The world’s largest steam locomotive returns with “The Big Boy 2021 Tour”


OMAHA, Neb., June 14, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014 to Embark on “The Big Boy 2021 Tour” 5 August to celebrate railway heritage and the communities served by Union Pacific. This is the first tour since the locomotive was restored for the 2019 “Great Race” tours celebrating the 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad. The multi-year restoration took place at the Union Pacific Steam Workshop in Cheyenne, Wyoming, after a retirement that lasted six decades.

“Weighing 1.2 million pounds, the Big Boy makes a big impression in the communities he visits, reminding us of the past and the important role the railroad continues to play in our global economy,” said Scott moore, Senior Vice-President – Corporate Relations and Administrative Director. “This summer, we are proud to announce that the Big Boy will return to tour 10 of the states and hundreds of communities served by Union Pacific.”

# 4014 will be leaving the Steam Shop in Cheyenne, Wyoming, 5 August, making brief emergency stops in communities across Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming. The locomotive will be exhibited in the following cities:

  • Saturday August 14: Fort Worth, Texas
  • Tuesday August 17th: Houston, texas
  • Saturday August 21: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Sunday August 29: St. Louis, Missouri
  • Monday September 6: Denver, Colorado

The n ° 4014 will go to Cheyenne after the Denver stop. A full list of night and whistle stops will be posted at http://upsteam.com. Fans interested in the latest news regarding the Union Pacific Steam program and notifications of schedule updates can join the Union Pacific Steam Club at http://up.com/SteamClub.

Twenty-five Big Boys were built exclusively for the Union Pacific, the first of which was delivered in 1941 to handle the steep terrain between Cheyenne and Ogden. Of the eight that still exist, # 4014 is the only active Big Boy in the world. The other seven are on display in Cheyenne, Wyoming; Denver, Colorado; Frisco, Texas; Green Bay, Wisconsin; Omaha, Nebraska; Scranton, Pennsylvania; and St. Louis, Missouri.

Union Pacific strongly encourages visitors to keep safety in mind when viewing and photographing # 4014 on its journey. For everyone’s safety:

  • Remember that trains cannot stop quickly to avoid people or vehicles on the tracks.
  • The distance and speed of a train can be deceptive.
  • The average train is at least three feet above the track – take extra care and back off at least 25 feet.
  • Railways, trestles, courtyards and rights of way are private property.
  • Never assume the tracks are abandoned or inactive – always expect a train.

the Discover the Union Pacific Rail Car, a multimedia exhibition-tour offering a glimpse of the past while telling the story of the modern railroad, will accompany the Big Boy on his tour. A vapor tracking map showing the location and route of # 4014 will be available on upsteam.com.

ABOUT THE PACIFIC UNION
Union Pacific (NYSE: UNP) delivers the goods families and businesses use every day with safe, reliable and efficient service. With operations in 23 western states, the company connects its customers and communities to the global economy. Trains are the most environmentally friendly way to move freight, helping Union Pacific protect future generations. More information on Union Pacific is available at www.up.com.

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