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Z Scale - AZL - 17071-11 - Locomotive, Steam, 4-8-8-4 Big Boy - Union Pacific - 4000

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Brand AZL
Stock Number 17071-11
Original Retail Price $2,079.00
Manufacturer AZL
Body Style AZL Steam Engine Big Boy 4-8-8-4
Prototype Vehicle Locomotive, Steam, 4-8-8-4 Big Boy (Details)
Road or Company Name Union Pacific (Details)
Reporting Marks Coal Tender Set
Road or Reporting Number 4000
Paint Color(s) Black & Silver with Brown Brass Caboose
Print Color(s) White
Paint Scheme Brass
Release Date 2014-03-01
Item Category Locomotive
Model Type Locomotive
Model Subtype Steam
Model Variety Big Boy 4-8-8-4
Region North America
Prototype Era NA Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)
Years Produced 1941-1944



Item Specific Notes: Brass limited edition release. UP #4000 with brass caboose #2596

Prototype History:
Big Boy is the popular name of the American Locomotive Company 4000-class 4-8-8-4 articulated, coal-fired, steam locomotives manufactured between 1941 and 1944 and operated by the Union Pacific Railroad until 1959.

The Big Boy fleet of twenty five locomotives were used primarily in the Wyoming Division to haul freight over the Wasatch mountains between Green River, Wyoming and Ogden, Utah. They were the only locomotives to use a 4-8-8-4 wheel arrangement consisting of a four-wheel leading truck for stability entering curves, two sets of eight driving wheels and a four-wheel trailing truck to support the large firebox.

According to Union Pacific senior manager of Heritage Operations Ed Dickens Jr., the 4-8-8-4 series originally was to have been called "Wasatch". One day while one of the engines was being built an unknown worker scrawled "Big Boy" in chalk on its front. With that, the legendary name was born and has stuck ever since.

Read more on Wikipedia and on SteamLocomotive.com.

Road Name History:
The Union Pacific Railroad (reporting mark UP) is a freight hauling railroad that operates 8,500 locomotives over 32,100 route-miles in 23 states west of Chicago, Illinois and New Orleans, Louisiana. The Union Pacific Railroad network is the largest in the United States and employs 42,600 people. It is also one of the world's largest transportation companies.

Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP); both are headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska. Over the years Union Pacific Corporation has grown by acquiring other railroads, notably the Missouri Pacific, Chicago & North Western, Western Pacific, Missouri-Kansas-Texas, and the Southern Pacific (including the Denver & Rio Grande Western).

Union Pacific Corporation's main competitor is the BNSF Railway, the nation's second largest freight railroad, which also primarily services the Continental U.S. west of the Mississippi River. Together, the two railroads have a duopoly on all transcontinental freight rail lines in the U.S.

Read more on Wikipedia and on Union Pacific official website.

Brand/Importer Information:
AZL is the leader in North American Z scale locomotives and rolling stock. Since 2000, AZL has released a vast variety of freight, passenger and locomotives. AZL continues to push the boundaries of Z scale with amazing details and incredible performance. No matter if you are looking to run steam, or the most modern diesels, AZL has something for you.

Item created by: CNW400 on 2021-08-16 14:43:38

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