They say that everything is bigger in America, whether it's the muscle cars or the serving sizes in McDonalds, and the same can be said about trains.

The nation has been home to some of the biggest steam locomotives the world has ever seen, a selection can be seen at the National Railway Museum in York. Now, one of these majestic feats of engineering will undergo a facelift to get back to working order. Union Pacific Railroad recently announced that it had acquired the Big Boy 4014, one of the larger trains that patrolled the US' railway network.

It currently resides at the RailGiants Train Museum at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds in Pomona, where it has been on display for half a century. Railway enthusiasts come from all over the land to marvel at the locomotive, but The Los Angeles Times has revealed that Union Pacific wants to bring this train back to life.

Speaking to the new provider, Aaron Hunt, a spokesman for the organisation, explained that the company was "really excited" about adding the Big Boy 4014 to its collection and was now planning on restoring the model in the near future. He went on to say that there will be updates posted on the Twitter feed @RailGiants.

Big Boy 4014 will be moved from California to Wyoming, where it will be housed at Union Pacific's maintenance shops. The company has admitted that it will represent a huge undertaking for its Heritage Fleet Operations Team but once complete will provide a significant milestone.

Built in 1941 Big Boy 4014 was one of 25 Big Boys which played an important role during the Second World War. Due to their easy to fire nature even novices could control the train with relative ease. This led to men that were unsuited for combat service or exempted being hired by the railway companies to ferry vital material to various parts of the country.

Unfortunately following the end of the war both coal and labour costs soared significantly and this coincided with the rise of the diesel-electric and gas-turbine locomotives spelling the end of the Big Boys. The trains were taken out of service in the summer of 1959.