After he received the line-up information the foreman assigned one section man to proceed eastward and other westward to provide flag protection at each end of the side track. We had railroad songs and stories, cab tours of the 4005 and a reading of "Disaster on the Rails" and crafts for the kids. It disappeared into the darkness like it came, being dragged like a person to the grave, at the east end of the yard for temporary storage. Union Pacific Railroad and Interstate Commerce Commission officials reached the conclusion that Kenneth M. Mayfield, foreman, and Ralph Vicenty, section worker who had been working with the UP for only one hour and twenty minutes, were responsible for the accident. My duties were that of a ‘shagger’ or callboy. The accident took place about 2:15 p.m. 4014 to Union Pacific for that purpose. Please keep your feedback on-topic and respectful. The Big Boy sure looked better on the broader curves of our Milwaukee, Racine & Troy layout, though. The Highway Patrolman was having to shoot them with this service revolver. The Big Boy's trip through southern Utah on Saturday apparently figured in a six-car accident that injured two people. As the 4005 approached the east end of the Red Desert siding the Union Pacific section man opened the siding switch and then, seeing the massive locomotive barreling down on him, frantically made an unsuccessful attempt to close it before the engine passed. Big Boys were large! (The size of the sheep herder’s herd is not known, however, the average ranch in 1949 had 1,100 head of sheep). We called it Big Boy Day. East and west rail traffic was delayed for nine hours until the construction crew could install a shoofly to route rail traffic around the accident site. 4014 is the world's only operating Big Boy. 4014 – in 2019, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad. Twenty-five Big Boys were built exclusively for Union Pacific Railroad, the first of which was delivered in 1941. Conductor James Walker and Brakeman Ivan Shurigar made up the rear-end crew. This would display a block signal down the track in each direction warning any unannounced approaching trains to slow down. Because of their great length, the frames of the Big Boys were "hinged," or articulated, to allow them to negotiate curves. The Union Pacific Railroad’s “Big Boy” No. View our, Your email address has been successfully added to the Trains Industry Newsletter. The Union Pacific Railroad's freshly restored "Big Boy" No. Track crews worked swiftly to clear the wreckage. The switch, they threw it right in front of us, they didn’t give us a chance. That locomotive, which is based in Cheyenne, Wyoming, was an important component in commemorating the 150th anniversary of the completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad, which the Union Pacific helped construct between 1863 and 1869. The Big Boy, about half as long as a Boeing 747 at 132 feet long and 17 feet tall, was built with hinges that let it bend to handle the curves of the terrain between Cheyenne, Wyo., and Ogden, Utah. Every single class one Big Boy had traveled over 1 million miles! The Union Pacific Steam Team recently hoisted the Big Boy’s more than 250-ton boiler and rear engine into the air with two massive cranes and reconnected it to its front engine. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Council 2128, Knights of Columbus, the Order of St. Christopher for Catholic Railroadmen, Junior Old Timers, and the Brotherhood of Fireman and Engineers. Our 4005 was rebuilt by Union Pacific at its Cheyenne facility. 4014 will join in No. *Exhibits subject to change without notice*. Anderton asked rescuers for a drink of water and a cigarette. Leo Glenn Murry, 42 I did not know a ‘Big Boy’ could die but there it was and how sad it was just limping along like an old gray horse with one leg broken. Big Boy No. 2350 at Green River. The Big Boy shows very little evidence of the wreck damage today. ... An 11-year-old boy in the SUV was flown to the hospital with major injuries. 