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Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014 has been on display at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds for 51 years, but it will leave soon to begin a multi-year restoration that will return it to steam. Join us for extensive coverage of a Big Boy on the road to restoration. 
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The small depot at Sussex, Wis., on the Milwaukee Road’s North Lake Branch, pictured in 1948, is a typical small branchline or flag-stop station. Robert B. Adams photo
In Pasadena, it was the best of times for a Santa Fe train-watcher
In early 1946, my family moved into a small house near the corner of Craig and Walnut in the Lamanda Park section of Pasadena, Calif. This was an ideal location for me, a railfan even then, because the Santa Fe’s main line passed within a hundr
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