The world's largest steam locomotive, Union Pacific's Big Boy No. 4014, will embark on a third and final tour that will include Southwest Arkansas.
The tour celebrates the 150th anniversary of the transcontinental railroad's completion, giving rail fans across the Southwest an opportunity to experience history. The newly restored locomotive recently completed a tour across the upper Midwest and a trip to Ogden, Utah, for a May 9 ceremony commemorating the anniversary.
No. 4014 will leave the Steam Shop in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on September 27 for the "Great Race Across the Southwest," making brief whistle-stops in communities along its route through Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.
The Southwest Arkansas portion of the route will be from TexARKana to Little Rock, including the line of cities between those points.
At this time, only the October tour dates are available; however, the full schedule is expected to be released at upsteam.com prior to the September launch.
It’s expected that the Arkansas leg will take place in early November.
"Weighing in at 1.2 million pounds, the Big Boy makes a big impression in communities it visits, reminding us of bygone days and the important role the railroad continues to play in our global economy," said Scott Moore, senior vice president – Corporate Relations and chief administrative officer. "Union Pacific wants to thank the countless rail fans and communities who have helped us celebrate this tremendous anniversary."
Twenty-five Big Boys were built exclusively for Union Pacific, the first of which was delivered in 1941 to handle the steep terrain between Cheyenne and Ogden. Of the eight still in existence, No. 4014 is the world's only operating Big Boy. In May, it completed its inaugural tour to Ogden for Union Pacific's 150th anniversary ceremony. The Big Boy and historic steam locomotive Living Legend No. 844 met nose-to-nose, recreating the iconic image taken May 10, 1869, when the last spike was tapped into place at Promontory Summit, creating America's first transcontinental railroad.
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