15 watching. Anderton, before he died, provided some key information in determining exactly how the accident happened and who was at fault. The trains before facing off for their big crash, in the pop-up town of Crush, Texas. The first Big Boy, number 4000, was delivered to Omaha at 6 p.m., September 5th, 1941. Many of the four car loads of pigs were killed upon impact. Six vehicles collide when Big Boy steam locomotive rolls through Beryl, Utah (Source: St. George News, October 6, 2019) ST. GEORGE, Utah — A six-vehicle crash in Beryl may have had something to do with the world’s largest steam locomotive, Union Pacific’s “Big Boy,” … Our gallery features various die-cast models, art, and other artifacts related to transportation. Big Boy 4014 made the second-to-last revenue run of a steam locomotive on Union Pacific in July 1959, followed by the last run a few hours later with Big Boy 4015. Union Pacific steam locomotive No. The first 12 cars were badly damaged and piled in a 70' high heap. “I began working for the Union Pacific Railroad in 1951-52. The Sweetwater County coroner’s jury found Mayfield guilty of negligence for putting an irresponsible man in control of the switch. Online maps show Big Boy 4014’s route, current location, and planned stops. “When you look at the Big Boy, you can see big bulging cylindrical shapes in the front and back — those are the cylinders,” Dickens said. He was a veteran of WWII and a member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen and the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. In 2014, Big Boy No. TRAINS: Jim Wrinn BERYL, Utah — Six vehicles were involved in an accident apparently sparked by efforts to see Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014’s restoration and the 150th anniversary of the Golden Spike. Endres was born July 4, 1929 at Las Animas, Colorado, and was a graduate of Rawlins high school. When they looked out and saw the cars piling they both rushed out of the caboose. Occasionally a pig would regain consciousness and with a terrific grunt would take off running through curious bystanders. 4014 Big Boy train is set to arrive at 1:45 p.m. Sunday at the Union Pacific rail yard at 1001 Ironhorse Court in downtown Las Vegas and it will be on display until 3 p.m. Monday. Engineer Leo Murry, Fireman Lawrence (Ed) Endres, and Brakeman James R. Anderton made up the head end crew. 4014 and 4-8-4 No. Along the train’s tour, thousands of people have gathered to watch the metallic wheels chug across the tracks at each of the train’s stops, said Kristen South, a Union Pacific spokeswoman. The foreman and four section workers arrived in Red Desert and were approached by a sheep herder requesting assistance in getting his sheep across the tracks. The foreman unlocked both switches and the section men were instructed to open the switch on his hand signal. In 1953, the Big Boy 4005 was involved in an accident involving fatalities. But it was too late.”. 4014, the Big Boy, has four cylinders: two in the front engine and two in the rear, each 24 inches in diameter and 32 inches long. The Big Boy shows very little evidence of the wreck damage today. Lawrence Edward Endres, 23 Driver axles Nos. Railroad cars had flipped completely over the bus stop and were laying everywhere. The locomotives were 132 feet long and weighed 1.2 million pounds. Two axles derail in slow-speed mishap in Rawlins, Wyo., yard after trip from Rock Springs. The tours offer(ed) opportunities to see the Big Boy train both in action and at rest. Twenty-five Big Boys were built exclusively for Union Pacific, the first of which was delivered in 1941 to handle the steep terrain between Cheyenne and Ogden. Anderton also told a rescue worker, “He threw it right in front of us. 844, which remained on the rails. The Interstate Commerce Commission, Union Pacific Railroad, and local officials investigated the accident. 4014 used the switches at the west end of the Rawlins yard. By signing up you may also receive occasional reader surveys and special offers from Trains magazine.Please view our, Get our weekly newsletter delivered to your inbox, For freight railroads, 2020 was the strangest of years, Rail history organizations mixed on effects of COVID-19, Steve Schmollinger, standout photographer of western railroading, dies at 67, Digest: Cars to be removed from Custer derailment site starting today, Trains Top 10 No. I don’t know how many times it rocked. The morning was cloudy with a light mist and the 0.43 percent descending grade made for easy travel. The rear crew did not know anything was wrong until they saw the emergency signal from the engineer. The Moffat Modeler's N-Scale Model Train Layout. For most of the route, the maximum grade is 0.82% in either direction, but the climb eastward from Ogden, into the Wasatch Range, reached 1.14%. The thirteenth to the seventeenth cars were somewhat damaged from the force of impacting against each other and toppling off the rail. Conductor James Walker and Brakeman Ivan Shurigar made up the rear end crew. As added protection, two other section men were to open a switch in each main track, which led to the siding. In May, it completed its inaugural tour to Ogden for Union Pacific's 150th anniversary ceremony. The Big Boy, 4-8-4 No. It just lumbered by all us, standing there with our mouths open not believing what we were seeing, this once huge, big, beautiful thing that was once a living machine of giant steel. 