It's an exciting time for steam lovers when this goes down. There will be so many people around how will anyone get near it
Plenty of places between Cheyenne and Ogden (about 600km) to see it in its element - pulling a train uphill. Their main place of work was initially between Ogden and Green River, and later between Cheyenne and Laramie due to the grades involved. The Loco itself weighed almost 400t and even with 12 axles under it that meant an average of over 30t on each - the tracks took a hiding from them and they were thus restricted to certain lines.
I just hope that the trip is not being done at Management direction (ie - the Steam crew are happy to let it roll) given the very short time they will have for testing it before setting out on a 600km run with so many watching.
Those in Ogden will see a stationary beast leaking a bit of steam and a big crowd of moms/dads/kids - and lots of foam.
I do await the real 'load test' of course, 100+ loaded hoppers of coal, or 100+ double-stacks. UP are known to have their Heritage Fleet earn their keep from time to time and I don't doubt that they will sooner rather than later.