Refurbished ‘Big Boy’ Locomotive Fires up Crowds in the West

It’s longer than two city buses, weighs more than a Boeing 747 fully loaded with passengers and can pull 16 Statues of Liberty over a mountain. Big Boy No. 4014 steam locomotive rolled out of a Union Pacific restoration shop in Cheyenne last weekend after five years of restoration. It headed toward Utah as part of a yearlong tour to commemorate the Transcontinental Railroad’s 150th anniversary.

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Environmentalists Win a Victory, of Sorts, Over Coal Leases

Environmentalists won a victory of sorts Friday when the 10th Circuit found that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has “acknowledged that climate change is a scientifically verified reality,” and ordered the BLM to revisit its environmental impact statement on four coal leases in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin — but refused to vacate the leases.

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