4014. Visit the Forney Museum of Transportation at 4303 Brighton Blvd., Denver to see the Union Pacific 4005. No. The tender has a maximum capacity of 24,000 gallons of water and 28 tons of coal. 4014, the worlds largest steam engine, pulled into the Butler Wisconsin train yard. Dispersed throughout the article are italicized quotes by Jim Dover who had a first hand experience with the crew and at the accident scene. Big Boy Day is still celebrated every year at the museum. Nov 27, 2014 - The Forney Museum of Transportation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization which exists to collect, preserve, and exhibit items of artistic, historical and technological interest relating to transportation for the purposes of education and personal enrichment. by: Katelyn Stark. 844, and 12 passenger cars in UP’s heritage fleet are on the return leg of their journey to celebrate No. Make sure to visit our gallery. 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Big Boy No. 4014 Union Pacific completed restoration of one of the world’s largest steam locomotives – the Big Boy No. 844's publicity work as a railroad version of the Goodyear Blimp, Wrinn said. This later turned out to be false; the two workers were actually talking to each other from opposite sides of the train. The next thing I knew I felt the steam hitting me in the face and I thought I was a goner. Train crash early yesterday resulted in a fire ... delightedly gets into the Christmas spirit as she prepares to leave out a packet of 'reindeer food' ahead of the big day The foreman then walked back to the sheep herder, some 300 yards from the switch, to tell him what the men were going to do. Big Boy No. Big Boy No. The UP steam crew walks No. The ground kind of vibrated a little more than it did with the other types of locomotives. “I’m only speculating now but I can visualize the fireman Ehlers (Endres) and the head brakeman screaming at the top of their voices to the engineer, STOP, STOP, RED SWITCH AHEAD! All I could think of was getting my hands over my face.” Anderton died at 10:57 a.m. on Wednesday, April 29, from second and third degree burns covering 80 per cent of his body, severe prolonged shock, and other complications. Source: forneymuseum.org. Family of the crew were there, as well as 2 engineers who had run the #4005. A section gang stationed at Frewen traveled 3.6 miles to the east to Red Desert on a track motorcar to obtain a supply of switch ties. 4014, the world's largest operating steam locomotive, has created memorable moments for generations of train … Big Boy, world's largest steam engine, to arrive in Colorado Saturday Big Boy, the steam engine will be making stops in Colorado this weekend. I was pleased to hear the chuffs fade as it topped the grade and started to drift downhill. The Big Boy that's at the Dallas train museum (can't remember the name right now - Age of Steam ?) 4014's two derailed drivers back onto the rail at Rawlins, Wyo. He attended schools in Robertson and at Mountain View, Wyoming. A lone Highway Patrol car was out there trying to direct traffic but was in a very dangerous situation in that the train had been hauling those giant Iowa pigs to market that weigh about 600 pounds and they were running around crazy in the head after the derailment attacking people. He could not get near the wreck, as the hissing steam billowed around the injured train. The following is the story of the fatal railroad accident that occurred at Red Desert, Wyoming between Rawlins and Green River. Source: denverlibrary.org photographed by Otto Perry. At this same time just 8.5 miles to the west another event was unfolding. 1 and 4 all remained on the rails. I stood just outside of the Dispatch office and waved to the Engineer as that monster of an engine thundered by shaking the cement floor and rattling the windows.”