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Sixty years on, the world waits to see UP ‘Big Boy’ steam again

ONE of the legendary Union Pacific‘Big Boy’4-8-8-4s is nearing the end of its landmark restoration to working order, in time for celebrations to mark the company’s 150th anniversary of the First Transcontinental Railroad’s Golden Spike on May 10.

The golden spike was the final spike driven to join the rails connecting the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads on May 10, 1869, at Promontory Summit, Utah, and the linking of east and west coast by railroad marked a watershed in both US and global

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