF main is closed!

Photos by John Bush and Mike Connor

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