UP’s Big Boy No. 4014 steam engine on tour
The world’s largest steam locomotive, Union Pacific’s Big Boy No. 4014, will embark on a third and final tour celebrating 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, Sept. 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.
Beginning November 16, the Big Boy will cross into Kansas at Coffeyville and make its way to Kansas City. The train is expected to leave K.C. November 19 and begin crossing Kansas towards Denver. By Thursday November 21, the train will arrive in Salina, Ellsworth and Russell.
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