Southern Arkansas is on the route of Union Pacific’s Big Boy No. 4014 “The Big Boy 2021 Tour”.
The tour begins August 5 to celebrate railroad 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 railway. The multi-year restoration took place at Union Pacific’s Steam Shop in Cheyenne, WY, after a retirement that spanned six decades.
“Weighing 1.2 million pounds, the Big Boy makes a strong impression in the communities it visits, reminding us of days gone by and the important role the railway continues to play in our global economy,” said Scott Moore. , Senior Vice President – Corporate Relations. and administrative director. “This summer, we’re 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 leave the Steam Shop in Cheyenne on August 5, making brief whistle stops in communities in 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 17: Houston, TX
Saturday, August 21: New Orleans, Louisiana
Sunday, August 29: St. Louis, Missouri
Monday, September 6: Denver, Colorado
No. 4014 will return to Cheyenne after the stopover in Denver.
CLICK HERE to see the full list of night stops and whistles to be released later.
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 only working Big Boy in the world. The other seven are exhibited in various railway museums.