AGATE, Colo. (KKTV) - Thanks to the hundreds of people who shared the above picture to social media, a photographer was able to get in contact with the family she snapped a perfect photo of!
Liz reached out to 11 News on Friday stating the photo is of her husband and son. The photographer turned to social media last week, hoping to track down the people in the photo she took so she could share the priceless moment with them.
The famed steam engine "Big Boy" recently made a trip through Colorado. The steam engine draws thousands of people from across the country.
Photographer Kristin Allen captured the perfect moment on Nov. 25. She was in an area near Agate, Colorado close to I-70 and Highway 86 on the east side of the state taking pictures as Big Boy went by.
"It was purely by accident, honestly!" Allen wrote to KKTV. "I didn't even realize they were in my shot until I was looking at all of my pictures at home later that day."
The shot was perfect. Capturing a moment that everyone hopes to get as the historic steam engine rolls by.
After Allen shared a few more details with 11 News, this article was shared to a Facebook group. Liz saw it and gave us a call. She says her son Zephry and husband Jeremiah were chasing the train from Limon to Strasburg. She spoke with Allen and received a copy of the picture!
ABOUT BIG BOY No. 4014 FROM UNION PACIFIC
Twenty-five Big Boys were built exclusively for Union Pacific Railroad, the first of which was delivered in 1941. The locomotives were 132 feet long and weighed 1.2 million pounds. Because of their great length, the frames of the Big Boys were "hinged," or articulated, to allow them to negotiate curves. They had a 4-8-8-4 wheel arrangement, which meant they had four wheels on the leading set of "pilot" wheels which guided the engine, eight drivers, another set of eight drivers, and four wheels following which supported the rear of the locomotive. The massive engines normally operated between Ogden, Utah, and Cheyenne, Wyo.
There are seven Big Boys on public display in various cities around the country. They can be found in St. Louis, Missouri; Dallas, Texas; Omaha, Nebraska; Denver, Colorado; Scranton, Pennsylvania; Green Bay, Wisconsin; and Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Big Boy No. 4014 was delivered to Union Pacific in December 1941. The locomotive was retired in December 1961, having traveled 1,031,205 miles in its 20 years in service. Union Pacific reacquired No. 4014 from the RailGiants Museum in Pomona, California, in 2013, and relocated it back to Cheyenne to begin a multi-year restoration process. It returned to service in May 2019 to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad's Completion.