. During the investigation Puerto Rican section worker Ralph Vicenty, through an interpreter because he did not speak or understand much English, said the foreman had shown him how to operate the switch and when the foreman walked back to the sheep herder it was the foreman who left the switch in the open position. We called it Big Boy Day. 4014 will join in No. Great deals on Ho Union Pacific Big Boy. The foreman called to receive a track line-up which read, “Westbound, Extra 4005 West, Red Desert 9:15 a.m. had its piston rods cut. One retired Union Pacific employee, Jim Ehernberger, remembers the Big Boys well. 844's publicity work as a railroad version of the Goodyear Blimp, Wrinn said. It took nearly 25 minutes for the steam to subside. On that layout, the model easily pulled a 15-car train up a 3 percent grade. We had railroad songs and stories, cab tours of the 4005 and a reading of "Disaster on the Rails" and crafts for the kids. When fully loaded the combination weight is over one million pounds. It is possible a different tender was used in the rebuilding. Come and see some incredible vintage Indian, Honda & other rare motorcycles! Sixty-two cars and a caboose followed the giant 600-ton ‘Big Boy’ locomotive and it lumbered along the tracks. Murry was an employee of the Union Pacific Railroad for 20 years and an engineer at the time of his death. Today eight of the original twenty-five are in museums across the nation. Anderton later told rescuers that his hands hurt and that he was “chilling a little” but could no longer feel pain in his foot. Eastbound, Extra 1470 East, Red Desert 9:55 a.m.”. April 27, 2003 was the 50th anniversary of the accident and we held a memorial for the crew on the 26th. In 1953 Big Boy #4005 was the first and only Big Boy to wreck, having derailed after jumping the switch track at 50 mph! Endres had just returned from a two-year tour of duty with the railroad division of the army in Korea and was the son of Mr. & Mrs. Roman Endres of Rawlins. Early reports indicated that the engineer and fireman were alive after the accident, as two workers said they spoke to the men. Union Pacific steam locomotive No. ", “Several days later I was back at work on the graveyard shift and the Dispatcher told us the engine from the derailment was being brought back in and was just at the west end of the yard getting ready to come past the little Dispatch office/passenger depot. The engineer Leo Murry and fireman Lawrence Endres were killed instantly, and amazingly the front brakeman, James Anderton, was alive. That is a very large mass of iron coming down the tracks at a very high speed. At 9:10 a.m. the train passed through Wamsutter, Wyoming, headed westbound not knowing that in just 10 minutes the unthinkable would happen. From the time the engineer applied the brakes, until the time the Big Boy and train came to a complete stop was … 4014 and 844 returned to the main line and backed into the yard. 4014 gets new number ahead of Big Boy debut, Amtrak 'San Joaquins' introduce revised schedule, California governor vows to fight federal funding cut to high-speed rail, BNSF CEO Carl Ice says efficiency is a key to railroad's growth strategy, Texas Central's legislative battles continue, Metra to offer summer kids-ride-free program, Metrolink line shut down after crash of military jet, Big Boy's journey home: Rock Springs to Rawlins, Big Boy commands attention, but shares right-of-way, Trains News Wire Round-Up for May 17, 2019. 4014 to full operational capacity. The cab of the locomotive was destroyed as the tender tore into it twisting and smashing the metal. There were considerable variances between their stories, each blaming the other. Nos. Big Boy No. Murry ran across the cab, looked, and then ran back and ‘big-holed’ it. By signing up you may also receive occasional reader surveys and special offers from Trains magazine. Over the next 52 years, the Big Boy would be visited by tens of thousands of people at … 4014's two derailed drivers back onto the rail at Rawlins, Wyo. RAWLINS, Wyo. The UP steam crew walks No. Shurigar protected the rear of the train by walking a mile back east to set two torpedoes on the track so that the engineer of an oncoming train would be warned and not collide into the back of the derailed train. Anderton noted that he and Endres had seen a man throw the switch and yelled to the engineer. In May, it completed its inaugural tour to Ogden for Union Pacific's 150th anniversary ceremony. The crew walked the locomotive backwards to a switch for the main line. The event was well attended and we thank all who came. 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