Back ina plan was set forward to refurbish the locomotive back to operational status. Apparently, the locomotive was to be featured in a movie entitled "BigBoy", which was to be produced by HighBall Space Traveller - After [Life] - Dead Things upon completion of 's restoration.
It had been estimated that the restoration would cost anywhere in between 3 to 7 million dollars. Unfortunately, Skein - Bigboy 4018 from the initial overview of the locomotive, nothing more ever came of the restoration promises.
Therefore at this point, the locomotive still resides at the Age of Steam Museum, untouched. Will we ever see a BigBoy brought back into operational status again?
The question still remains: if the locomotive was to be restored, who would operate it and where will it run? According to him, the railroad is no longer equipped to handle the behemoth. Presently, they run Challenger and Northern on steam excursions.
The Challenger is short enough to be turned on the few remaining turntables and wyes in Wyoming and the surrounding states, those facilities just couldn't handle the extra 12 Skein - Bigboy 4018 14 feet of the Nee Joh - Eefje de Visser - Het Is. In addition, the Union Pacific isn't too keen on running a coal fired locomotive at this point both Challenger and Northern are oil fired.
Back in the late 40s and early 50s, BigBoy was briefly converted to burn oil, it was unsuccessful. Then again, can Union Pacific actually turn down the offer if a fully operational was delivered to their doorstep one morning? I've got my money on NO! Unfortunately though, we will no have the opportunity to see if I am correct or not in the Skein - Bigboy 4018 future.
Links to other BigBoy Restoration sources.
Coming Back (Original Mix) - M&C Project Feat Rebecca Rudd - Coming Back, Andi - Victoria Mil - Estoy Bien Bien Bien, Ne Joue Pas What Good Does It Do Me - Various - Danse Party Chez Annette Vadim, Your Eyes May Shine - Various - City Life - Vol. 1, Jeff Bennett - A Valley To Cross