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Thomas Stephenson, Villa Park, IL
Mick Sweeney, Cheyenne, WY
Gay Williams, Lisbon, IA

New Members since March 18, 2015  

Posted on June 9, 2015  reb

BIG BOY and Other Sounds of the Union Pacific CD

CD Cover StoreThe Union Pacific Historical Society is proud to announce a new product for sale to its members.

“BIG BOY and Other Sounds of the Union Pacific” CD, a collection of 26 steam and diesel sound recordings from the late 1950’s, is now available at the UPHS Company store. The digitally re-mastered recordings were made trackside by noted photographer Stan Kistler in Utah and Wyoming in 1957, and in Nebraska in 1958. This CD combines tracks from two of his albums released on vinyl in the 1950’s with the addition of some previously un-released recordings.

Here are a few examples of the action captured by Stan’s sound equipment trackside. Please click on the link to hear the sound recordings. Click on the back arrow to return to this page.

1) UP Big Boy 4010 drifts into Cheyenne with an eastbound freight.
2) Union Pacific 2-8-2 number 2206 whistles through Archer, WY.
3) An 4-8-4 works a train through Grand Island, NE. 

The CD is priced at $15 for non-members and $12 for UPHS members, plus shipping and handling. So add this CD to your collection and support the UPHS.  Please click here to purchase your copy of this fine CD.

Updated July 7, 2014 reb

Two New Union Pacific Books

The Union Pacific Historical Society has added two new UP related books, not published by UPHS, to the UPHS Company Store.

844 book cover001 350The first book is “Building Union Pacific 844, The Birth of the FEF-3 Steam Class” by John E. Bush.

This book looks at newly-discovered information about the engine’s construction by the American Locomotive Company of Schenectady, N.Y., why it came to be built, and how it survived to become a “living legend” for Union Pacific. Includes 58 black & white illustrations. Cost: $19.95 plus shipping an handing. This book can be purchased here on at the UPHS Company Store.

undriving 350The second addition to the Company Store is “The Un-Driving of the Golden Spike” by Jeff Terry, Thorton H. Waite and James J. Reisdorff. 

This is the illustrated story of the un-driving of the Golden Spike in 1942 and the various personalities involved. It’s also the story of a century-long struggle to have America rediscover the significance of Promontory Summit, which culminated in the establishment of the Golden Spike National Historic Site. Includes 75 historic b&w photographs and one map. Cost: $24.95 plus shipping and handling.  This book is available now at the UPHS Company Store.

Posted on July 7, 2014 reb

Now There are Two “Big Boys” in Cheyenne, WY.

With the arrival of 4014 there are now two Union Pacific Big Boys in Cheyenne, WY.

Up 4004 in Cody Park Cheyenne, WY. Photo: Bob Krieger

4004 in Cody Park – Photo: Bob Krieger

4014 back home at last! Photo: John E. Bush

4014 back home at last! – Photo: John E. Bush

 

Click here to view 4014’s trip over Sherman Hill from Laramie, WY to Cheyenne, WY on May 8, 2014.

Posted on May 13, 2014

Thanks to Rick Brown & Paul Guercio

When Union Pacific decided to look into the possibility of restoring a Big Boy to operational condition, UP Senior Manager of Heritage Operations, Ed Dickens, found that more than the favorable climate in Pomona, California had allowed 4014 to remain in good condition despite years on display outdoors.

Thanks to many thousands of hours of work by two members of the Southern California Chapter of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society (R&LHS) the engine had been kept painted, lubricated and much more by Paul Guercio (also a UPHS member) and Rick Brown.

In addition, both helped the steam crew prepare the engine for the trip to Cheyenne. Here they are in the cab of 4014 on the ride over to Cheyenne.

Both photos by John E. Bush

Posted on May 13, 2014 reb