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July 24, 2007
NBC television traveled to Cheyenne, Wyoming in the 1,950s to tell the story of Union Pacific's Big Boys and of the transition from steam to diesel. The Union Pacific Historical Society discovered this marvelous film in UP's film archives. Pentrex is now proud to share it with you.
Ed Begley stars in this Lucky Strike Theater drama about an old-time steam engineer whose son has just returned home from the service. He hopes his son will follow in his footsteps at the railroad, but he meets with some interesting developments.
Thousands of viewers across America watched this live broadcast. The program was typical of the day; everything was done live. The actors and studio camerawork are fascinating to watch. They take you right into the heart of this railroader's life on the job and in the cab of his Big Boy.
We also incorporated some of the original footage shot on locations showing Union Pacific's Big Boys in action on Sherman Hill and in the Cheyenne Yards. This is all new material, not used in other Pentrex productions. Plus, we left in the old commercials that aired with the show. They will definitely make you smile! This is a video the whole family can enjoy.